I think it’s time I shared another garden makeover at Gingham Gardens. When we moved into our current home at the end of summer 2016, the list of garden projects was endless, and it still is, but lots of the projects have been checked off. Read about my first garden makeover here and an Easy Garden Makeover here. In reality, I started this project the day we moved in. There were movers and boxes all over the inside of the house and I just couldn’t deal. Plus, it was a lovely day and I really needed to stay out of the way. Good excuses, right?
This area runs along our driveway, so it is very visible from the street. I hated it from the moment I saw it on the realty listing photos and I hated it even more when I saw it in person, but I knew I could make it beautiful. One of my gardening pet peeves is seeing hosta planted in full sun. The poor shady plants just get burnt up by the time July rolls around, even in zone 4. For some reason lots of people think it’s okay, but I won’t go off too much on how crazy it makes me, because I don’t want to alienate my readers. This is the picture from the real estate listing.
This is what the bed looked like before I started. Well really I worked a little and then decided to take some before pictures. See the moving trucks… and you thought I was joking.
I dug out hosta, ditch lilies, crocosmia and tons of weeds. This picture also shows lots of other overgrown plants and shrubs that are gone now. Way over to the right, you can see a portion of the weeds in the foundation bed in front of the house.
So I have a confession to make, I pitched most of these plants. I had a huge pile at the end of our driveway and a few of the neighbors came and picked through it. I did keep a few of the hosta and moved them to the shade where they are very happy and thriving. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I really dislike ditch lilies, unless they are in a ditch where they belong. And croscosmia, I just sort of like it, but it’s crazy invasive here in zone 4. I’m still pulling lots of babies this year. Here’s a picture of the last of it.
After I got everything dug out. I filled the massive holes in with bagged compost and then covered it with cardboard boxes (of which we had plenty). On top of the boxes I spread out mulched up leaves and grass. It was left that way for the winter. I failed to take pictures of that step, because at the time I wasn’t thinking about doing a blog post. I just wanted to put it to bed for the winter and be done with it. This is know as the “Lasagna Method”. The following spring my grunt man (hubby) tilled it for me. Overall, this method worked really well and I plan on doing it in some more areas of the yard this fall.
This bed was planned out a little more that some of the other areas I have planted, because I wanted it a little more structured, or as structured as one of my gardens can be. The perennials I planted are Becky Shasta Daisies, Royal Candle Veronica, Black-Eyed Susan, Autumn Joy Sedum, Karmina Geranium, South Seas Daylilies, Arizona Sun Gaillardia and Little Pleasures Daylilies. I then added in some annuals – Marigolds and Geraniums. I will be able to change the look by changing up the annuals every year. Here is a picture taken early in June just a week or so after I finished planting and mulching. You’ll also be able to see the difference with the other overgrown shrubs removed.
Here are a few pictures taken the first week in July when things were really starting to fill in.
In the next picture, you can also see some of the changes we’ve made so far to the front of the house. My very talented hubby made shutters and a window box. I also spent a lot of time last fall digging out weeds, a crappy, old rose bush and some kind of weed tree that had an unbelievably long tap root. There were actually some decent perennials that I moved to a different area. I then planted some shrubs along the foundation. I’m not completely happy with that area yet. Perhaps I’ll share a garden makeover on it next year, after it’s gone through some more rearranging. Any way, we’ve gotten tons of compliments from our neighbors and we think the changes so far have really made a difference in the curb appeal of our little, humble abode.
Back to the matter at hand… Here are a few pictures of the garden from just a few weeks ago.
Below is one last comparison, not quite the same angle, but I think it’s easy to see we’ve done a fair amount of work.
I’m very pleased with the way this garden makeover turned out and I love hearing the compliments from our neighbors. Thanks for stopping by to check out Another Flower Garden Makeover at Gingham Gardens. Hang out for awhile and have a look around. Please feel free to share this post and others. I love comments, too.
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