Our Front Yard
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Yesterday I took pictures of our front yard makeover. These are "keeping it real" pictures and the conditions aren't ideal now that the leaves are falling faster than we can keep them up. But I wanted to show you how the landscape turned out before everything goes dormant this winter. A while back R and I met with a landscape designer who helped us tremendously! Greensboro readers, let me know if you would like her contact information. Marguerite knew the right scale, growing conditions, plant pairings, etc. She was a wealth of knowledge and in the long run saved us time and money. She sketched out a plan and we went to work. The project took forever and it ended up costing more than we had planned, but we wanted it done right. When we started this project the ground was hard as a rock. If you live in the south you know what hard clay is like. We worked and worked and dug and dug and watered and watered until finally two weeks of rain came and I think everything is going to make it with the exception of the dogwood tree.
Our yard before was flat. We wanted more dimension and interest and to include plants we like. We love how it turned out and now it just needs to grow. We added the sidewalk to the left that runs to the driveway as part of the plan and are thrilled with how it turned out. The hard work was definitely worth it!
Here is a shot from the driveway. The beds include yews, boxwood, and white nancy (the rabbit's new favorite all you can eat salad bar, grrrr). White nancy is a ground cover that will fill in the space (if the rabbits don't eat it all).
Here's a better view.
Marguerite wanted to highlight this window and recommended and grouping of annabelle hydrangeas, english boxwood, dwarf english boxwood, and lenton roses. She called it a necklace. The boxwood are slow growers, but over time they will connect to form a low hedge. I cannot wait to see those annabelles bloom next year!!!
The cobblestone sidewalk is flanked with boxwood.
Pachysandra is on the left. It's a ground cover that will fill in that area completely. Marguerite says the first year it weeps, the second year it sleeps, and the third year it creeps. So I guess this whole thing might take a while.
For the longest time, we wanted to plant something in front of the boxwood and weren't sure what would be best. We loved her suggestion of autumn ferns & soloman's seal! They will also thicken up over time.
Here's the same thing on the other side of the house.
In this bed we planted cleyera, more white nancy, lenton roses, a chantilly hydrangea. We also transplanted a dogwood which may or may not live. We're giving it until spring.
Marguerite also showed me a better way to trim the boxwood. They had gotten so big and tall they blocked the window boxes. They look a little thin now, but come spring they will put out new growth.
Another tiny detail - I painted the porch! I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to paint the porch like the rest of the house, but I did. And I like it much better.
Next spring when things start to turn green and bloom, I'll share updated photos.
Labels: the garden