Grassless side yard

C. L. Sleger
July 17, 2015

When I bought the house in 2003 the west side yard was a dry weedy strip with hard clay soil. The old path of limestone slabs provided the inspiration for a grassless side yard.

I dug everything up, amended the soil, and put in thyme, lavender, dianthus, creeping phlox and sedums. At first they looked like hair plugs:

Now, in late May and early June:

The garden is considerably taller in autumn. This is Zone 5 so you see lots of asters, goldenrod, grasses, and Autumn Joy sedum.

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