This small backyard garden is amongst a lot of big shade trees. It’s amazing how much they still manage to grow where many people would just plant hostas and mulch.
And saving a lot of rain water:
And growing even more plants from seeds or volunteers:
There’s a little pond buried in this garden bed:
I like this guy watching over the plants:
We’re also seeing way more vegetables integrated into the perennial beds. I call this an excellent trend. Somewhere in my lifetime we went from honouring the vegetable garden to seeing it as a sign of impoverishment that should be hidden away. Now veggies are the new garden art and I hope we all eat our way through this phase for a long, long time. Forever, in fact.
I like the planters around the screened gazebo:
Another view of the tomatoes:
In Thailand, elephants are a sign of good luck. I think this one looks extra lucky:
This next photo shows a bat house on a tree stump. You’ve got to do your homework before you create animal homes of any kind but done right, it’s a good thing. Dead tree stumps are a crucial resource for all sorts of critters. More and more people seem to be leaving them in place. Just think of how a forest does it. Dead stumps provide housing and food for many years before they finally tumble down. The eco-system relies on them.
Green roofs! They are popping up everywhere. Here it tops off the potting shed/table. Again, you have to know what you’re doing. That’s a lot of weight to have overhead so the construction has to be safe:
Garden art has always been around but in recent years it seems more, well, artistic. Handsome metal bug:
Integrated veg beds, garden art, water collectors, bat house, screened reading/sleeping porch, green roof garden, non-plastic garden art…. Gardening has sure changed in recent years. Do you see these changes where you are?