These are the the Rose of Sharon trees that separate my mother’s lake property (outside of Binghamton, NY) from her neighbors (my aunt & uncle). I missed peak flowering of these trees this year, though I’m told they were spectacular (and late!).
I put in a small “strip” garden for her last year, separating the gravel “patio” area of the yard and the grass that leads to the lake. My brother had put a wimpy landscape timber there to separate the two. I added a step down in the middle and symmetrical plantings on each side. It’s still on the wimpy side, but makes for a more definite division between the two. Being on a hill, neither patio nor yard are level. The stone is too large really for its purpose as a patio, but it was originally added to facilitate construction of the small cottage built last year.
The strip has all deer-proof (supposedly) plantings – silver mound, hibiscus, lavender and some grasses. I’m hoping to add to it a little each year with divided plants from my own garden. There’s plenty of room for more beds, though the stone you see is more than a foot deep – so it has to be dug out as best as possible and topsoil has to be added. Stone sucks to dig in.