Friday, April 18, 2014
With the break in the weather, I felt compelled to hit the home hardware store to finish off a few projects on my to-do list. Since installing Skookum last year, I have been thinking about the landscaping around the structure. I contacted my good friend Paula (who happens to also be a landscape architect :) and asked her for her suggestions as to what plants would work well in the area. I also needed the design to be low maintenance.
I initially wanted to go with flowering plants but remembered reading a few little library horror stories where bees and wasps took up residence in the structure. I thought about using different ornamental grasses but failed to find ones that could take full sun all day. Paula also suggested sedums and fortunately I was able to find these wonderful beds of multi-colored plants. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they only attract butterflies! I also placed a few "hens and chicks" around the base:
To combat the muddy entrance to Skookum, I purchased four eco-friendly pavers made of recyclable tires. Initially, I wanted to use flagstones but the installation process was too laborious. These eco-pavers were very quick and easy to set. Now visitors have a clean and comfortable surface to walk on:
The project is still under construction. I think I may add another two pavers and a small boxwood hedge on the right. We'll see how the area evolves over time. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to share your thoughts below.