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25 June 2006 @ 08:14 am
Relandscaping plans  
This is my space:
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It faces south, is in direct sun most of the day and is the first thing I see when I walk out my front door. It's ugly. I'm not sure if the previous homeowners had anything planted there onceapon a time ago but there is nothing there but woodchips now. And the kids like to play in that space and get those darn woodchips all over the place. [I hate those woodchips] The whole space is uncomfortable, the paver bricks are uneven as the driveway slopes and I think it just looks odd. It's wasted space. It's ugly.

My thought is to remove all those woodchips, take the paver bricks out, level the ground if needbe and put in something more like this - hopefully I can find a brick that is similar to what is in the curved wall which extends across the front of the house as well. Then I'd like to add a bench seat or two [not that exact one though] along with some potted plants that I can move from the direct, hot sun when needed. This will give us a bit more space to get in and out of the front door as well. [and that door is hung backwards and needs to be replaced. It's annoying to have to cram into a small space to get in the door.]

This is going to be my one big project to do before the end of summer. The rest of the woodchips in the front of the house will be replaced with rock. I'm not sure if it's going to be a big project or not but I think it will ultimately look better and be more functional in the end.
jchammondsjchammonds on June 25th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
That is very creative, Heidi! It will look lovely and it makes sense to get more space by your door. You could have the door rehung. That probably wouldn't be a real big deal.

The front of my house where my flowers are face the direct sun most of the day, too. All of mine are in pots, but I never bring them in. Too large! I couldn't lift most of them. ;D I have slowly learned which flowers work well in these conditions. Petunias, rose mosss (portulaca), clown face, osteospernum, a sweet William, some things I can't remember the name of that are perennials, zinnias - those all seem to do really well. Geraniums do pretty well, too. Vinca vine does very well and is perennial, too. I let it cascade down the front of my pots. I have one that has gotten so thick it needs to be thinned out!
Heidimarshmelococoa on June 26th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
I don't like the door much but I might just have it rehung until I can replace it. I don't know whow that would be with all the hardware and holes and things though?

I thought about some sort of ivy or climbing something too. I know diddly about flowers. I have a lot to learn.
jchammondsjchammonds on June 26th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
My MIL has ivy and it has to be thinned down frequently or it goes crazy and takes over. It's very pretty, though.
Heidimarshmelococoa on June 26th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
My mom's took over when we were little too - but I always thought it was neat.
jchammondsjchammonds on June 26th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
It is neat. We thinned it right before my wedding and used some of it for the decorations. :-) Neat AND useful.