So, this is what the house looked like before.
Did I say we have sand? Just look at it. Dead-looking and empty. No curb appeal what-so-ever. Not that we have a curb, or that I want it to be appealing to others. No. I just want to drive up to my house to a beautiful entry. Sit on my porch and not be irritated by my sandbox yard. Have something I enjoy looking at.
So, I remembered that there was a large pile of left over slate from the previous owner. Originally, I thought of making stepping stones out of the slate. Most of it was broken in random pieces and I thought I would put them in concrete molds and place them around the property. Well, then I thought I could make a walkway in front of the stairs with them. So, that is what I did.
I placed the slate down in different patterns and widths until I came up with one I like. It reminded me of making a mosaic. I love working with stained glass and making mosaics so this seemed more like an art project than a landscaping project. The kids helped until they got bored, which was pretty fast.
I added river rock around the slate and filled in the cracks with, yes, more sand. But, for a good reason. The sand holds the slate and rock in place so we don't kick it around everywhere. I also added two, 2 foot by 50 foot flower beds on either side spanning the length of the path.
I added in some heavily-scented gardenias and some random flowers I can not remember the name of. They are hardy and do well in sand/clay. I am also going to add in some rosemary and herbs. My goal is to have a wonderfully-smelling walkway that is also pleasing to the eye. I am going to plant a few more flowers, then mulch with pine straw. Also, I am going to till, and re-seed the front yard to try and get some grass growing. I am thinking of planting alfalfa. It grows well in the sandy soil and it it really thick and pretty.
What do you think so far?
I planted some foxgloves right in the middle. We had a bad storm yesterday, so I had to prop the flower stems back up to help them recover. I have never seen foxgloves this big. The stems are almost 3ft tall!