I’ve been keeping an eye on this small new landscape in front of an apartment house. Initially I thought it might not stand up through the seasons, but it looked fine spring and summer. Even now it has its good sides:
In spring it was pleasant to stand under the cherry blossoms and see them scattered like snowflakes on the ground
When summer came, the groundcovers (sedum, bluestar creeper, ferns and shrubs, and a small Japanese maple) popped out, complementing the rocks and gravel – a nice oasis among concrete sidewalks and streets.
Now that winter is here, it is looking a tad bare – the groundcovers may have been scraped clean by maintenance people. Some are semi-evergreen, and have taken a beating with the heavy rains lately no doubt. The back of the landscape (near the front door looking back toward the street corner), is its best side at the moment. Despite plastic litter and dormant plants, it still has some interest and is not too sad. Too bad the cherry trees don’t have more interesting shapes, despite their age. Perhaps someone will re-think the expanse of dormant groundcover and add gravel to the gaps. Over time the Japanese maple can acquire some interesting branch patterns.