Ahh I have been waiting for this day all summer long! I finally got to play in the dirt over at the guest cottage, which is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been landscaping my bootie off over here the last few days. Well, more accurately landscaping my arms off…but 70 some odd plants and 22 bags of mulch later things are looking good! I had a lot of help from the people at Walters Gardens. They made me a great landscaping plan, and provided me with all the awesome Proven Winner plants. Most of our yard at our house is in the sun so I’m not as familiar with the best plants for shady areas. They were so great in helping me figure out everything I needed!
I’ve had a few questions on Instagram about planting in September like this. Fall is actually a great time to plant in Michigan. The colder temps and soil are easier for the plants to adapt to, and everything should come back up beautifully in the spring. I can’t wait! We just need to survive the winter first.
Let’s do a little before and after action before I share all the plant names.
Ahh I never get over these photos, so fun to look back!
Lake Cottage Landscaping Plans
So here is the landscaping plan that Walter’s Gardens made for me, which lists all the plants. I figure that’s the easiest way for you to see the different varieties I used. We switched a few things around based on availability, but overall this is pretty close to what I planted.
I wanted a lot of purples and pinks mixed in amongst the green. I’m so happy with the choices we made.
We also put in this new gravel drive and sun garden. It really changes the look of the place from the road. Everything in here the Catmint, Junipers, and Russian Sage should get nice and tall and cover up our ugly utility pole in the next few years.
I couldn’t resist adding some purple mums for fall out on the patio.
Charlie apparently couldn’t resist them either. He has been loving “his” new office spot.
I still have plans to add window boxes, house numbers, and exterior lighting but landscaping made such a huge difference! I can’t wait to see these Proven Winner plants mature over the next few years.
It feels like a brand new place!
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