You are looking towards the back of the yard. The grapevines are on the left. The pile of dirt is what my older boys are moving so I can make more veggie beds. There is a one foot deep layer of gavel that has to be taken out to get to the clay heavy soil. I think we are going to try to bring some topsoil in for this area.
This area is going to become an herb garden. It is right next to the grape arbor. We are planning a sitting area under the arbor. If you look all the way to the back of the yard you can see the chicken coop and yard with some compost bins next to it. I planted pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, and nasturtiums in the compost. We are hoping to grow one really big pumpkin.
This is the crepe myrtle. It is starting to leaf out nicely. See the little apple tree next to the crepe? We had a few apples on it last year. My dad pruned both trees for me when my parents visited last month. My mom helped me pick out a bunch of perennials and some roses. They gave me a yard warming. They also bought us some nice pruning tools.
I planted some sweet peas, salvia, and lobelia in the fake well planter. I need to take them out and add some more soil so that they are up higher and more visible. Daylillies are growing under the crepe myrtle, apple tree, and all the way out to the front of the yard. I don't know what color they are. Hopefully they will bloom this year.
The veggie garden is in the foreground. The perennial border is around the dead tree. I have a mandevilla that was a Mother's day gift growing up the tree. The guys are probably going to cut it down in the fall. And then there is the new lawn that my husband started about two months ago. It has really helped to cool the yard down.
This is the view of the border from the house. See the cute tea cup planters? My mom bought those for me. Love them!
A closer look at the other side of the fake well and the crepe myrtle. I put some pansies here. They are one of my favorite flowers.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our side yard. We have a lot of work to do. I like to take pictures of the veggie garden every month so I might post an update later.