Welcome to my Spokane Valley garden. Our home faces south and 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 is the view of the front when looking northwest toward our neighbor's home. As the trees grow larger they will give a sense of separation between the closely-spaced houses.
I'll just give you a quick peek at the southeast side of the home, since this is where we store our trash cans (you can see them hidden in back). Let's move on quickly to the west side of the home and the entrance to the backyard.
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.
If you turn around as you reach the gate and look back toward the front, this is the view. I love how the plants in this shot look billowy and encompassing, which is how I hope the rest of the landscape looks as it matures.
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.
After you pass through the gate, you enter this little foyer to the backyard. We completed a major landscaping project in the backyard in 2013, so everything is still filling in back here. Eventually the shrubs and trees in this part of the garden will grow large enough to block most of the view of the rest of the garden, which should create a sense of mystery that draws you forward to explore.
If you look north from the gate in spring, this is what you'll see. Columnar 'Green Tower' boxwoods stand as sentinels and 'Royal Raindrops' crab apples (here the blossoms have faded and will soon fall) 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 is the northwest corner when viewed from the center lawn. In early 2015 we added a small arbor and bench in the back 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.
And here is the same view in early fall when the perennials have filled out. Early evening light makes it especially lovely.
This spring photo reveals the path that curves around the back of the main sunny garden bed in the northwest corner.
This view changes through the season as flowers come and go. In June globe alliums and vividly colored perennials burst into bloom.
By the end of summer same view 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.
Here is another shot of the northeast corner from a different angle.
If you continue walking around the path from the northeast corner toward the south, you come to this view of the area directly east of the house. The center front of the photo shows my small white garden, while the 'Green Tower' boxwood marks the change to a mauve and chartreuse color scheme farther south. A white trellis screens the air conditioner and the 'Construction Site', which is what we call an area of bare dirt where the kids like to dig.
This shot gives another view of the southeast corner of the backyard. With the lilac shrubs blooming in this enclosed space, the fragrance fills the air.
In this view from fall, there are fewer flowers to be seen, but that's fine because I'm tired of deadheading by that time of year anyway.
A view from the fence looking north toward the main part of the backyard shows many shades of green in August.
This final shot shows the last part of the garden as the path curves around to pass by the patio with its ugly aluminum roof. I'm not going to share photos of that area until we remodel it in a few years.
Thanks for coming on this tour of VW garden! I hope you found some inspiration and will drop by to see the changes as the garden continues to grow.