After six and a half years of living in our house, four of the plants in our front garden bed had suffered from the poor soil of the original garden bed and at least three very harsh winters. After looking at a garden bed full of dead leaves and sparsely leafed plants for a year, I had enough. I dug up two of the four plants (B helped me dig up the other two, as I discussed in a previous post), and we filled them in with a common boxwood, two Japanese boxwoods, and my Mother’s Day gift from the boys: a Japanese maple. It was a lot of work, and I still detest the weird fluffs in the front, but it is definitely improved. Seven bags of mulch later and it looked fresh, new, and most importantly, alive! HA!
*On a side note, I know that right now everything looks small, but the Japanese boxwoods grow to between 3-6 feet in diameter and the maple will eventually be upwards of five plus feet tall. I have a really hard time buying plants and not thinking beyond their purchase size, but B has helped me to get better at that!