Mama got some new flower beds*

*Alternately titled – This is what happens when you watch too much HGTV on the plane ride home from BlogHer.

I recently confessed on my BlogHer recap post, “I watched too much HGTV on the plane ride home and have all kinds of projects in mind for myself (and ones we will need to spend good $ on) on how to stage our home for selling next year. Just what I need – more projects!”

Well, one of the first projects I decided to tackle this weekend was to beautify the outside of our house a bit – ya know, do some landscaping (something I’ve never tackled before) and add the oh so important “curb appeal.” ;)

I’ve often talked about the lack of sun in my yard (both front and back), so when I decided to put in some new plants I had to make sure they could handle a crapton fair bit of shade. I asked for suggestions on Twitter, and got many recommendations for hostas. Lynn at The Human Being Blog (who also lives in CO) recommended vincas and hybrid hydrangea in addition to hostas.

I went to The Home Depot in search of all of these plants and didn’t find exactly what I was looking for in the shade-tolerant, perennial category, but did walk away with some hostas, coleus, impatiens, and a vinca (or periwinkle) plant, as well as a few bags of red cedar mulch.

I started off by putting in a new flower bed around a tree in the backyard. It adds some color back there and I think really helps tie the two sides of the yard – grass on one side and playground mulch on the other side – together. I know there’s a patch of dirt right next to the flower bed, but I’ve planted clover and grass seed there a few days ago and it’s already filling in.

Then I tore out the majority of the plants in the front flowerbeds – the flowerbeds that have looked almost exactly. the. same. for the past nine years that we’ve lived here and which consisted of about 80% of Snow on the Mountain (as seen below).

I forgot to take a before picture until I’d already pulled out some of the plants, but this gives you a rough idea of what it looked like. Rather boring, with just a bit of color thanks to some flowers my mom planted in June.

Here is the after picture:

I’m soooooo pleased with how it turned out. I think it looks so much more put together and hopefully adds that “curb appeal” I was looking for. :)

Next on Amy’s HGTV home improvement project list is to get new counter tops (and possibly new sink and floor) in the kitchen and to enclose our upstairs loft to make a fourth bedroom (will make 3 bedrooms upstairs and one in the basement). There’s also a need for new carpeting (though I want to wait until Julian is potty trained for that one) and paint. Let the fun begin. Whee! :)

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12 thoughts on “Mama got some new flower beds*

  1. verrrrrrry nice! I like it a lot! Go you!!

    When the time comes I can hook you up with carpet referrals :) We did carpet only after we moved out and we STILL managed to despoil it. Kids, I tell you.

  2. oh boy. all my mom talked about when i was home was how much she loves HGTV (they only recently got cable) and how she’s trying to make all the different parts of the yard and outdoor sitting areas “pop” with color. apparently, they want to make everything “pop” on HGTV. :-)

    seriously though, her and jeff’s garden is pretty awesome. there are some areas they haven’t gotten to, but it’s pretty impressive for 2 people in their 50s and 60s who are also working fulltime.

  3. actually, i should have said “it’s pretty impressive, *especially*, for 2 people in their 50s and 60s who are also working fulltime.

    i had a very small garden when i had my house in philly, but never had the motivation to keep it up like some of you green thumbs!

  4. Love them! They look great. I can’t believe how different it makes the yard look. It looks clean, and crisp, whereas the Snow on the Mountain, kind of had that overgrown look. Where did you get the big rocks for the borders? I really like the way that ties it all together. Nice job. :-)

  5. Watch out, Amy! That’s not Snow on the Mtn, that’s Bishop’s Weed! And that stuff is tough! Keep an eye out, in case it pops back up again. It’s on runners, so you never know.

    Nice job on the garden updating! Woo! Wanna come on over and weed mine? I’ve been slacking and it’s getting baaaaad. Although I did find a toad today out front, so that’s good. : )

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