What does a gardener do with spare time and too little planting space? They make a new garden! That's exactly what happened this weekend. We started our garage cleanup Saturday morning and while my husband was taking some garbage to the dump I had some free time. Free time usually results in a new project in the garden. So, as I looked around the front yard I decided to pull back the edging in front of the lilac and butterfly bush. I pulled all the edging stone and dug out what seemed like endless amounts of turf.
This is what it looked like at the end of Saturday. I felt like I had one of the hardest workouts I've had in a very long time. It is about 4 or 5 feet wider than it was.
The next day I spent digging and leveling the stones. I had to have "the muscle" chisel one of the stones to fit. Then I filled it in with lots of garden soil. I know I need several more bags to fill in the low spots, but I couldn't resist planting. Everything I planted I already had and just transplanted to this area, except for the Salvia 'May Night' that I found at Home Depot when we went for the soil.
The plants that were already there plus what I moved in should all attract adult butterflies or their larvae. In front of the butterfly bush (buddleia alternifolia) and lilac I planted: penstemon, echinacea, scabiosa, liatris, monarda, salvia and Wallflower (erysimum). I have a lot of other butterfly attracting plants and shrubs nearby as well. I edged it with lamb's ears (stachys), I don't know if it attracts butterflies, but just thought it would be pretty there. Quite a few of these will also attract hummingbirds. I moved a birdbath to the new planting area with a stone in it so birds or butterflies can drink out of it.
It's right out our living room window and I can't wait to watch the butterflies and birds enjoy it.