About three years after I moved into the old house, I spent several thousand dollars on landscaping the backyard to make it completely landscaped so that it would be without any lawn whatsoever.
I'd drawn up a plan to create a large semi-circular path around the middle garden. I had to work with an existing path which had originally led to a clothesline, stuck in the middle of the backyard waste-land, and also there was an old concrete slab right out the back which was completely useless. There was a garden shed close to the house, and other concrete areas which were functional, if ugly. Here's the plan:
The plants used in the left-hand side were to be mirrored by the plants on the right-hand side. Most plants were hybrid bird-attracting natives. On the day we had to remove the weeds and topsoil (what little there was), then put on a thick layer of good quality soil. Then the plants were placed in, and the watering system, and finally the mulch.
It eventually turned into a great timesaver, but because of ongoing drought conditions, the gardens were quite slow to grow. It was only when I was leaving two years ago, that the plants had really starting picking up. Here are some before and after photos:
|First we took out the fence between us and the neighbours,|
and then began to remove the weeds and topsoil
|After removal of the topsoil - revealing mostly clay underneath,|
we brought in good quality topsoil to lay over the top.
|Then first plants went in, along with the watering system, |
followed by the mulch.
|The right-hand side of the path and middle garden.|
|The left-hand side of the path and the middle garden etc|
|Looking down the old concrete path, and the new|
pebble paths connecting up together.
Here's the right-hand side of the garden, which for some
reason was much slower growing than the rest,
possibly because the next-door neighbour's trees used
up all of the good nutrition and water from my garden.
|Left hand path and garden, with the seating area in the rear right.|
|More of the middle garden is visible here.|
|Here's the lovely view of the left-hand side from our back porch.|
|View of the middle garden. I'd planned to eventually put|
a shade over the seating area at the rear.