Our home was a short sale when we purchased in the summer of 2008. At the time, the landscaping was pretty neglected. The front lawn was dead, there was no grass in the back (just a patch of dirt!), we had no fence separating front yard from back, there was a random pile of dirt and bricks in the corner, and a profusion of wild onions grew EVERYWHERE. It took me lots of time and diligence to dig all those wild onions out (it’s the only way to get rid of them), and even now they pop up on occasion. Other than squirrels, they are my gardening nemesis.
We were able to look past all of that somehow and see the bright side of our little house, and I’m so glad we did. In the nearly four years we’ve lived here, lots of progress in the landscaping/curb appeal arena has been made. We’ve built a patio and outdoor kitchen, a raised-bed veggie garden and compost bin, grown some grass and managed to keep it alive, added a storm door, and attempted to grow lots of plants. Some have fared better than others. This is our first home, and learning what will grow and thrive is a process.
Here’s a side-by-side of our house shortly after we closed next to a photo from last summer:
Much, much better, but I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the two flower beds at the front edge of our property line, especially the one at the northeast corner of our lot (not pictured above). Since the weather has been warming up, there’s no time like to present to do some planning and planting! Here’s what the problem area looks like now (sad, I know):
None of this was here when we moved in – it was pretty much a patch of weeds. And here’s what I’m planning on planting in all of those bare patches you see.
Sedum Autumn Joy [ photo from here ], Double Knockout Rose [ photo from here ], Rhododendron Cunningham’s Blush [ photo from here ], Verbena [ photo from here ], Creeping Phlox [ photo from here ], Gerbera Daisy [ photo from here ]
What do you think of the plan?