A year ago we installed a landscape labyrinth in our back yard. My gardening rule of thumb is that it takes 3 years for perennials to get established. As you can see from the photo, our labyrinth is ahead of schedule. The labyrinth has 20 varieties of perennials of varying heights with a bubbling fountain in the center.
One of the most prolific plants is red Yarrow. It has bushed out nicely in only a year. I have already done some dividing and moved starter plants to other locations in the garden.
Other plants include Day Lilies, Lambs Ear, Black Eyed Susans, Asters, Carnations, Creeping Thyme, Bachelor Buttons, Geranium and Mullien.
Some flowers have two purposes: to adorn the garden and decorate our breakfast serving dishes. Bee Balm (Monarda) has dainty petals that are very sweet to taste and add a nice touch to fruit entrees. Hibiscus petals are edible and we have one that is taking hold nicely.
The plants we chose are “mostly” distasteful to deer. But the Day Lilies need regular treatment to keep them safe from our four legged friends.
You can enjoy a morning walk in our garden by visiting our bed and breakfast – Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B. We are located in Lanesboro, Minnesota 45 minutes southeast of Rochester. Lanesboro offers lots of things to enjoy (an art gallery, live theatre, the Root River State Trail) and plenty of places to stay including more than 12 bed and breakfasts. Lanesboro has been named the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota. Visit us to discover a beautiful corner of Southeast Minnesota.