Hello beautiful friends! I’m back today sharing a front yard landscaping update! I spent most of last week outside working to get it ready for spring.
I headed up to the Home Depot and had them load up my hubby’s new work truck with a pallet of mulch while it was on sale:
I pulled any weeds that I could find and sharpened all the edges of the beds:
Then I trimmed all the bushes, planted flowers in my planters, and basically just freshened everything up!
Last year, I shared the progression from when we first purchased our home to the first phase makeover, and I also shared some updates I made last year.
I’m going to add to that post to share how everything looks this year! I always enjoy seeing how much everything is growing, and I know some of you enjoy seeing it too!
Front Yard Landscaping Update
Here is how our home looked when we moved in back in August of 2017:
Can you believe it’s been almost five years??
Our home had been a rental for many years, and so the landscaping had become extremely unkempt and overgrown.
My husband did not want to buy this house because it wasn’t well cared for at all. For what we were spending, he wanted a home in pristine condition. I get that, but it’s a good thing I can see past all the neglect, because underneath, it was amazing! And y’all know I do not mind putting the work in!
I also knew that at least that allowed us to redo it completely with our own vision in mind!
In 2018, we pulled everything out except for the Japanese maple on the right corner and started fresh:
You can see more of that transformation as well as what we planted HERE.
It definitely looked a little naked after, but still SO much better! That was mid to late summer and we had an unusually dry spring the following year, so it seemed that the growth of just about everything was really stunted.
In 2019 though, things started to finally take off.
We didn’t do much with it that year or in 2020, other than freshen up the mulch. Then last year, I finally got out there and made some adjustments!
And here is how it looked after:
It had so much more life to it!
If you’ve seen our old home’s landscaping, you know that we had more of a garden, which we planted from scratch, and I absolutely adored. It suited that unique home perfectly.
For this home, however, I wanted more of a structured landscape that was easier to maintain.
And here is how this view looks this year:
This view didn’t change too much, other than things have grown a bit more, and instead of using brown mulch this year, we opted for black mulch.
The Front Entry
This was the welcoming front entry when we first bought our home in 2017, complete with blinds dangling by a thread from the arched window up top:
It doesn’t exactly scream House for Sale, right? More like Stay away…stay far far away!
And here is what it looked like after the initial Phase One redo:
It really did look so naked compared to the before but so much cleaner and much more welcoming!
And here is last year’s update:
Much more welcoming than where is started for sure!
This year, I swapped out the planters and replaced our flag, but that is about it…
I love the contrast of the black mulch against the green! This is the mulch I used here. (No affiliation.)
And my spring hydrangea wreath is the same one I’ve used for Spring since I made it in 2019:
The Porch View
It wasn’t easy to see past all the overgrown everything when we were house hunting, but one thing that really stood out was the porch. I loved this porch, especially the large space on the side!
Here is the view of the right side of our porch when we bought it:
Here it is after the first makeover:
And this is what this side looked like last year:
I shared a closer look at our porch last year in this post if you want to see more!
And here it is today:
Look at my privet tree! It grew a lot in just one year! That’s a Japanese Waxleaf Privet, and it is often used for privacy hedges, but I love them shaped into small trees! My bushes have also really grown on this side.
The spiky perennials I planted last year got way too tall, so I pulled those out at the end of the summer last year. I have yet to replace them with anything.
I didn’t have an original 2017 photo of this walkway view, but here it is after the first makeover:
I had opted to use the same chestnut mulch as we used at our last house, but I didn’t love it at this house at all.
Last year, I chose a darker brown which I did like better…
But I am loving the black this year!
It just makes the green pop! ( Can you tell I really love the black mulch??)
Under the dining room window
The area below our dining room window started out like this:
And after removing and replacing what was there…
So naked ha ha! I love the look of knock out roses, but I do not love pruning them, so they had do go!
And last year…
And here is this view now:
You can see my privet tree and bushes have really grown on this side too. Look how much closer my little tree is to the dining room window!
Our newest landscaping project
Our main project last year was to add another bed with a tree to the left side of our yard.
Here is the before from that corner:
And the progress I shared:
If you compare the last two photos, you can see I moved some things around and replaced the four foundation shrubs beneath the windows on the left side there with new boxwoods. The old holly bushes were moved to the back yard. They were not doing well in that spot at all. I also brought the red fringe shrub to the left corner (from the other side of the house) to balance out the Japanese maple a bit.
And here is how this view looked when I was done:
This bed has done really well!
Here is how it looks now:
Do I need to say it? (I do! black mulch)
My daylillies came in really strong this year, and the Crape Myrtle tree we planted has really grown too!
The front yard is all me, and my hubby has the entire back yard to do with as he pleases. However, my hubby is in charge of the grass. He refuses to hire anyone to come treat it for us, and he has been working hard for the last five years to turn it around. It was all weeds when we moved in. All his hard work is finally paying off!
Under the Garage Windows
This bed isn’t my favorite as I’m still trying to find what works here, but the red fringe bush I moved to the end spot over there has loved its new home! The four boxwoods I added along the wall last year are doing really well. Once they grow in more, I think I’ll be happier with this bed.
I filled in the gaps, left by some Azaleas that hated this area, with some purple Petunias for a little more color over here.
The Front view
Here is the front view of our home after the first phase:
And last year:
And here is how it looks today:
Instead, check out how much that tree near our curb has grown! That is the most it’s grown since we’ve lived here! Crazy!
I am so happy with how our landscape is evolving!
My window box planters that I found on Amazon HERE are still one of my favorite additions to our outdoor space! These are the 36″ ones.
They add SO much charm!
That’s last year’s photo since I forgot to get a close up for today. I was vigilant about watering them last year and enjoyed them all the way into the fall. It was so sad to finally let them go!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the progression of our front yard landscaping today. A year makes a big difference in a landscape!
You can visit my final garden tour of our old home also if you like. It was even worse!
See what we did with it here!
I’ll be back with this bunch of yard sale pieces I rescued from my own yard sale and redid:
UPDATE: No need to come back! See them all HERE now!
Have an amazing weekend!!
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