Saturday, March 26, 2011

Disguising a Drain Field

I was asked to design and plant a cutting garden which would attract hummingbirds, bees, and other birds. This garden also needed to disguise a drain field, not have roots which would encroach on the proper drainage of the field, and would not hinder pumping of the tank in the future.

This rules out any trees and shrubs. It needed to hide sewer caps and to screen the view to the road. This garden was planted in late August. These pictures are from September of its first full year.

For spring color, there are drifts of tulips, about 350 in all. Tulips are followed by columbines, daisies, colorful heuchera, phlox, hosta, coneflowers, both sedum 'Autumn Joy' and 'Matrona', a few daylilies, and grasses.

The garden is 30' by 40' features a crushed granite path and a seating area. I think it is a successful way to mask a drainage field, provide long season color to a yard, and attract bird and bees.

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