The Pass-through Garden

Between the back of the garage and the Hugelbed, and in front of the garden shed is a small area that I have decided to call the “Pass-through Garden”. It contains the pathway to the rear door of the garage and the entrance to the garden shed as well as the path to a place where I can talk over the side fence with the neighbour.

My side of the tall board fence where I talk with my neighbour is very shady all day. I have a young yellow Trumpet Vine growing on a trellis there, underplanted with a Kirigeshoma and a Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa). The other gardens were all too hot and sunny for these latter two.

To get to this gossiping  place one has to go past the entrances to both the garden shed and the garage and between two other, much sunnier borders. I just added a metal gate/pergola to the entrance. Maybe a climbing rose or a honeysuckle vine will be planted to clamber over it.

The image below was taken on November 2 of last year (2015). While many flowers had gone, Love Lies Bleeding and Chrysanthemums were still valiantly carrying on! The tiles were installed last summer and are made of rubber. While you can’t see it from this angle there is a new Clematis on a trellis at the left of the garden shed doorway. You can see another trellis to the right of that doorway which supports my second yellow Trumpet Vine. This one came from my previous garden and I thought it had died last winter so I bought a new one. Then, didn’t this one emerge and grow like Topsy!!  So now I have two!!

Nov 4, 2015- 11

About Trillium

Retired teacher living in Lillooet on the banks of the Fraser River in the mountains of the Interior of British Columbia in western Canada. I have gardened since I was 3 and I recently turned 71 years of age, so it has been a long time. I began gardening in southern Quebec in eastern Canada, just north of the Vermont border. Next, I tried it in Prince George, in central British Columbia, where the temperature ranges from -50F in winter to +95F in summer. After my fill of that, I moved to central Vancouver Island in south-west BC and gardened in pots on a sailboat for 11 years followed by a ten-year stint in a narrow, trailer-park garden in the temperate rainforest. At last, in July of 2014, I bought my current home in the drylands of the southern Interior of the Province to begin the learning curve once again. It's been a ride!!
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