MM has done a lot in the last few days. Last week he did a retaining wall and planted some Arborvitae.
You'd think I could have moved the hose... NOT!
This week he started removing the 'sod' in front of the porch to make way for a border of plantings. He worked hard and had the 'black diamond' in and was waiting for the plant arrangement when I got home from work. This first photo shows the before.
Next comes the new plants.... I love them.
The small tree near the front door is a Magnolia, Maryillyn - it should get no bigger than 12-15 feet and spread no more than 10-12 feet. The three flowering plants are Azalea, Renee Michelle - these only get 2-3 feet high and spread 4-5 feet - love the color of the flowers. The small green mounds in front of the porch are Boxwood, Green Velvet - this too has a height of 2-3 feet and spread of 3-4 feet. This shrub also said "Deer will not eat" - that's good because they ate everything last year. The grasses at either end and on both sides of the Magnolia are Grass, Maiden Purpurascens - it should get 3-4 feet high and spread 2-3 feet - the leaves will get red/purple in the fall and have silvery-bronze plumes in August. We also planted some Daisies kind of in between everything - they're hard to see, but hopefully they'll grow nicely. I love - love - love the way it turned out.
Out front we have a small grouping of hostas. It's still early, but they fill in nicely as the season progresses.
I'm going in search of more hostas today to plant at the base of the trees (both the big one near the drive and the Magnolia) that should conclude the plantings then bring on the mulch to keep the moisture in and weeds down. I'm thrilled with how it all came together. My MM really did a lot of work and he's made me very happy lol. He even said he wants to work on the lawn next - yeah, it's in pretty bad shape. I'll update you later in the year to see if it grows much this season. In the fall I plan on putting in lots of bulbs for early spring color.