Hello my beautiful friends!
After many many days of rainy, gloomy weather, I was finally able to get outside this week and take some pictures of my back yard in the sunshine!
We completed our back yard makeover in July of last year. I shared it this Spring and got a ton of positive feedback, which was awesome after all our hard work! I think that’s probably due in part, to the hideous before comparison. What a difference!!
Today I’m going to show you the “before”, then the “after” from last year, and finally, the now, so you can compare and see how much change has taken place back there.
Here we go!
This is the before view standing at the gate looking in (Doesn’t it make you want to kick off your flip flops and frolic about? Um, I don’t think so.) :
We inherited a back yard covered in rocks from corner to corner. (That picture was taken after several wheelbarrows full had already been removed.)
This is the after from last year:
And this is how it looks today:
Not too different from this view except you can see I didn’t kill anything (yay!). I love how big my Hostas and Coral Bells have gotten and I love these Lace Cap Hydrangeas!
View from the other side before (there will be no impulsive frolicking here either):
Last summer after:
And one year later:
I love the shade this tree gives. Glad we kept it! (We had thirteen trees removed.) As you can see, I didn’t kill much out here either. Everything has come back quite nicely.
Especially these beautiful purple Astilbe. They pretty much dried up and kicked the bucket the first month they were in the ground, but they came back more lovely and luscious than ever:
Here are the steps up to the deck before, flanked by two prickly holly bushes:
I don’t have a good shot of this view from last year, but here it is now:
I replaced the landing area with leftover pavers from our front /side pathway and framed it out with granite blocks that we inherited in our old landscape. You can see the circular patio I built in our side yard using the rest of them here.
(At least when Jack photos bombs, he’s polite enough to pose nicely!)
Looking towards the gate before:
Last summer after:
To see how this girl built that gate, click here.
To the right of the gate is a glossy abelia. I love it’s delicate bell-shaped flowers.
I often see it used as a hedge and shaped more formally, but I hope I can keep it’s form free flowing.
And a view of my favorite spot in the back yard ( last summer):
So lush and full, it really came in nicely this year.
Hey! Look whose in my spot! There’s my big middle schooler again. Isn’t he a cutie??! (Of course I think so!)
This is the view of the opposite corner last summer:
To learn more about creating a landscape from scratch, click here.
I love watching everything unfold. There are three beautiful purple azalias back here, two of which are along this back fence, that I wish I’d gotten a picture of this Spring.
I hope you enjoyed this little look back.
Our back yard is officially ready for frolicking! You can come by anytime! 🙂
P.S. Want more? You won’t believe how much my front yard has filled in! You can check it out here. 🙂
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