Tiered Flower Garden Makeover

4 Materials
$500
7 Days
Medium

We purchased a fixer upper home in August 2016. We found that the 1/2 acre yard need as much if not more fixing up than the inside. I'm a gardener, so that's just fine. I was up for the challenge. Come along as I show you the amazing transformation of a dreadful looking weed pit into a stunning, tiered flower garden.
Before - The Weed Pit
I began the makeover by digging out weeds, ditch lilies, weeds, lily of the valley, weeds – you get the picture. Some of the weeds were like trees and I had to have help removing those.
Making Progress - The Weed Pit
Here I'm making progress and seeing that this is a tiered bed. And, who knew all those lovely field stones were there. I love rocks almost as much as I love flowers. I uncovered a few other treasures besides the rocks- Asiatic lilies, a lovely bleeding heart plant and strawberries.
After 1 - All cleaned up
After several days and a lot of pain, here she is all cleaned up and pretty. I amended the sandy soil by adding compost and planted lots of perennials. The perennials include: several different varieties of coneflower, Asiatic lilies, irises, yarrow, daylilies and many more. I also added in a few annuals here and there for continuous color. I'm sure I'll be moving plants around over the next few years, trying to get it just right. After getting everything planted, I added a good layer of mulch and some fun decor pieces.
After - Tiered Flower Garden Makeover
Here is another view a few weeks later when the plants started filling in and the colors started to pop.

It's so gratifying to look back at a project of this magnitude and see what you accomplished. I am a 50+ year old woman and with the exception of getting help with a few very deep rooted weeds, I did this myself. Basically, it took a strong back, a good shovel and some good clippers. I didn't keep exact tabs but the plants and mulch were around $500. I purchased perennials because they come back every year. Check out more pictures and the full details of this makeover here.

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  • MEG
    MEG
    on Jun 15, 2019

    Kudos to you. You made an eyesore into a beautiful garden.

  • Kinshasa
    Kinshasa
    on Jun 23, 2019

    Do you see the weeda coming back, if so how often are you pulling weeds

    • Joanna - Gingham Gardens
      Joanna - Gingham Gardens
      on Jun 23, 2019

      I use a thick layer of mulch and under the mulch I used a product called Preen. The weeds are totally manageable. I go through the bed about once a week to weed and deadhead and it takes about 15-20 minutes.

  • Debra
    Debra
    on Jun 23, 2019

    You did a great job I am 60 and paint my house cut the grass and weed control actually I do it all I do have one question about the price seems kind of steep ? Or am I wrong

    • Joanna - Gingham Gardens
      Joanna - Gingham Gardens
      on Jun 23, 2019

      Hi Debra - I didn't keep exact records, but I purchased lots and lots of perennials and lots and lots of mulch, and lots and lots of compost. Sure, I probably could have gotten free perennials, but I'm picky and I didn't want what people were giving away. It's a really large area and if anything, I think the price is probably under estimated. I'm not quite 60, but like you I love taking care of my gardens and doing the projects myself. Happy gardening!

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  • Gert Domber
    Gert Domber
    on Apr 16, 2020

    THE WEEDS GET TALLER THAN ME, SO I HAD THEM CLEANED OUT AND PUT ROOFING MATS DOWN AND RIVER ROCKS AND PUT PAINTED POTS THERE WITH FLOWERS, LOL IT HAS BEEN 2 YEARS AND THIS YEAR SOME OF THE TULIPS AND DAFFODILS

    BROKE THRU, THE WHOLE SPOT USED TO BA DAFFY'S AND TULIPS, BUT THE WEEDS COULD NOT BE CONTROLLED.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    on Apr 16, 2020

    Good on you!! I’m 58 and while my back could PROBABLY (??) do it- my knees most definitely could not. I miss diggin in the dirt SO MUCH!!!

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