Places– of Charm

I’m excited about Saturday when our gardener Miguel will bring his team to dig out some grass in our front yard.  In the past two days I laid out a curvy design using an edge border material with the goal of curvy instead of rectangular flower beds.

Yesterday I dug out a small section myself to plant three Hardenbergia vines.  They grow four feet high but spread ten feet apart, and their purpose is to soften a wall behind a birch tree.  The pinkish-purple flowers with a chartreuse spot in center cascade like small Wisteria blossoms in the winter to early spring. I planted them in a mostly sunny location, and Hardenbergia doesn’t require much water. The name Hardenbergia honors Franziska Countess von Hardenberg, a 19th century Austrian patron of botany.


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3 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Hardenbergia really spreads nicely, Kathleen. My husband made a hedge from it. It’s a pea family plant from Australia. I’m looking forward to seeing your front yard redo!

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi Mary Alice and Janessa,
    I cut an old kiddy pool in half and used it to create the design curves. It’s easier to show than tell.

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