In addition to adding shrubs near the vegetable garden, I also wanted to add some near the patio. After some research, i decided that Little Henry Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’) would work well under the pergola. They’ll only grow a few feet tall and wide (supposedly), so they should fill in this area quite nicely.
We also needed a nice focal point in between the pergola patio and our pea gravel patio. I wanted something tall and super skinny and this Skyrocket juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’) should do the trick. With its blue undertones, I think it also complements the fountain and surrounding stones and makes a nice backdrop.
Our pagoda firebox has finally rusted through and had its last season. It’s a little tall for the gravel patio anyway. We’re thinking about building a small fire pit pretty much where the pagoda is in the photo at the edge of the brick sidewalk, in either a rectangular or half moon shape. We already have a good base of 8-12″ of gravel below it so it should be pretty easy to do.
The native grass box has grown very well and makes a nice little privacy hedge. My only gripe is the grasses bend over and tend to tickle a little while relaxing in the Adirondack chairs.