With the hardscaping about 90% complete, we are nearing the end of what we will have the designer/installer do. We'll then start figuring out where plants go, a fun process for us.
One of the things we're looking forward to is softening the overall look of all this rock and paving with green and woody things. We'll start with a few small-to-medium sized trees and a handful of shrubs and work from there. Figuring out plant placement and combinations is one of our favorite aspects of gardening.
A tall pot will go in the middle of that circle, probably with something dramatic in it. I wonder what it will be?
The first plant to be planted is this Parrotia persica 'Red Vase,' a Persian Ironwood tree. As gardeners, it was a real thrill to see the first plant go in! Parrotias have great fall color, and, with age, fascinating bark. In the spring, tiny red flowers appear on the bare stems, revealing its relation to the witch hazels.
The crew assure us it will be just one more day, then they will be finished.