One of our big projects this summer and fall was to revamp the landscaping (or start to) on the front side of the house. Unfortunately I was totally remiss in taking real “before” photos, but this is the area in question earlier this spring:
The things we were seeking to change were:
– remove the bush in front of the front door, which as soon as summer comes, needs to be cut back every couple weeks to keep it from overgrowing the walk.
– remove the white flowering bush on the corner of the house. By May it was starting to overtake the bay window. By June, it was out of control. Again.
– remove at least one of the azaleas. There are two, right next to each other. Red blooms in early May, pink blooms in late May, and they look terrible together.
– fix the general grassy messy look that we had going on as soon as the spring flowers (daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths) finish blooming.
In the long term, we plan to replace the lilacs too, but not yet.
…and… here we are in September:
So, no, it’s not super impressive looking right now. But given some time, I think we’re headed in a good direction.
The bush at the end of the bed (in front of the front door) is gone, root ball and all. We also dug out as many of the grape hyacinth bulbs as we could find. They look pretty for a couple weeks in the spring when they flower, but it’s just not worth the mess they look the whole rest of the year. We also dug up some daffodils and hyacinths. Those we hung onto; not sure where we will put them. Those we wouldn’t mind keeping. Same goes for the daylilies.
Now even if the lilacs pinch the walk a little, at least the other side is clear. Plus it seems a little more welcoming not to have a bush smack in front of the front door. The mums looked pretty and festive for the fall. We’ll have to figure out what to do about that part of the garden bed in the spring.
The big, white flowering bush on the corner of the house has been replaced with a gray gleam juniper, which will eventually get to be 5-7′ wide, and 15′ tall. It’ll be a foot or two clear of the house at mature size, and will never encroach on the window.
It has a twin mirroring it on the other side of the house, to the right of the driveway. There used to be an enormous, sprawling honeysuckle plant there. Gone! Hopefully the grass seed surrounding the mulch circle germinates soon.
The original red azalea we moved to the middle of the bay window, and two matching red azaleas went in flanking it. Eventually they’ll grow together, without growing all the way against the house.
For its part, the pink azalea took a field trip to the backyard. I didn’t hate it, I just hated it next to a red azalea. Hopefully it survives the transplant to the side fence area. (I swear, there are lilacs flanking it. Baby plants are a theme around here.)
Our other recent acquisition was a Blue Prince holly, which we’d been in the market for:
It’s pruned a little roundly, and its leaves aren’t as deep blue-green as the Blue Princess hollies that we have, but it looked pretty healthy for spending the whole summer in a bucket at a nursery. And on year end clearance at $20 (60% off!), it was a buy. Next year (hopefully!) our female blue princess hollies will be pollinated by the new male holly so they will grow bright red berries.
And one more backyard activity for the weekend…
I mean, that’s what it’s for, right?