Here at Chez Happycrow, we HATE mowing grass. Even with a scythe, which is a valuable source of must-needed exercise for a guy who used to walk everywhere and do martial arts four or five days a week, and now drives a cubicle and a car.
So we’re doing legacy roses, grape arbors, crape myrtles, and bamboo.
- Legacy roses are awesome. And, mostly unkillable.
- Bamboo is awesome. And, mostly unkillable.
- Grapes are awesome. And once established, mostly unkillable.
- Crape Myrtles are awesome. And once established, mostly unkillable.
Sense a theme? This is “jungle rules” gardening. Put in four invasive, aggressive, hard-to-kill plants that you like. Let them duke it out. Here’s just the roses and some of the young bamboo culms. I’ll follow up later in the summer with the crapes once they’re blooming out.
Down the road, the legacy roses here will get their old canes trimmed out, and pegged up high on the bamboo, which will act as living scaffolding in order to create arbors you can walk in and under. Right now, our roses stop traffic on our little street… if it comes off as hoped, in three or four years we’re hoping that they’ll bring traffic to our street.