Gardening on a hillside

zkathy(7a NC)July 31, 2014

This was going to be year three of a five year garden renovation until I discovered hostas last year and decided to expand up the hillside into the woods. Now I figure I'm in year three of a ten year project.

This is what got done since last summer.
Kathy

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BungalowMonkeys(6-VA)

Oh, I love that! Im a total sucker for stacked stone beds and a walking trail. You have a great backyard. What are those grass clumps, are they a type of sedge? And what is that tall red flowing plant? Love that.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 8:26AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i like the stone... and the lack of grass.. crikey.. cant even use my best grass joke.. lol ...

i like the way.. you used the stone.. to make terracing ... to ease watering ...

did the rock come from the property.. or are you getting all buffed up.. moving stone ... that is tough work ... in volume ...

Gods work.. keep at it .... you are winning ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:00AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

Nice results for all that work.

bk

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:03AM
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sandysoil_2008(6 MA)

Very nice! I also love the stonework. I think your hostas will be very happy. And you have so much room for many more hostas - I'm jealous!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:06AM
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Jon

Stone borders, stone walls that start out of sight and meander along like a lazy stream, pines, a few accents.....I'm feeling weak.

Jon

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:15AM
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marta_in_qc

Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE this.

What you've done is very similar to what I was envisioning for a hillside of my own. Yours is a couple of years ahead of mine. :o)

Please post more pictures!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:56AM
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hostatakeover z6a swMO

Fantastic rock work! LOVE your gardens, zkathy....a nice mix of textures and colors. Very, very pretty.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:25PM
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zkathy(7a NC)

Thanks for the compliments!

Marta, I posted this for you. It's great fun, enjoy transforming your hillside.

Bungalowmonkeys, the grasses are some sort of carex and cheap, under $4 apiece. The red flower is Cardinal flower, I don't know the Latin name and I didn't know it would be that tall.

Ken, this whole hill is sand and sand rock. I have to buy the rocks and the dirt for the beds. I place the beds to impound any rainwater. Grass is creeping up the hill slowly so I guess eventually I'll have a lawn. I hate it, but DH will just have to cut it. I try to leave enough space between the beds for a riding lawn mower to fit.

Kathy

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:59PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Talk about good drainage, you sure have that. I like the way you can see things better like it is a natural ampitheater. I bet all those pine trees make a wonderful sighing music for you working on your hillside.

Lovely garden! GREAT job of it.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 2:10PM
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don_in_colorado

Looks fantastic, Kathy. Love it.

Great work!

Don B.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 6:41PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Gorgeous!!! I'd be constructing me a little log cabin on the left so I could sleep with the hosta! It's incredible, zKathy! You must love it!

Jo

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:14PM
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hostanista

Great start to a future hosta heaven! I'm surprised any grass will grow on those paths anyway - too shady. But perfect for our little friends!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:45PM
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sandyslopes z5 n. UT

Very nice! It looks like you've gotten a lot done in a short time.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 2:10AM
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