If a person [me] is going to show an improved island bed, she must first swallow her pride, [mine] and show the icky "before" photos. She must allow people to see her imperfections. Her warts. Her foibles...
Here's what this bed looked like last August.
This bed is a mess. No definition, no purpose. Just a mass of plants, true?
In case you're not convinced, here's another angle.
Don't you just want to grab a trowel and start digging?
Blah, blah, blah...
This is the opposite side of the island bed. It's a tiny bit better. Maybe.
And one more angle. I'm just mortified. But you know how it goes?
Sometimes the inspiration just isn't there. Until now.
I dug out the weeds and many of the overgrown plants. Added a few elements.
I planted up a vintage wooden army ammo case that I got at a garage sale for $5 a year ago.
I dug the ornamental grass out from this round container and added it to the ammo case.
I left the Spiraea, on the left, and the creeping Dianthus, right.
Added an ornamental Oregano, a Heuchera and a hardy Fuchsia.