Previous to our work here, this home was in the shadows of darkness. A large Spruce filled up the entire front yard into the sidewalk and large shrubs cloaked the house. We removed the shrubs and tree, replaced part of the lawn and planted a bright and colorful Wildflower Garden in its place.
Seen here is the garden in the Spring of its second year.
Toby is sniffing around trying to get into trouble.
Seen here are the buttercup yellow flowers of Sand Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, the white tube-like flowers of Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis and a lonely Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida.
Prairie wildflowers, those that grow in the full sun, flower later than woodland wildflowers.
It is summertime now and everything looks different. The yellows abound! See the row of assorted shrubs we planted along the shady north side of the building.
Doesn't this look better than rows of Yews that surround the front of most homes in the Chicago area?