Building a Children’s Garden- Part three

The final touches have been added to the new Children’s Garden.  Join us as we take a virtual tour of the new garden.  

The arbor and swing have been completed. The hobbit hill is done.  We’ve added three Vitex Agnus-Castus (Chaste tree).  These great large shrub like trees will grow and serve as a bit of a privacy screen.  They are also loved by butterflies.  

From this view, you can see the location of the Children’s Garden within a larger setting. The Chaste Trees will certainly add intimacy to the garden as they grow over the years, creating the sense of it’s own garden room separated from the expanse of lawn and other gardens along this garden corridor.
My son’s fairy garden is just one of the many elements that add pockets of interest to the over-all Children’s Garden. The hobbit house and arbor add structural elements and the mix of media used aids in the creation of a truly whimsical appearance.

I just love this bunny nestled in with the golden-chartreuse foliage from the ‘Sunshine’ Ligustrum. This lovely little shrub is a sterile privet and offers great color year round. A row of Salvia ‘May Night’ is planted alongside. The salvia is loved by pollinators and the purple flower spikes simply pop against the Ligustrum. Other perennials in this bed include, Echinacea ‘gum drop’, a mix of hollyhocks, spiral cut spartan junipers,a ‘Brandy Punch’ Hardy Hibiscus and a very whimsical Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (better known as a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick).
Many of the same specimens are used along the opposite side of the arbor. The large potted fern is an Australian tree fern. I absolutely love this giant fern. It’s worth the labor of moving it to the greenhouse each winter.  A rabbit topiary and both toad and calla lilies find refuge from the sun under the large fern.  A ‘Pearly Gates’ climbing rose will hopefully love it’s new home and choose to climb the arbor.  A clump of Walkers Low Jr. Catmint is planted near each pillar.  It’s purple flower spikes will add beauty in the future as it ages along with the ‘Graham Blandy’ Boxwood.  A Gaura lindheimer ‘Freefolk Rosy’ will add wonderful movement as it dances on the breeze with it’s pink blossoms.  And you might have noticed the day lily just beginning to bloom.  This orange day lily is called ‘Primal Scream’… It’s big, bight and fun.  I can’t wait to see how this bed matures over the next several years.  It should prove to be lovely.

Now it’s time to grab my book and enjoy an afternoon in my swing. All the hard work has paid off. Thanks for joining me in this three part series. Until next time, happy gardening!

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