Wildlife Garden

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.

Summer 2020

Summer 2019. We ended up moving the hairy manzanita (in the center of the photo) in the summer of 2020 because it was getting too big for the sitting area. it was a beautiful shrub, and we were sad when it didn’t survive the transplant.

Rock wall in the front of the house, facing south planted with loads of Lewisia.

When we were moving in, summer of 2015. In the tubs under the deck are plants and shrubs I had dug up from my condo’s garden, waiting for the fall rains to be planted. Last summer, stuck at home, Dixon dug up large amounts of this grass as well, putting in a raised bed with a Japanese maple, and ferns.

The “back yard” facing east. There are many more plants there now!

Plantings in the “back” yard. This is a newer area to be planted and in 2020 already looks very different. Camas, sword fern, hosta, penstemon, blue-eyed grass, tulips, evergreen huckleberry, are just a few of the plants in this bed.

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Lithodora, Oregon sunshine and dusty miller; also in the photo but either not blooming or hard to see: fox glove, camas, shasta daisy, jasmine, penstemon, and heather

Lupines and foxglove. I grew up a bunch from seed packets from one year and simply let them self-seed from then on, allowing them to grow where they do best.

Lewisia tweedyii in a “tom tom” made by a local potter. Tucked here and there are species I protect from the more assertive. Here is a Shooting star. I also have trout lilies, maidenhair fern and trillium.