Front Gardens: Before and After
I finally took some pictures of the front gardens to share with you guys! I was going to do it earlier this week but it was raining off and on this week so I waited until we had some sun.
Let’s just jump right into the pictures, shall we?
There’s a large bed to the left of the front door and a smaller corner bed to the right. I forgot to take pictures until after I had started attacking the grass and weeds, so just imagine the bare spot there being filled with the same stuff as the rest of the bed.
All of those light coloured pieces are grapefruit and lemon zest…we had a little neighbourhood kitty who had decided that the new mulch was a great litter box. Grrr. I found something online that said that cats are repelled by the cent of citrus, and it’s been working so far! Doesn’t look as pretty as it did the first day, but it’s better than cleaning cat poo out of the garden all summer! Also, speaking of mulch, we put down layers of newspaper under the mulch to try and stop the weeds and grass from poking through. It’s working ok so far, but I did notice some spots today where the crazy strong grass has gotten through :( I think it’s definitely a lot better than using just mulch, but I don’t know if it works as well as I had read online.
Most of the plants are perennials in here. They were $2 a piece at Walmart, so that price couldn’t be beat, and I figured it makes more sense to plant stuff that will keep coming back each year. We’ll most likely only be here one more summer after this one, but it will make things easier next year I think. I’m hoping the plants will fill out more over the summer, they’re a bit puny right now. There’s definitely stuff happening with them though!
These little beauties were already growing on the far left of the garden so I left them there. I don’t know what they are, but they’re pretty :)
We planted a few annuals along the front for some instant colour, and these were just yellow when I bought them so I was surprised to see this stripey guy pop out.
This is the after of the corner garden. Two of those large rocks were originally in the larger bed, but it didn’t make sense to have them just randomly sitting in there so I made a little grouping of them over here.
I absolutely LOVE this peony bush. It’s been here since my parents bought this unit, which was about 5 years ago, so my thanks go to whoever planted this several years ago! Last year I didn’t touch the front gardens and the peony bush flopped over after the flowers bloomed, so this year I put in some stakes and twine as well as a metal tomato cage type thing in the middle in hopes of keeping it upright. Several of these are ready to pop in the next few days, so I’ll know then if my efforts will work!
This clematis was also an existing plant in this garden, and last year it just trailed around on the ground and was very sad looking. I rigged up a trellis using a dollar store expandable trellis and some white raffia to tie it to some nails that were already in the brick. It’s growing like crazy so I can’t wait until it blooms!
And just for some comparison, here are some side by side before and afters of each side.
I also added some solar garden lights along the stone edge to add some prettiness at night.
So that’s the before and after of the front garden! It really does look so much better in person, and it’s a lot nicer to look at when I come home than the crazy grass and weeds were. Is anyone else working on taming wild gardens?