Side yard becomes secret garden with daylilies overlooking drain area

As strange as it sounds, my secret garden is a daylily garden. This doesn’t mean I am a closet daylily enthusiast, it is quite the opposite. It started a couple of years ago when Mrs. Jan said the side of our house was an embarrassment, and we needed plants.

In the backyard there is a series of French drains to move water out, and by out, I mean it flows down the side yard, the area of Mrs. Jan’s discontent. Side yards by their nature are often problem areas. What do we do?

The main considerations are is it seen from the street side, or your neighbors, and the most important criteria of all, is it a thoroughfare where you, friends and family, get from point A to point B, like front yard to the backyard. Mine was none of the above, and to make this lost weed patch with drainage issues worse, it is also the location for the air conditioner unit.

The secret garden with newly added rocks creating the image of a dry creek.

As some kind of absurdity of the strange, this is my best sun area and soil except dead center where the water flows downhill. So, two years ago I began planting Rainbow Rhythm daylilies like Orange Smoothie, Sound of My Heart and Storm Shelter. I added Fluffy arborvitae for evergreen interest and to eventually be a foil or screen for the air conditioner unit.