Our front planter beds have been something D and I have wanted to work on since I moved in. Our house is very one dimensional in front and still needs some serious work, like window boxes to add some depth and to paint the trim white, but baby steps Amanda, baby steps. In the warmer months we spend a lot of time outside and it’s always been a dream of mine to be good at landscaping like my mom was. I admire her tremendously and how much she knows by just teaching herself and asking questions. She is the queen of DIY in every aspect and when I have questions I always call mom first.
D and I have decided to take on one planter bed at a time. We have a lot of them and since eventually there is going to be the winery on site and people who come to it will be able to see our home, it’s important to me that the landscaping is something we are proud of. We are starting with the front planter bed and yesterday D and I went to Al’s Garden Center to get a few Perennials to fill in some of the space. My dream is to have no weeds able to grow so we also got a lot of plants that are ground covers and will grow throughout the bed with time.
I took this picture at the nursery because I love the varying heights and depth of the bed. There is a lot going on yet it seems to flow very nicely. I’d love something like this eventually.
We picked out several things and decided to start small and grow from there. We’d get a few things planted and in a couple of weeks go back for more. The colors I want to emphasize are purple, yellow and white. A few days ago I picked up some lavender and Ajuga’s or Bugleweed (ground covers) and planted those. Last year D and I went to a couple Lavender farms down here (read here) and it really inspired me to plant a bunch of lavender this year.
Here is the right side before:
Here is the left side before: The front door is in the middle of the two. As you can see, just a lot of green thus far!
I started by removing a Rhododendron which is behind the center shrub. It sat way too close to it and to be honest, I would get rid of the other Rhodie but it’s too big so I just cut it back some to open the space up on the right by the walkway. Then I transplanted another shrub because it was in an awkward location and I wanted to fill in some of the space in back. It’s not dead, I promise. It just looks that way in the picture. It has small little buds on it
Then I took what D and I bought at Al’s Garden Center and placed them where I wanted them to go based on what they were and how much they will grow over time.
Here are a few pictures after I planted. I will post some more in a few weeks as things start to grow a bit! Right now it still looks a little spars and bare but it will grow!
I’m loving the added color and I can’t wait to see how these guys grown over the next few months and what we will need to add down the road!
Hope you all had a great weekend! I’d love to hear about your fun yard projects you’re working on!