Our entrance garden is an attempt to copy some of the plant community we see and like in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This area was a gravel parking lot 5 years ago.
We began the garden by putting 4 inches on compost on the gravel surface then an additional 6" of wood chips and mulched this with 2" of leaf mulch.
The beds were shaped and contoured to give a natural feel.
Yellow birch, rhododendron, spruce and fir were planted the first year.
The second year we added and irrigation system and moss.
By year three the shade from the trees was good enough that we could introduce the under story flowers
These column were built this spring, a gate should arrive any day.
We use some plants that are not native like this yak rhodo.
nordman fir and blueberries
We add additional plants each year: flowers trees and shrubs.
This garden is different everyday of the year.