This morning I worked on a circular parterre garden that is in front of my house. This garden is on a large lawn that gets full sun, so I have planted four knockout rose bushes and eight small boxwoods. In the next week I will plant twelve small sunpatiens to complete the plantings. They start out small and then are enormous by August. I always choose a variety of sunpatiens with vibrant colors as shown in the photo above.
Mulch for the parterre will be delivered this afternoon, so I removed weeds this morning to prepare the parterre. I have to say that the scufflehoe is a perfect tool for that job. Later I will start putting the fresh mulch on this garden to improve its appearance and to help with the many variety of weeds that love living there. If I am not careful, this prominent garden in my yard could turn into a messy weed patch!
When my husband and I moved here, we knew we wanted to do something with the large expanse of lawn in the front of the house. It seemed like a waste not to have a garden in this sunny area. We worked with a landscape designer to create the parterre, which is a formal garden. My feeling is, the fewer plants, the better. Keep it simple with some evergreens for winter and blooming plants for summer. Once the mulch is in, this is actually a low-maintenance garden. All I have to do is watch the sunpatiens grow with their amazing colors. They are a perfect plant to accent a garden in full sun.