Welcome to my Spokane Valley garden. Our home is located on a quarter acre plot in a typical suburban neighborhood. When we bought the house in 2007, the landscape consisted of a few boring shrubs, one wilted tree, and poor quality lawn everywhere else. Since then we have been working hard to build something special. The photo above shows the front in May 2014, with 'Walker's Low' catmint beginning its long bloom season.
Here we back up to April 2014 to see the spring tulips and creeping phlox in full bloom. By June the English rose bushes are the stars of the show, and after their first flush finishes the daylilies bloom in July and August. By September the roses are starting another round of blooms. Lavender catmint and 'Rozanne' hardy geraniums add color throughout the summer.
This small garden on the west of our home has been my favorite part of the yard for the past few years. That will probably change as the backyard landscape matures, although my kitchen window overlooks this part of the garden so I will continue to spend time enjoying it each time I do dishes. As you see above, many small bulb fill the area with color in early spring.
By late spring the perennials fill out, then in June the climbing roses burst into bloom. Asiatic and Orienpet lilies bloom next in sunset shades, then deep rose daylilies and sedum carry the color through the end of summer.
As fall fades into winter, the yellow leaves of the daylilies provide the main color, though the catmint continues to bloom until heavy frost puts everything to sleep for several months.
If you look north from the gate in summer, this is what you'll see. Columnar 'Green Tower' boxwoods stand as sentinels and maroon-leaved 'Royal Raindrops' crab apples anchor the northwest corner. The flagstone path continues around the backyard in a large circle, with spurs leading down the east and west sides of the house.
This side view of the main sunny bed is from June 2017. I'm hopeful that the 'Royal Purple' smoke tree at the center of the bed will anchor the space as it matures.
In early 2015 we added a small arbor and bench in the back of the northwest corner, which makes an excellent spot to watch the bees on the crab apple trees in spring or the hummingbirds and butterflies on the butterfly bushes in summer.
In fall the northwest corner features vibrant leaf colors. This shot was taken from a second story window.
By the end of summer this corner is full of leaves and a few flowers from asters, Russian sage and butterfly bushes.
The northeast corner of the backyard features a swing set for our four kids. I planted honeysuckle vines on either side that should eventually camouflage it completely.
This bench behind the swing set is a favorite spot to sit and view the garden or watch the kids on the swings. The 'Shademaster' honey locust trees are slowly growing large enough to provide light shade for the entire corner, and maturing shrubs are starting to create a comfortable sense of enclosure.
After rounding the corner of the path and turning south, this is the view. A 'Black Lace' elderberry shrub echoes the maroon-leaved trees and shrubs on the other side of the yard.
The southeast corner of the backyard includes a small white garden against a leafy backdrop that screens the view to the neighbor's house.
This spur of the path continues down the east side of our home. The color scheme here is mauve, cool pink, true blue and chartreuse. In this spring shot the path is covered with white petals from the 'Spring Snow' crab apple trees.
A view from the fence looking north toward the main part of the backyard shows many shades of green in August.
Our dining room addition and patio remodel were finished in 2017. We replaced the trashy tin patio roof with a sturdier version that looks more like wood. A climbing hydrangea (H. anomala petiolara) is planted at the corner post and will eventually grow up and across the outside of the patio cover.
Here is the view of the back of our home. We're really enjoying the addition and the new patio area.
This picture shows our landscape from above. I love that the gardens keep getting better each year. I'll keep updating this page as the views change.