So, today I’m back with the before and after shots of the house. This time I’m going way back to when I first bought this house 2 years ago. Those are the true Before shots and will give a totally accurate view of what I was dealing with in the front yard. A house that had never been landscaped or given any love at all in the front yard. The only thing I had going for me were 2 cherry trees and a beautiful pink dogwood. The middle cherry tree was half dead and growing into the dogwood, so I opted to just have it cut down so that I’d have a clear view in the middle of the yard and that was the best decision I made. This created a nice under planting opportunity for all of these blooming shrubs that went into my yard, giving it a cottage feel that I just love.
If you missed yesterday’s post with the in progress shots of the landscaping going in, you will want to catch up on all of that.
Southern plants are wonderful and I have long loved hydrangeas (truly my very favorite flowering shrub) and azaleas are a staple in Southern yards too. I grew up with them and have had them in all my yards since my first house. My parents have azaleas in their yard too. Gardening and planting flowers has long been a love of mine too and I’m finally getting back to those roots that I love so much. I’ll be piddling around in this garden for a long time to come, I’m sure. Watching it grow and change will be so much fun in the next year or so!
So, let’s go back to the beginning. Remember this look? Ahhhh yes, I sure do! Here’s a shot from 2 years ago with the middle tree still there.
And this one was after the tree was cut down in the middle, before the front porch was built. Oh, you poor little plain house. You need some help!
And here’s the AFTER! Wow, isn’t that pretty incredible from 2 years ago til now?
I can hardly believe it either. Doesn’t look like the same house.
I took lots of pics in different light to give you all a good idea of how it looks. This was during cloud cover.
This was sunny Sunday morning.
Front yard bed with camelias in the corners and those are gardenias in middle. When the sod goes in, no more dirt will show and that will be nice too.
These are the Angyostar vines on the trellis, which will eventually cover those trellis forms. I think this solution is a good one for a floating fireplace like I have. It might take awhile for the vines to cover, but that’s fine, I can wait. I left the left side open to be able to get to the hose back there.
Sunny morning shot of the pink dogwood bed. You can see how great it looks since they removed lots of low growing limbs.
Good shot of the front of the house in the sunshine.
Front porch with a beautiful view now.
Right bed under the pink cherry tree.
Another view of that bed with pinestraw in place. It will look so great once the sod gets in over here too.
Mailbox with 3 Loropetalum Emerald Snow and a clematis.
I just love clematis on the mailbox, so I picked this one up at Lowes.
Baby Gem boxwoods lining the walkway.
Low growing shrubs by the house and these will only get 2 to 3’ high or so. One camelia anchors the corner and will get taller.
These beds have lots of azaleas and hydrangeas.
And here’s the problem area that is left. This is where a small retaining wall will go with pea gravel below where our tires will roll by the driveway, coming out of the garage.
One more shot of the beds and you can see the curves it has. Love those curves! Beds should always have curves for interest.
Fatshedera Angyo Star on the trellis. This is a beautiful variegated evergreen vine and looks similar to ivy. Carmen said this should take over these trellis forms in a few years. It’s not a fast growing plant though.
Baby Gem Boxwood
Dear Delores Hydrangeas
Agapanthus Queen Mum
Encore Azalea white
Pieris Mountain Snow
Loropetalum Emerald Snow
Delta Jazz Crepe Myrtle
Spirea Little Bonnie
Early Bird Crepe Myrtle
So, that is most of the plants that went in my yard, I think I covered them all. I’m sure all of these are tried and true for the South, so you can’t go wrong. You can find Southern Living plants at Lowes and Home Depot both, so check them out when you get a chance.
And don’t miss my beautiful friend, Carmen over at the Southern Living plant site too. She has lots of fun videos showing her favorite container gardening tips and she is so creative.
You can bet I’ll be sharing updates of my beautiful front yard all along the way. I can’t wait to watch my garden grow!