Well now my yard is sort of "bookended" with boulder gardens. I'm on a corner, and the hill on the side where the streets cross is a perennial garden edged by boulders. Now on the alley side I have done the same. This is a lasagna garden, of course, and no, I did not wait to start planting. Most of it is pretty deep, and in the shallower areas I used small plants or left them unplanted. I will have to wait until fall or spring to integrate with the existing plants so some of the plantings might not make sense right now. Also, the inner edge of the garden is not finished yet; I want to put in a raised vegetable area as this is the only full sun area I have. I need to figure out how to place the raised bed and merge it with the existing border so that it looks good. I had the rocks and soil delivered on July 3. It took 4 days to place the boulders, and I have just done a little each day since then. Here is the construction and progress to date.
First, a before picture:
Materials delivered. Eeyoooo, why did I do this? Where do I start?
Covering, filling in and planting:
I still have a slender hinoki cypress and Black Lace elderberry to plant, and will need to adjust things a bit this fall or next spring to sort of meld everything together a little better. I have the raised bed borders and need to decide how I want to place those so it will look okay, because I will definitely need to add rabbit fencing. I also still have a good sized pile of soil to move into the raised bed, but I was actually pretty surprised at how fast it went.