A Tour of the Bushes and Crops in our Yard Backyard | Thrifty Decor Chick

A tour of the bushes and vegetation in our yard backyard!

They’re my “infants” and I am pleased to oblige! That is my favourite time of the summer time — the spring rain has made the whole lot full and plush, and the dryness and warmth of later summer time hasn’t fairly hit but. 

Our vegetation and bushes are thriving proper now, so it is an ideal time for a tour!: 

long patio furniture layout

Earlier than I begin, I ought to be aware that our rising zone is 5b/6a. 

The blooming vegetation

Hydrangeas (within the foreground in that pic above) have at all times been my favorites, however through the years peonies have tied them as my primary flowering plant. 

You possibly can see two of our peony vegetation behind the hydrangea there, and I am unhappy to say I did not get any pics of my blooms this yr. (I’ve since lower off the lifeless flowers.) 

Here is a pic from final yr (discover my hand within the nook for scale!)

Pink peony blooms

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Yearly it surprises me how lengthy it take them to bloom. All of ours (all types of sorts) are simply now beginning to bloom, however we’ll have flowers properly into the autumn:

concrete bird bath with hydrangea
Talking of, I believe our limelight hydrangeas are the absolute prettiest within the fall: 

fall limelight hydrangeas

After the peonies bloom and earlier than the hydrangeas, these attractive reddish pink Mystic Fairy knockout roses flower and add a punch of lovely, brilliant colour to our panorama:

mystic fairy knockout roses

They’re so full and wonderful proper now!

These had been one in every of my mid-summer sale finds that I discussed in my saving on backyard vegetation publish. I discovered these the summer time we had our terrace poured (4 years in the past).

Take a look at how tiny it was shortly after planting!:

long patio with umbrella

That is why I virtually solely purchase our vegetation on clearance — with somewhat TLC they appear wonderful very quickly!

I acquired this Knockout rose bush on the similar time, and it is even larger than the opposite one! They’re barely completely different — this one is identical colour however the blooms are smaller: 

red mystic fairy knockout roses

In case you love roses however don’t desire the maintenance, these Knockout varieties are a fantastic choice. You possibly can actually ignore them and so they’ll look nice, though I did lower all of ours again this spring for the primary time in years. 

Final summer time I picked up two of these metal arbors for between the bushes round our fireplace pit (extra about these bushes in a bit): 
metal arbors with flowers
I completely love them! You possibly can’t see it right here, however I wrapped these solar fairy lights round them and they’re SO fairly at night time!

My dream has been to have vines and flowers cascading across the arbors, so I planted two Clematis vegetation final yr. 

Just one made it (barely). So I gave it one other do this yr and this one (the Sarah Elizabeth Clematis) was thriving!: 

clematis on metal arbor

Two days after I took this image, a bunny (or deer?) nibbled the vines proper in half…and now we’re left with some sticks within the floor but once more. 😂

If in case you have any suggestions for stunning, flowering vines, please share them with me!

Evergreens and bushes

I’ve a little bit of an obsession with evergreen vegetation and bushes. They add year-round fullness and plush inexperienced which are a lot wanted throughout our drab winter months.

If I’ll pay for a tree, I would like it to look good all yr! 

Once we had the patio put in, we had a round fireplace pit added (see learn how to safely add a fireplace pit to patio). We wished so as to add some bushes for privateness and these arborvitae bushes had been excellent: 
circular fire pit with chairs

Our fireplace pit space measures 15 toes throughout.

These specific evergreens are coniferous and referred to as Thuja Inexperienced Big Arborvitae. They’re AWESOME. 

Now there are a number of arborvitae varieties, so in order for you fast privateness, do not make the error we did and plant the Emerald Inexperienced Arborvitae as a substitute: 

emerald green arborvitae privacy

We had these put in with the patio. They’re nice, however are verrrrry gradual growers. I imply…molasses gradual.

They’re nonetheless superior for privateness, and would even be nice in an extended line or tucked into corners round the home. 

However the star is admittedly the inexperienced large model. We had these planted solely two years in the past, and look how small they had been then in comparison with now!: 

circle fire pit with lights
round fire pit with trees

Loopy! These bushes develop to 50-60 toes tall and get wherever from 12 to twenty large! So ultimately we’ll should do some grooming or simply transfer the arbors, however we’re good for awhile. 😉 

They’re by far one of the best plant I’ve discovered for the buck — they are not horribly costly in the event you purchase them smaller. Imagine me, they’ll develop FAST. 

Additionally, they’re much simpler to develop than extra “conventional” evergreens just like the pine tree. These appear to be extra finicky — the arborvitae is extraordinarily low upkeep: 

My plan has at all times been to layer the landscaping right here across the fireplace pit space — so I plan so as to add some flowering bushes or floor cowl in entrance of the bushes sometime.

I lucked out final yr I discovered these Sea Inexperienced Junipers on clearance for $6 every: 

evergreens around fire pit

(They’re to the left behind the chairs.)

These are imagined to develop pretty quick (they stand up to 6 toes tall and eight toes large!) however ours will not be. They’re nonetheless bitty little guys, however possibly I simply am underestimating how small they had been after we acquired them: 

round fire pit patio

They supply one other layer of year-round inexperienced that I like. 🙂 

As I discussed, I do plan so as to add some colour over right here ultimately. One of the best a part of gardening is seeing how your vegetation develop and thrive, nevertheless it takes some endurance! 

The one different bushes we’ve got in our yard to date are the gorgeous Rivers Purple Beech bushes I acquired on clearance just a few years again. 

We planted that one on this nook on the left: 

And I liked it a lot, we acquired one other one for the opposite facet of the patio: 

small River Purple Beech tree

I LOVE the darkish, plumy colour of their leaves yr spherical. I used to be drawn to the truth that they’ve branches from the highest to the very backside (once more, nice for privateness). 

These ultimately get giant, however however they’re very gradual growers. 

This Beech tree blooms tremendous late within the spring — I believe it was June earlier than ours had all of their leaves! However they’re an exquisite tree that provides a some nice colour to your panorama. 

There you go! I hope that solutions any questions in regards to the vegetation in our yard landscaping. This yr I am centered on including smaller perennials for added colour across the patio. 

If I missed one thing you are questioning about, please let me know! Pleased summer time! 🙂