The design of our side flower bed

We live on a corner property, so our side yard runs along a road for about 180 feet, the length of our property. Our driveway dissects this length about halfway up. We use this "bottom" half as a flower garden bordered by a thin strip of grass. It also functions as our official Monarch Waystation, though in reality our whole yard includes milkweed and nectar plants (the main elements of a Monarch Waystation).

Side flower garden ©Janet AllenOriginal side flower garden, soon after converting from grass

Our original flower garden was not yet a Monarch Waystation, and it didn't yet have many native flowers.

Side yard in spring(Enlarge)  ©Janet Allen
Side yard in spring. The area to the right is near the corner of the yard.

Here's the flower garden In spring, before many flowers are blooming.

Here the prairie dropseeds (Sporobolus heterolepis) in the front are just beginning to arise out of the brown remnants of last year's growth. They can do this by themselves without any help! I just leave the old dried up grass there, and it decomposes, making the soil ever richer year by year.

Path along the front side ©Janet Allen
Path along the front side

This is a path that runs parallel to the road at the front side of our property. (We live on a corner, so we have lots of road exposure.)

It's the "back" side of the flower garden along the road. The path isn't really visible from the road, so it looks like there are just plants. It's full of swamp milkweeds (Asclepias incarnata) and other native nectar plants, bushes, and grasses.

Path ©Janet Allen
Path connecting side and front yards

I love walking along the paths.

Back of the side yard(Enlarge) ©Janet Allen

Between the path and the house, I have an assortment of flowers, most of which are wonderful sources of nectar. Butterflies and bees love this area.