From the 1st visit with the realtor to our new home, I KNEW the garden around the house would be gravel with meandering paths & terraces of gravel further from the house. And, siting of large pots with HYDRANGEA, drip irrigation of course, were paramount.
Leaving a cottage garden of 3 decades, our new garden is American Farmhouse, ca. 1900. More importantly, its design will be for our 80 year old selves. I must be 80 years old, have a gorgeous garden with zero worries about maintaining it. A garden must leverage life, not the reverse.
This garden, above/below, I shot late last summer. Limelight hydrangeas in the same situation as my new garden. Loving, to the center of my DNA, this garden, I had zero clue I would soon be owning similar. Alas, it's owned by a man, greatly talented, and strong. My garden must be smarter, my strength not as great. Game on.
Fearless, gravel will go to the house, similarly, below.
Not wanting formality, gravel will lap at our century old pecan trees, Tara Turf will lap at some pecan trees too.
As time passes, stone will be added to the gravel as needed. Stone, below, added for rain issues. And, I will site wisteria 'Amethyst Falls' at my front porch. Vines or espaliered trees/shrubs add lush without space.
Knowing gravel terraces will be included, below, great anticipation in wondering 'exactly' where.
Transitioning to meadow, I will add checkerboard squares, below.
Furlow Gatewood has smashed a bottle of champagne upon thousands of ships, below, with his allee of hydrangeas in pots. Copy, it's the 1st rule of garden design.
Wildly, without knowing the deeper truths of our new garden, my initial thoughts for design are more than suitable at age 80. Even life saving, for any age. Snakes, the indigenous timber rattler. Luckily have already interrupted a long king snake under the house. Lucky, yet totally scared when I saw him.
Gravel is the best solution, trying to be safe, in defense of snakes near the house. I got the memo, go me.
Sourcing pots now, I think I've found them !
Garden & Be Well, XO T
Top 2 pics mine, the rest from my Pinterest Board, Stone.