Monday, April 29, 2013

backyard

Jon and I divvy'ed up the landscape design between the front yard (Jon) and back yard (me). Here's a rough  schematic of what we're dealing with in the back:
One of the first things I wanted to do was thin out the overgrown random foliage along the southern fence (or the one on the right in the picture above) of our property.
Before
 I started by pulling the little tree/bush/random things out with my bare hands. I eventually turned to pruning shears to cut out most of the remaining bigger ones.
After (note giant stick pile in back right corner)
We're also going to put up a shed soon and we have a raised 4'x4' veggie garden back there. I plan on adding an additional 4'x4' bed each year along the northern chain-link fence but it's a surprisingly expensive commitment so I couldn't do all of them this year like I had initially planned. Here's how I would love the back to look by the end of this summer:
Does anyone have suggestions for nice climbing flowers that are partial (as well as full) shade? We're also tossing around the idea of staining our back patio so anyone with tips on that I'm all ears!

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