This is the cat garden — stocked with plants and playthings that the cats especially enjoy. The garden was designed and donated by Monica Milla, a local gardener. A list of the cat-safe plants and other items she used — as well as other cat garden suggestions — is attached.
The little house at the far corner is an especially popular hangout on a sunny summer afternoon. The house is surounded by creeping thyme, with catmint to the left.
This is a view looking back toward the deck. The patch of green to the far right next to the deck is their outdoor "litterbox" — an area of peat moss surrounded with fragrant creeping thyme. Alyssum grows all around the stairs and those are large lamb's ears in the foreground.
Here's a close-up of those stepping stones leading up to the deck.
The cats enjoy the variety of grasses planted for them — organic wheat, oat and rye.
... and of course, lots of catnip to sniff.
When not nibbling or sniffing, they enjoy lounging on the sun warmed sidewalk. Note another cat door back into their room, and more alyssum to the left.
...and if it gets too warm, they can find plenty of shade under the deck stairway.