My Work in Progress
Well, the FRONT yard is done. Mostly. It IS trial and error over time, right? I love it because it's all me and exactly what I was after; it solved a few problems well and looks great with the house. I have a fondness for year-round interest and like my beds even in winter. I drew a plan in crayon on construction paper before the boxes were unpacked in this house, and a few years later had my vision professionally installed. The designer said I was their toughest customer yet because I knew exactly what I wanted, and it's hard to get inside someone else's head (vs handing money to a nursery and saying "here make it look pretty"). Being new to Va I did need help with picking some plant varieties, but I had the textures and colors all laid out in my head. I also had already installed a few "anchor" plants that are now established and worked out perfectly.
9 of 26: Step on me. I keep forgetting what this is, but it smells sweet in full bloom and loves to be stomped on.
21 of 26: This Bloodgood was my 5th anniversary present, along with a pear tree planted near the driveway. This maple and the blue spruce were my visual anchors when I was designing the beds. I did have a Professional help me with plant varieties and installation.
24 of 26: The Blue Spruce was here to start with. I got it on sale in the "half-dead" section at Lowe's for $49. I'd spent all year looking for one, but new house meant no budget for a $300 tree. This one just LOVES the new bed and his barberry friends. Gotten huge and gorgeous and is a home to song sparrows and purple finches (love love my birdies!).
26 of 26: Our dwarf Hinoki cypress the kids call the Bunny Tree (you can see why, yes?). It's not much bigger now, still looks bunny-ish after a few years. I love it for an accent stand-alone piece. The lorapetalum is ok too. The grass behind and juniper will probably be replaced this year or next in favor of more lorapetalum and a different variety of grass. Maybe a Blue Fescue.