When we first moved in the foundation plantings were done. Along this side of the house I have Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard' and Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'. I moved the 5 Hellebores into the back where there is more shade. At first glance we thought there would be more shade along the side of the house, but apparently not. In its place I planted the Peony I brought with me from Virginia. I was able to divide it into three clumps....they should do well there.Along the right hand edge of the photo you see the woods. It is someone else's lot, but until sewer comes to our subdivision, no one can build on it as it doesn't perc. Our property goes about 5 feet into the 'wild' at the bottom of the picture, gradually increasing as we move toward the cars and up to the street. I think at the street our wild area is about 30 feet wide.
Once all the pulling and planting was done, I used what bales of pinestraw I had on hand and top dressed the beds. It helps define the beds and as the leaves and pine needles fall, it will add more to the top of the forest floor and my beds. I spread 6 bales (two days ago, spread lots more on other days).
Looking up to the parking area there is another green shrub that we planted. Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet'. It is a compact evergreen viburnum and will add a bit of screening once someone does decide to build on the next lot.
More garden planning - planting coming soon!! Come again.