Aaron and I both love outdoor projects so when Spring finally rolled around here in northern Kentucky, we were excited to get our hands on our front yard… mainly our front flower bed. We kept it simple this year with new babies at home (who are two months old today BTW!) so we created two beds with simple edging, mulched and planted both annuals and perennials. Oh, and hung a fern. Big ferns fix everything!
The last time I shared the front of the house it was Fall and looked a little like (no wait, exactly like) this:
Not much had been done in the front bed pre-purchase, but it was a perfect jumping off point. We had several bushes (still don’t know what they are—any ideas?) and two rhododendron plants to work with. The rest were mums leftover from Fall, which we removed.
We picked a curvy shape to mimic the shape of the sidewalk. By embracing the curve, it also allowed us to sweep out further into the lawn to hide some bare grass patches. I love this shape!
In our last house, we dug out a trench to act as the “border” for the bed, and while it was certainly the cheapest border method (free!), it took a lot of upkeep. I always thought the beds were losing shape, weeds were growing in the trenches and it just generally looked messy. So for this house, we bought simple plastic black edging to make the border more refined. We like this kind because it requires no digging. You just make your shape and use stakes to hold it in place.
As far as plants go, I kept it super simple at least for this year to keep costs down. We used several XL geraniums (perennials) and three annuals—two hydrangea bushes and one peony bush. I can’t wait to see what they look like next year.
From the street, it actually looks like we kind of have our act together!
And a little closer…
We’ll continue to build it up over the years, but I think it is a pretty good start. And at one point in the future, I would love to replace the sidewalk with something more this style:
A girl can dream, right!?
So that’s where we are with the front. Porch furniture, more plants and some flanking pots for the front door are on our list too. So many fun things to look forward to!
Now excuse me while I go hang out with my birthday babies.