Awesome friends, I am SO excited to share how our front landscaping turned out!! I just love landscaping projects! You can see great results in a short amount of time. (Unlike a certain kitchen project ahem…can you tell I am so glad that one is done??)
Remember what it looked like when we moved in last August:
It hadn’t been loved in a very long time. I passed by this house before it was even for sale after leaving another house that we were interested in. The windows were all empty and it almost look abandoned.
And here it is now:
Look at all those new plant babies! Pretty much everything that was there had to come out.
Everything was so overgrown and unkempt:
Now it is neat and clean, and it looks like people who actually love it live there:
And luckily we were able to keep the Japanese Maple.
My hubby completely redid the grass last Fall, but it has taken quite a beating with this end of Summer heat. Time to aerate and reseed!
Creating a landscape you love doesn’t have to be daunting. I used graph paper to sketch out our blank landscape to-scale first. (One square = one square foot.) I penciled in what was staying which was just the maple.
Then I visited our local nursery to see what was available, took tons of photos of plants, shrubs, and their tags:
Then I came home and did a little research.
Next, I started filling in my sketch:
I was able to make a list of exactly what I needed to buy to take with me to the nursery. Last week I shared this photo from our big haul:
My sister and two of our boys helped me load everything up and haul it all home. I was able to lay everything out where it needed to go using my sketch…
Then my sister stuck around to help me plant the majority of it that same day!
Here we are full of sweat and dirt, but so proud of ourselves:
Pure determination right there! A HUGE thank you to her for helping me tackle this project!
I will share what I planted since some of you requested that I do so. I am in hardiness zone 7B. You can find your zone HERE. Each plant is labeled so this will help you decide what plants can tolerate the weather in your area.
Here was the entry area before:
Goodbye overgrown thorny knockout roses!
Our front door is so much more inviting now. Maybe even a little bare in comparison, but those plant babies will fill in in no time.
One of my neighbors at the bus stop the other day commented that in the five years she’s lived here, she’s never seen anyone decorate the front porch. So sad! I couldn’t wait to decorate it:
I found this bench on Hayneedle.com HERE, but they only have white and red left.
And just to the left of the front steps, under our dining room window:
That little shrub in the corner is a Waxleaf Privet (Ligustrum) and can be shaped into a lovely, very manageable little tree.
Here is one I planted at our old house:
I’ll keep this one a bit smaller. It will fill that corner nicely and be surrounded by three Dwarf Yaupon Holly bushes. They are low, slow growing and have a nice mounding growth habit.
I used the same ones around our Crape Myrtle tree at our last house (behind the daylilies):
Visit my last garden tour at our old house HERE.
These rocks were here before we added the gutters, but I removed them all, added some topsoil to raise the height in that corner, and my sister and I moved them all back to stop the gutter from washing out the soil and much.
I like the way they flow now and add interest to the landscape.
Another sad before view:
Sometimes it’s nice to start with a clean slate. Now everything will grow and mature together.
I added another Waxleaf Privet that will become a small tree, in between the two windows of our garage, and then flanked it with two pairs of Japanese Holly (Compacta):
They make great foundation shrubs and should only get about four feet high. Then I added three Gumpo White Azaleas in front of the two holly bushes on the right:
I also added three of these pretty Crimson Fire Fringe Flower shrubs in front of the holly on the left side. I really tried to be very mindful of how large things will get and spaced things accordingly. These are the only ones that I will have to keep tamed as they will probably more than fill this space, but I love the deep color to balance out the Maple on the other corner:
I added another Waxleaf Privet to the other side of the steps to balance it out and surrounded that one with a trio of the same dwarf Yaupon Holly that are on the other side of the steps…
Variegated Liriope adds a nice contrast to the shrubs.
To the right of that, I added three more Japanese Holly bushes, perfect for basic foundation shrubs. In front of those I added a couple more Gumpo White Azaleas:
Along the side of our porch, on the other side of the Japanese Maple, I added three more Japanese Holly to stay consistent…
And just past the rocks I planted an April Snow Camellia. It will hide some of the gutter, and I can’t wait to see the showy blooms that come in the early Spring!
And I added these pretty Jazz Hands Dwarf Pink Chinese Fringe Flower shrubs in front of the holly bushes:
My Hubby added a drain from the gutter on that side to take the water underground, so he had to dig up a good amount of grass. Hopefully it will work. The water draining from that gutter is what has caused our grass to erode down the front of our yard as you can see below:
Around the Maple are four more Dwarf Yaupon Holly bushes.
I tried to stay consistent with what I chose and everything is evergreen so it will have form and color year-round.
I can’t wait to watch everything mature and fill in. I know my neighbors are grateful for the new view!
For a complete guide to creating a landscape from scratch, visit my “How to Create a Landscape from Scratch” post HERE!
I did nothing to amend the existing soil here. I bought bags of in-ground garden soil and added a good amount to the bottom of each hole that I dug. These are all pretty hardy varieties so that should be fine. We’ll see!
I hope you enjoyed seeing our front yard makeover today!
UPDATE!! It’s been two years and our front landscaping has had another update!! See it HERE!!
It is looking like we dodged a bullet with this hurricane as it has moved further south, but I will be keeping those in the path in my thoughts and prayers.
I’ll be back here on Tuesday sharing how I repurposed this antique highchair:
See ya then!
UPDATE: Bam! No need to wait…see what I did with this chair HERE now!!
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