So remember my front garden border? First I planted Endless Summer Hydrangeas but was inpatient and thought they weren’t doing well so I pulled them out–in hindsight I should have left them alone. Then, I planted boxwoods. The boxwoods got burnt or peed on and overall just haven’t been happy in the space.
My new plan was to plant the boxwoods in zinc planters and move to our someday brick patio/driveway. The planters I originally wanted were absurdly expensive. And then this spring Terrain started carrying fiberglass versions–they look like zinc, have a drainage hole, frost-proof, affordable and are relatively light. Terrain offers a number of different styles but I thought the Manor Planter fit the style of my house. I got four ON SALE a few weeks ago.
Next spring, we are planning to brick our driveway and put up a fence along the whole side of our house (similar to this old photo we found) pending historic society approval. I figure I can scatter the boxwoods around the driveway and decorate the space like a patio in the summer months and then rearrange in the winter so we can pull our car into the driveway.
A few weeks ago Greg and I were digging up the boxwoods and I started to think I kinda liked the way the planters looked resting in the front garden bed. Maybe it dressed the space up or the height added something that lacks in the space currently. And then I thought, what about laying small gray river rocks on the ground and leaving the planters there?
But here’s where my idea gets tricky. Next spring the house is getting painted, shutters added, and window boxes are going on the front of the house. I think once the exterior is complete the planters will be too cluttered and tall in the space. So maybe the idea doesn’t work for the long-term but maybe they can stay put for this summer?
My hostas I planted in the back of my house have done great but I planted them way too close together. I was thinking I could break the plants apart and move them to the front garden once the boxwoods planters got moved to the back brick patio. And add in some ferns in the back for height?
Ug, so annoying! And yes, I feel like the crazy plant lady in town! I wish I had a simple solution that would have worked the first time around. Below some photos and inspiration.
Boxwoods in fiberglass planters.
Hostas in my back garden growing too close together.
A rock path at the Lee Mansion in Marblehead, Ma.
A rock path next to a brick sidewalk in Salem, MA
Beautiful brick driveway with zinc planters in Salem, MA
Shade garden in Salem, MA
Inspiration for my fence project in Marblehead, MA. Note the fence can be opened and closed over the driveway. Good for kids!