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Easy Garden Makeover

I’ve already shared a few garden makeovers here at Gingham Gardens that you can read about  here and here. Today, I’m going to share An Easy Garden Makeover.

Here’s what this area looked like when we moved in last August. Later in the fall, we had the multiple-trunk ash tree cut down, so we were left with this weird area  with three or four stumps sticking up and a hosta growing out of the middle of them.

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Easy Garden Makeover - Before

Here’s how it looked this spring after the trees were cut down. I tried to ignore it, but once I finished the tiered garden, this little area was crying out for help.

Easy Garden Makeover - Before

First, I cleaned up the area by raking off all the old mulch and pulling the weeds. Underneath the mulch was a layer of rock and roots, so I cleaned out as much of that as I could get. Then I added several bags of compost. As I dug holes for the plants, I cleaned out more roots and rocks. Okay, so maybe this isn’t sounding so easy, but compared to some of my other makeovers, this was a piece of cake. As a side note, the area in the background of this picture looks so terrible that I can’t believe I’m sharing it, but I’m just trying to keep it real here.

Easy Garden Makeover - During

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I planted four hosta –  Lakeside Little Tuft, Touch of Class, Sugar Daddy and Halycon.  Alternating with the hosta, I planted two Sugar Plum Coral Bells (heuchera) and two Solar Eclipse Foamy Bells (heucherella). To fill in holes and to add some pops of color, I planted impatiens. And just to prove I’m keeping it real, here’s another unsightly mess, but all part of the process.

Easy Garden Makeover - During

The orb stand was a flea market find and it seemed to be a perfect fit for the center of this little round flower bed.

Easy Garden Makeover for Shade - After

And the final after picture. As it fills in, my hope is that the tree stumps will be less visible.

Easy Garden Makeover at Gingham Gardens - After
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Easy Garden Makeover at Gingham Gardens

Do you have a little area in your yard that could use some help? I challenge you to take on a garden makeover. Now that summer is winding down and temperatures are cooler is the perfect time. There is such a sense of accomplishment when it’s complete that you’ll be ready to tackle another area… maybe.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I really appreciate the visits and comments. Feel free to extend your visit and share what you find – there’s lots to look at. Have a blessed day!

Happy gardening,


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  1. Wow. It all looks gorgeous! I was here when you were just starting that tiered bed and boy does it look good now.
    🙂 gwingal

  2. Your garden is stunning!! Just beautiful!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am your newest follower!!

  3. Good morning Joanna, “Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it” comes to mind with this post. I like what you’ve done in that small area & the section near the fence.
    Terrific work ,good luck with future makeover projects,Joe

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