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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Front Yard Facelift




 
As you can see in this photo, our front entry- yard-walkway needs some love! I can't see any rhyme or reason to the shrubs planted here and they have not been pruned in years so besides their odd (ODD) placement, they're really scraggly! Since I'm buried in snow (Can we say SPRING FEVER!?) with two sick baby girls, :(!!, what better time to sit and browse pics online for some fun ideas.
 
                         
 
*Tidbit: When we bought the house I was told these two oak trees are the oldest trees in the valley. Not sure how they knew this, so taking it with a grain of salt but pretty cool if true. They're beautiful, that's for sure. Our house stays wonderfully cool due to all these massive trees. Though most need some trimming. (Insert handy hubby here ;) )
 


So I'm envisioning boxwood (Two large ones here already, will just need to be replanted), and a mix of easy-to-care-for leafy plants such as hostas and lily of the valley since its shady. (I think lily of the valley spreads quick. Anyone know? It'd be awful if it, I don't know, took over the yard! LOL

Whatever we do it will be simple. I think that makes the biggest statement and quite honestly we want easy. We spent WAY too much time tending to the flower gardens at our old house and while I loved them they required so much time. SO...this time... Easy.

Here's some inspiring photos..


        
        
This is from Martha Stewart, so of course its perfect. But I like the mix of boxwood and low ground cover. Possibly low maintenance and very classic. I also love that the walk is just grass. easy peasy. There is a stone walk here now but it will most likely go.
 
6 | Columbus Day | Colonial Home | Historic House
 
Again, love the boxwood shrubs. (I think they're boxwood anyways). It's my favorite for edging and overall landscaping. The sweet little pink floral trees are a nice touch too. Our front area is pretty shaded so it'd be crucial to find the right plants.
 
Albert Hadley chose this pallette for an 1820 Colonial in New Jersey
 
This stone work is amazing!! I love how natural it looks with all its unevenness and color variation.
 
However, this brick walk way is AMAZING!!... If we did anything like it we would probably only do a small patch right at the foot of the stairs.
 
herringbone brick path, garden gate-new entrance through fence into backyard
 
 
Here's a really helpful article (For beginner like myself): Seven Tips for Landscape Design
Some great tips and ways to organize your plan. Always a good idea for a type B girl like myself. :)
 
Is this crazy? Because I love these..
 
 
Painted rocks. I think they're pretty spectacular. Especially if done really well. I think it could turn cheesy-DIY-project really fast, but these look awesome.
 
Here are some other great little projects that make impact:
 
Well, we'll see how things unfold this summer. Lots to do out there.
Thanks for stopping.
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