Just in time for the "Day of the Open Garden Gate" my new front garden is finished. It is supposed to be a meditative 'ZEN' - garden built to remember my beloved husband and parents - a "Garden of memories"!
This was the way the front garden was left by the first house owner of our house: the thick concrete wall which wasn' t very inviting; the unimaginative concrete flag stones on the driveway; the hard, dark wooden garage gate; and last but not least, the slippery, red stones on the path to the house. These stones were a great danger every winter because they were designed for indoors!
In the Spring the soil was a blue sea of Chionodoxa and Leucojum. But later on in the year it was simply a desert of bushes and raspberries - I didn' t like the Thujas and the other shrubs - there were simply too many and the nice ones got lost without a concept and structure.
So I planed a new front garden and redid all the details according to the motto: "meditation - memory". On May 19, the excavator started working - this picture was taken one day later!!!
First off, the old garage door was removed and a new, remote-control, white one was installed. The driveway was paved with dark basalt. After installing the fixtures for light and the remote for the gate, my gardeners built the path to the house using large, Scandinavian stone plates and between them, little basalt stones.
My next job was to put the main plants in the right place and to plan the dry stone brook and the "crane island".
Ok! Come on in through my Chinese Lucky Gate protected by dragons!!!
On the left is a pebble border with two Hostas, one Iris and in two stone pots with day lilies.
In a ZEN-Garden, blooming plants aren' t that important. Hence, there are not so many in the frontgarden. No wonder then that the fly saw the first blooming day lily.
The right side is one great border from the gate to the neighbor' s fence. Here is the Gingko-Pinus garden, then the "crane island" and the cherry bridge, the moss border, the dry brook, the fern garden, the bamboo hall and - last but not least the Azalea-Box ball border.
This orchid is an eye-catcher in the Gingko-Pinus garden.
The "crane island" really gave a headache! I didn' t want to make the symbolized water out of sand and have to rake it every day. So I took gravel and pebbles in four sizes going from small to large towards the outer edge, thus imitating waves. The places between the rocks I filled with moss and planted a little taxus.
There is only Sagina subulata and moss from the nearby forest, from the pond and from my house roof in the moss border. They reside together with some ferns and a Carex, which are allowed to grow higher.
Here is another view of the Azalea-Boxball garden towards the gate.
The Chinese Primula (Primula vialii) like their position in the Azalea-Boxball garden.
To achieve a good effect and view through the whole year I planted a lot of evergreen plants which keep their leaves in Winter: box, taxus, bamboo, rhododendron and pine.
With my two Asian Maples, the Fothergilla, and the Gingko, I hope to achieve wonderful red-yellow colors in Autumn.
And now, thank you, Iris, for the Award you gave me! I' d like to pass this honour on to all my blog friends. And a special thanks to "Das wilde Gartenblog" for a second price at the competition for garden design. Nadia - I wish you happy holidays near me!