|Honestly, this was one of the greener sections.|
For the past couple of weeks, I have spent many, MANY hours out in the yard digging holes, moving dirt around, planting plants, mulching, etc. Here are a few before and after photos. These pictures aren't great because I took them on an incredibly hot day when the grass was really thirsty. After we water it, it greens up very quickly. I'll have to take more pictures when it's nice and watered.
|Our pitiful yard|
|New sod and beds|
|Ruby lorapetalum, knockout roses, purple pixie lorapetalum, firepower nandina, dwarf gold thread cypress|
|Before - you can see the big brown patch where our old Bradford pear used to be|
|Japanese maple, camellia, gardenia and azalea|
The previous owners had planted 2 bizarre, unwieldy honeysuckle bushes on both sides of the sidewalk in front of the columns. They were awful. I was so glad to replace them with Green Spire Euonymus.
|Two super cute lawn ornaments|
|My beautiful girl |
We plan to have Adam and his crew lay sod on the left side of our yard in the next few weeks. I have a few plants that I'm going to put on that side of the house as well (Texas quince, barberry, crepe myrtle, blueberries). Luckily, a nursery nearby was having a ridiculously awesome sale and I got a TON of plants at 90% off. I also got this enormous wooden hutch for $35.80 (90% off of $358). I'll have to post a picture later.
We also plan to eventually paint the shutters and door of our home black. We're not huge fans of the muted blue color, and some other homes in our neighborhood look very classy with black shutters and doors. That probably won't happen any time soon, though.