It’s time for a flower explosion! I’ve been wanting to make this post for at least a month to show off our front yard landscaping but kept running out of time to finish the post. It’s like a bajillion degrees outside so sitting on the couch with the AC keeping me cool was the perfect time to show you all what we’ve been up to.
Now that the porch is painted and looking nice, we couldn’t just stop there now could we. Another great transformation was needed and with shovel in hand, a truckload of perennial flowers, we set out to give the front yard a landscape face-lift. If you are wondering what happened to the big ugly evergreen in front of the porch, you’re about to find out.
This project started out as us removing the ugly tree and replacing it with something new, but it quickly evolved into beautifying the front yard and making it look like a flower catalogue threw up in our front yard.
After the evergreen shrub/tree was taken out I had a brief panic set in wondering if removing it was the right thing to do. The look of the house immediately changed and it was rather naked looking. I liked the privacy it gave the porch but on the flip side, besides it being ugly, I like being able to see past the front steps and people watch the neighborhood.
With the big ugly tree gone and the yard marked out for the new bed, out came the shovels and sweat rag. We have such a tiny amount of front yard that we had to keep things on the small side. I prefer flowers over grass but we need a little bit of lawn at least.
At some point in time someone who lived here really liked rocks. Just under the grass level was pretty much all gravel and some rather big rocks. Talk about a pain in the butt to dig!
The next step was to unload all the plants from the truck and set up our planting height groups. I can’t remember everything we got but here is what I do remember:
- Rose of Sharon
- Phlox for border
- Several Columbines
- Zebra Grass and Pampas Grass
- Japanese lace leaf maple
- Yellow Blanket Flower
- False Spirea
- Burning Bush
Among that I have red giant cannas that I dig up and replant every year, the ones that get like 8 feet tall. I just love them as do the hummingbirds! The Rose of Sharon shrubs I cannot wait to see what those look like next summer. One of them is flowering right now but it’s so tiny that it’s not all that showy. Still really pretty though as it has such profuse blooming for such a tiny little thing.
For the mulch we used my all time favorite type, cocoa mulch. I love the chocolate smell it gives off for a couple days and the really hard shell it creates after a couple good rains and waterings. I know most people are afraid to use it due to pets but I’m not worried since I don’t leave my pets unattended when outside.
After things have started to fill in I’ll be sure to make an update post. Right now it looks a tad lack luster but should look great in a month or so.
All the neighbors love what we’ve done in the front yard. Everyone that passes by stops and gives us props for making the block look so pretty. Get this, people actually apologize when they step on our grass. No joke! Its apparent not many around here know what it looks like to put tons of effort into landscaping and that grass is for walking on, even if it does look really good. What we have done is already spreading to other yards. People are starting to get inspired by what we are doing and working on their yards. Now that’s a domino affect that I like to see! Several people have already asked Barry to build flower boxes for their houses like he made for our window and porch. Even though one of the people are planning on putting fake flowers in it (who does that!?), it’s a start.