Most of my perennials I planted last year are coming back this spring. Yeah! I have some spots to fill in because last year my tomato plants took up majority of my garden. No tomatoes this year! I just don’t get enough sun on the side of the house to make it worth it. I can always go to my local farmer’s market to get my favorite heirloom tomatoes.
My biggest question this spring is what to put in the front of the house? I’ve gone back and forth on plants and shrubs a hundred times. Many of my lovely readers have sent me ideas but the only shrub that steals my heart is the boxwood. I know what your going to say, Don’t do it, they’re fussy, and they hate the snow/salt. But what I realized over the winter is that the snow never gets in the front garden. It builds up like a barricade in front of the sidewalk. Then you’ll probably say, they like lots of sun. Two neighbors on my street have different varieties of boxwood and they seem to be doing fine. So should I take the risk? Go for it or come up with something else? And no I don’t want Holly; too woody.
Below photos of the front garden. I raised the cobblestones up in the front garden this weekend. When we first put them in we had them flush with the sidewalk. I realized it’s better to have them lifted up so I can sweep a clean line with my broom. The messiness was driving me nuts.
My peonies, baptista, allium and hydrangeas are growing nicely. My Endless Summer Lacecap Hydrangea already has buds. I picked a few new flowers this morning including a foxglove. I love foxgloves but they are biannuals. Last year I didn’t think it was worth it to plant one because my garden is so small. But I can’t live without one; so I’ll make room. Stay tuned for more plant buying. May is the month to plant!