Spring has Sprung!

That's right, spring has finally arrived in Central NJ, and I have been hard at work trying to bring some life to my formerly dull and uninspired front garden. 

Here's what we started out with when we bought the house:

We quickly eliminated the fence, but aside from some pruning, we didn't do much to the existing garden until this year.  Here is what the front yard looked like before we started:
It wasn't too bad.  Except that the boxwoods were way too big, and not centered.  And there was a weird strip of garden, with another strip of grass right next to the path that Matt always complains about when mowing the lawn.  And the strip was crowded with lillies, hosta and roses, while there was nothing in the other beds besides the large boxwoods. 

Anyway, it was time for a change.  Matt helped me rip out the boxwoods.  I then re-edged the bed on the far side of the stairs, and I updated it from a rectangle to a curvy shape.  Then I spent 7 hours edging the front strip and digging up the sod between the bed and the front path.  That is hard work!  

I decided to split the hostas instead of buying new ones.  Actually, none of the hostas are in their original locations.  You can tell where the original bed was by the line of lillies, but I moved and split all of the hostas, removed the roses (I tried to relocate them, but they died), and added oak leaf hydrangea, silver mound, salvia and dianthus.  Oh, and they're all perennials, so I don't have to worry about doing a ton of work every year!  I also planted herbs in containers on my front porch.  Easy access and they look and smell so pretty!

After 3 weekends of work, I'm so happy with the finished product!  Other front yard projects we're planning for this summer include painting the shutters and doing something with the front steps (not sure what yet).  Hopefully by fall we'll have more curb appeal!

1 comment:

  1. Anne, the sage is a perennial up here. It grows pretty large. I cut it back every spring and it fills in quickly. The hostas look great and will grow lush and large faster than you think. Place looks great! Beth