Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Entryway

So, I promised a friend back home that I would post a photo of the entryway to my house. She wanted to see a photo because I am always telling her how the frogs, toads, lizards, and geckos hang out there amongst the plants and I have to be careful not to step on them when I open the door! She says it sounds like I live in a terrarium, and well, I guess it sorta does look that way:

Here is what it looked like before (this picture may be kinda dark, but it was the only pre-plant photo I had):

And here is the same shot today:

This area is pretty much entirely comprised of deep shade (it gets maybe 2 hours of sunlight on the interior path and maybe a few minutes of sun right by the doorway). I didn't know what I wanted to do with it, but I knew I didn't want to look at the ugly dirt strip and big flat brick wall next to the pathway.

The solution? Start by removing the crap landscapers red-death filler soil in the dirt strip and fill it back up with a high quality soil and top it off with some nice river rocks. Then, with the Home-Depot gift card I received that Christmas, purchase a nifty Lion fountain and put it in the center of the brick wall to give some height to the area.

Next, I purchased some Philodendrons and stuck them on either side of the fountain. I also potted up a Japanese Aralia for the deep shade by the door and an Abutilon a little further out where the sun shines for like an hour or so.

Finally, I bought some boston ferns and hung them above the fountain. I tucked in some bougainvilla in the sunny outer corners and potted up a meyer lemon and put that out at the edge of the path in the front where the sun bakes and bakes it.

And Wha-la! I live in a terrarium ;)


Lancashire rose said...

Your entry way is lovely. i almost think that shade is a necessity in Texas for many plants that would nprmally enjoy full sun in other parts of the country. I have one bed that has dappled sun and it suits plants that usually like full sun.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Wow! You transformed that spot. And apparently provided a great habitat for our lizard and toad friends.

Where did you get the fountain?

Meadowview Thymes said...

This is beautiful! Your ideas are amazing. I love to see what is new in your garden!

Lee17 said...

Lancashire rose,

Well, thank you ;) Shade sure is a necessity - the plants that say full sun usually do better in part shade and those that say part shade seem to do just as well in fairly dark shade I am finding out.

Lee17 said...


Yep, I did! I like it much better now. I got that fountain from Home Depot. I had a gift certificate and went browsing for something to buy there and there was the fountain sitting there and I thought to myself, wouldn't that look nice in my entryway. And so it was ;)

Lee17 said...

Meadowview Thymes,

Gosh, thank you! I do a lot of browsing through garden books and such and then try and put something together myself.