Better than Concrete, Planter Stays Green All Year

Almost another boring slab of concrete, this garden spot stays green all winter. The warmth from the house keeps the plants alive.

Almost a boring slab of concrete, this garden spot stays green all winter. The warmth from the house keeps the plants alive. The primary plants you see are Bear’s Breeches (left) and a Leapord Plant.

It was about to be another boring slab of concrete. Now, it’s a nice piece of garden that stays green through winter. It took a few tries to get this little garden spot right.

Three summers ago, my landlord busted out the final remnants of spent concrete in 3’ x 5’ section against the southeast corner of our house. He was planning on pouring new concrete there, until I offered an alternative of creating garden space. It saved his back and money, along with looking much better.

Blushing Bride Spiderwort thrives up against the house.

Blushing Bride Spiderwort thrives up against the house.

I dug out two layers of medium-sized rocks, and poured in fresh soil. That was about a three-hour chore. That was the easy part.

I planted a Bleeding Heart in the center, which still blooms in the spring, but dies back in July. I planted annuals to fill for the rest of the summer. Then the big problem hit. The eastern half of the planter died back. Sitting right above the dead zone was a dryer vent. The hot exhaust scorched plants and soil.

Then my neighbor Martin had a great idea. He unscrewed the vent, and changed the direction so the exhaust would shoot out to the side, instead of straight down. I re-amended the soil, and started planting perennials.

Dryer Vent

Changing the dryer vent’s direction so exhaust goes to the side instead of straight down saved the plants and soil underneath.

Now, the garden square is thriving with Bear’s Breeches, the Bleeding Heart, a Leopard Plant and Blushing Bride Spiderwort. The warmth from the house helps keep the spot green all winter, as the Leopard Plant can be an evergreen in a mild Seattle winter. I still add a few Waxed Begonias in the spring for summer color.

 

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2 Responses to Better than Concrete, Planter Stays Green All Year

  1. Susan F Jones says:

    That sounds really cool! Glad to hear you are making good choices and keeping your household green as much as possible. Garden on, Stephen!

  2. Havicom says:

    Thanks Susan! I saw your dad in January at my dad’s funeral. He challenged me to shoot photos differently, and it has really improved my images.

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