This is our house as I saw it for the very first time....the day we moved in last June 16...YIKES!
The yard was so sad. The kids said it looked like the house from "Monster House." It even had a little "Charlie Brown" tree...you can see it on the right front of the photo. Needless to say, anyone who knows me knows I went into HYPER DRIVE and started changes as soon as the moving van pulled out. I am so fortunate to have a husband who loves DIY as much as I do!
Here is the 'one year' picture....I can't WAIT until the plantings mature. Click on the picture to see more of the plants up close:
Over the last year we concentrated on the front landscaping.
At the entry, I added some urns and repainted the door and shutters a color I liked better than the original mauve.
We couldn't afford to have a professional company do it......which is okay as we actually enjoy the work. First we moved the struggling azaleas (seen in the first photo) to a better location and now they are thriving.
Here is what we added so far.....
2 crape myrtles, lamb's ear, lavender, rosemary and thyme, a variety of ornamental grasses, day lillies, indian hawthorne, alyssum, 3 River Birch trees (they came in a clump) and 1 Lace Bark Elm, 3 ground orchids (still not blooming...too early), rain lillies, iris, lantana, purple oxalis, agapanthus, ballerina, fairy and knock out roses, and 2 bottle brush bushes! Everything we planted will naturalize and eventually choke out weeds which will mean less work for us in the long run.
We will add some purple coneflower, yarrow and fern leaf coreopsis but they aren't in stores just yet.
We added the pergola in March and the morning glories are about a third of the way up so far.
Next year they'll run a lot faster because they'll have something to hang on to. The ardesia is doing a great job of covering everything up on the ground and by next year, we won't need mulch or the little edging to keep them in place.
Here is a close up of the morning glories.....more bloom EACH day..........
Not a bad start! I can't WAIT to see the pergola at the end of October.....I hope the morning glories make it to the top this year!
So....what is our project for THIS YEAR?
We will work on the backyard.....we just added onto our teensy patio and once we get a free weekend, we'll add an arbor.
Then the REAL fun begins with foundation plantings and a permanent herb garden for these.