We built the circle garden last year to cover a bare spot in the yard. At the time I limited the size of each wedge for ease of working and the amount of soil and other materials available.
Here it is last fall looking quite good in its first year.
The original version left a lot of weedy and bare ground around it. So this year I decided to make the circle larger to make room for more plants and fill more space. We added about six feet in diameter and stepping stones which will help me reach into the beds. The ornamental grasses in the middle don't need a lot of maintenance so that works out well. You can read the story of this garden from last year here.
The newly expanded garden a couple weeks ago as viewed from the roof of the deck. We also put a thick layer of mulch around the outside edge to try and keep weeds down this year.
The deer walked right through the new dirt at first. Deer develop habits and generally follow the same track through the yard each visit. They didn't notice or even care that the path had moved over a few feet.
Other than the deer, it looks much better and has bloomed quite beautifully since early spring with a combination of native and heat-loving adapted plants.
The local butterfly population approves.
Out by the driveway I've continued the row of Pink Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) all the way back to the garage. They are still small in these photos and it might take another year for them all to reach full bloom but the row of pink blooms should be pretty amazing in the fall.
I have declared this area finished several times now but it seems I kept coming up with more ideas. The space is pretty full now so there's not much else to do here.
I love the progress we've made this year. Beginning this week it has become too hot to get much more done in the garden so it is about time to sit back and enjoy the results until Fall arrives.