Very little room on the three sides of this house and a request for a lawn left little real estate for gardening, so making the garden elements interesting through the seasons was priority. The following three photos: before, then the following September, and then three springs after installation. Zelkovas were pruned to the ground and replaced with Italian cypresses, pink gaura, Phlomis fruticosa (yellow flowers), and the builder's hawthorn meatballs transplanted from the front.
The following four photos show the very narrow side garden which we turned into a bistro patio and snaking path that wove around the Rainbow Pillar serviceberries that replaced the bald cypress.
The bed in front of the front porch was crammed with plants to flower for over half the year: 'Lady Jane' tulips which perennialized, ajuga, snapdragons (one year), roof iris, and calamintha (in its prime in the middle of August in the fourth photo). The carpet of yellow in front of the snaps are mostly golden thyme on the right but are all flowers of Sedum tetractinum on the left.