When we purchased the house in 2015, there was a laurel hedge along most of the lot approximately 15 feet tall and 8 feet deep. Other than that, there were a few shrubs and a manicured lawn.
December 26, 2015, a hired crew came to remove most of the laurel and dig out its roots. Construction on the fence began shortly after. Dixon removed the remaining laurel in the fall of 2016 while I was hiking in Switzerland.
We did all of the design ourselves, and have only regretted one decision. We planted a hairy manzanita near the fire pit and it grew too big too fast. We attempted to transplant it, but were unsuccessful. This year, with all of the extra time at home, we removed a rather large eastern cedar. Dixon also created a full other bed in the east garden, in which we planted several ferns and a Japanese coral bark maple. The list of birds that visit daily is long, as well as several species of butterflies.
A new fence and new plantings, the summer of 2016:
Since then, we’ve been adding more plants, moving things around and continuing to dig up more grass.
Here’s what it looked like this fall.