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Friday Favorite: Front Foundation Garden

July 22nd, 2016

Every time I walk up to the front door I notice how much the front foundation garden has improved over the last year. Last fall, I dug everything out of the front flowerbed, smothered about a yard of grass in front of it and planted my boxwood hedge. The flowerbed was filled with ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas, a ‘Gertrud Jekyll’ rose, along with a cornelian cherry tree on the corner. By the front door I have planters filled with lovelies, a small terra-cotta chicken and other plants in pots.
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As I was looking for photos after dark last night, I realized I haven’t taken any photos from the point of view of walking up to our door. I’ll definetly do that tomorrow and share them with you next week. Right now this is one of my favorite things about the garden, all the hard work is finally started to show. I’m loving it every time I walk to the front door!

What are you loving in your garden right now?

Garden Tour: The Front Foundation Garden

September 15th, 2012

The front foundation garden was the first area I started to tackle when we moved here 10 years ago. It was planted with things that wouldn’t have survived in that bed. The rhododendrons in that bed were given to my parents and I replaced them with a few plants, most of which are long since gone.

I started by adding lots of chicken manure, leaf mold and compost for several years. Then I dig out all the big rocks and added more humus. After a few years, I decided it was time to plant a few things. This garden has evolved over time, just like my skills as a gardener. If I was starting this bed from scratch I’d do things a little differently.


Overall, I really like this flowerbed, it contains a mix of things that bloom throughout the seasons. Lots of spring flowering bulbs from February through April. It’s filled with peonies, hollyhocks, hydrangeas, catmint and other flowering beauties during the summer. In the fall there’s a beautiful ‘Pinky Winky’ hydrangea and a few balloon flowers that hang on for a last showing of color. It could use an evergreen shrub or two (like a boxwood) to give it a little more structure in the winter.


There are also lots of edibles; chives, fennel, asparagus, kale, blueberries, tomatoes, squash, cabbage and whatever other edibles I can tuck into empty spots.



My favorite time to view this flowerbed is in lat June when the ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea is at it’s best. There’s just something so wonderful about this original garden. It’s the first garden I started working on 10 years ago and it shows.

How old is your oldest garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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