I am really excited to share my outdoor makeover with you. I spent a lot of time online looking for inspiration for this project. I was basically starting from scratch. This was before Pinterest came into my life!
I wanted a garden, not just a carefree landscape which is what I kept finding in my searches. I am sharing this early enough in the season so that someone might find some inspiration for their own yard. However, because my garden is still a bit sleepy and just waking up, all of my photos are from last year. They were taken just after completion in late May and again in August after things had filled in quite a bit.
I can’t wait to update with fresh photos as soon as everything is wide awake and ready for visitors:)
A few days ago, I shared my side yard transformation which included the little circular patio I created by recycling some old granite blocks that were part of our former landscape. It was quite an improvement. Honestly, it had no where to go but up.
Today, I am sharing my front yard. I think you will be equally grossed out by the before of this overhaul, but lets see a pretty picture first.
This is just after everything was planted at the end of May:
And the not-so-pretty before:
You could say we needed a little work done! You can see all the granite blocks around the perimeter of the garden in this picture. These went into my seating area patio on the side as well as a couple of other projects I’ll share later.
The next picture was taken in August long after many of the bloomers had lost their blooms. It’s amazing how much everything had filled in:
The pathway is Carolina Rose flagstone. We purchased it by the pallet in a big wire cage. It’s laid on a base of crusher run which is crushed stone and available at your local nursery or by the bag at your big box stores.
We used the same irregular shaped pebbles as we used in the patio to fill in between. They moved a tiny bit here and there at first, but after walking on them for a little while, they are solid. They are really beautiful close up. The photos don’t do them justice.
Here is a close up of the front garden (or lack of) before:
(Pay no attention to the cute toddler with the saggy diaper!) This is a big improvement. However, I’m not so happy with how some of the plants I chose in the front there turned out. That’s the beauty of gardening, though. I can change whatever I want. I am looking forward to making a few changes this year.
I had to keep it pretty simple with the Liriope along the property line due to very limited space. I’d love for my neighbors to plant a low growing hedge behind them. (Hint, hint…if you’re listening:)
Here is a view from the street. (While ducking behind a small tree!)
So much better! Even in the heat of August…
My honey did all the stonework on the house himself, isn’t he amazing??
Brennan was visiting the bird bath (a mother’s day gift from my boys). You can pretty much guess his next move…good thing it was hot and those jammies dry fast!
I love this little tree. It’s a Vitex Chaste tree. Cutting the blooms off once they are done blooming (like many bloomers), brings a repeat bloom and provides beautiful color late into summer in my area.
I love the depth that taking it all the way down the side has given the garden. We still need to finish the trellis on the top of the gate.
Here is the mailbox before:
And a view to our neighbors before:
As you can see, we are right on top of our neighbors (a trade off for being so close the beach), so it was really important to define our space. Creating a border garden did that perfectly. (The odd wooden box you see at the bottom right surrounds our water main. We had to get creative to work that one out.)
Just one more shot of my favorite area before:
And the much imporoved after:
And that’s the front garden for you! I hope you enjoyed the tour. I can’t wait to see my little plant babies come back in full swing. I love being outside working in my garden in the early summer mornings. It’s so relaxing and therapeutic.
As I mentioned earlier, I will share updated photos when everything is awake and ready for visitors!
Update: You can see my front yard garden, one year later now!
If you like, you can check out our back yard makeover here. You won’t believe the transformation that took place back there!!
Are we crazy for taking this all on at once or what??! If you’d like to see what I learned along the way and how I created my garden from scratch, click here.
It’s like a gardening mini series! (For my non-gardener followers, I’ll be back to creating cool stuff to share soon, so don’t go away:) I appreciate each and every one of you!!!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
Linking up with these fine ladies: