First Year of a New Garden

First Year of a New Garden

Welcome to Amy Derhalli’s garden!

I live in Camas, Washington, on the Columbia River, Zone 8, at about 500 ft. elevation.

This is the garden’s first year. It’s big because I added 16 inches of premium top soil before I planted anything. Before that, it was compact clay filled with daylilies and weeds. I did inherit the Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum, Zones 3–8) and palm trees (Trachycarpus fortunei, Zones 7–10), but I added the coneflowers, blanket flower, cannas, phlox, crocosmia, artemisia, cardinal flower, dahlias, and monarda.

A wide view of the garden shows how lushly everything has grown in after just one year. This is a good example of why it is worth investing in improving your soil before planting, as everything will grow bigger, faster, and happier if their roots are in soil that is to their liking.

Zooming in a bit, the palm to the left and the tall Joe Pye weed to the right were there before this garden started, but everything else is new.

Everything looks better backlit! The sun streaming over the top of the hedge gilds all the flowers with a little extra magic.

Another view of the garden, with a bit of the seating area.

One final shot of the garden bed. I hope Amy will send us updates in future years. If this is what one year looks like, it is very exciting to think what future years will bring!


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