I enjoy making gardens way more planting them. Of course, you need plants. I used to just fling things in, but after wasting money on things that shouldn’t be flung together, or even in my yard, I started letting my neighbor guide me. It looks good.
There’s one place near the back door that always got skipped. You only saw it walking in, but I had a plan. I envisioned it enclosed in bricks, flat, dug into the ground in a circle around... well... “plants,” that would go next to the doorway (vine???) and make the area inviting. The backdrop being the house, and that little “house” that hides the trash cans. Fairly maintenance free.
I had leftover bricks, so I got busy. I stuck the shovel in, right where the outermost brick would go. It wouldn’t go. Obviously, a rock. I dug all over, still no.
On hands and knees, I scraped the dirt from the top, no wonder nothing grew here! A rock a good two feet wide. But, it moved slightly when I stuck my shovel in the edge, meaning, I could get it out. I tried wedging my shovel in between the foundation and the rock, it went in, but not far enough. So, I got the sledge hammer.
The shovel went in! However, wedged so tightly the rock cracked across the top, and the handle fell right out of the shovel! I changed plans.
So, now I have a large round planter next to the back door sitting on a beautiful flat rock sunk right into the ground! It’s magnificent!
I usually put annuals in it for summer, evergreen boughs in winter. They both help to hide the shovel head. After all, it’s never going to come out. (My husband is still looking for it.)