Saturday, September 8, 2018

DIY Landscaping for Curb Appeal

Hey y'all! I promise I am still here. I know it has been awhile. 
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We took a late vacation. Normally we go at the beginning of the summer but this year it was at the very tail end. As soon as we got back it was time to get ready for back to school. We have spent the last month getting use to waking up before 6 a.m. for High School. Ugh! I will say though for the most part it is breaking me of my night owl hours. I have only had one night where I couldn't go to sleep.

This week I have started bringing out the pumpkins for fall and then I remembered as I was dismantling the porch decor that I hadn't shared what I had been up to outside.
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Remember back at the end of May when I ripped out our front flower beds and I planted 8 of these beautiful Gardenias? You can see what the beds looked like if you missed it by clicking here.
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I tell ya I fought hard all summer long to keep those darn plants alive. As you can see I lost the battle. 
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I was so disappointed but I guess that is how it goes sometimes. I certainly have no clue what I am doing.
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While trying to save the Gardenias I added some spiral shrubs to each side of the entryway. I had been wanting to add some for some time now. 
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Once I decided to throw in the towel on the Gardenias we went to the nursery and I picked out some Hawthorns and Cypress. I planted Hawthorns at the last house and they did very well so I figured they should here as well.
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I am so much happier with how it all came together and I am actually glad the gardenias didn't survive. 
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Now everything looks as if there was somebody who knew what they were doing. Sometimes I hit a home run when I just wing it. LOL.
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The spiral shrubs really steal the show I think. Mr. Front Porch was afraid they would be a pain to upkeep but so far they have been a breeze. Only once have I gone out and trimmed a few stray branches.
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The new plants have been in for over a month now, the spiral shrubs for over 2 months and I am happy to say they are still happy! Once it cools off we plan on adding rock around the beds and I want to plant some flowers to add color. I am also contemplating adding some boxwoods down each side of the walk way but not sure about that yet.
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On another note I just completed the curbside chairs so I can take pics of our fall dining room. It is the only space I think I have fully cozied up for fall so far.

Have you started pulling out your pumpkins yet or is it still too hot? 

Sharing at these wonderful blogs:
Between Naps On The Porch
A Stroll Thru Life
Stone Gable

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French Country Cottage


  1. It all looks so wonderful! I LOVE the spiral shrubs!!! Can you tell me what type they are? Thanks

    1. Thanks Angie! I wish I could but I threw away the container that may have had a sticker telling me.

  2. Your new landscaping looks great! No pumpkins here yet I am waiting until October.

    1. Thanks Penny. I would like to say I can wait that long but I would never last.

  3. Your landscaping looks beautiful! Sometimes we have to make a misstep before we find exactly what works and looks good. The spiral shrubs really add interest...I wish now I had looked at something like that for the corner of the garage.

    1. Thanks Donna. Hubby really didn't want them but I am glad I stuck to my plan.

  4. Hi Pamela,
    Sorry about the gardenias. I do love what you put in their place. It looks lovely. Happy Weekend.

    1. Thank you Kris. I hope you are having a great weekend as well !

  5. Beautiful landscape and I love the spiral trees! Can you please tell me where did you find those metal round stacked orbs garden finials? Thanks

    1. Hi Edna. Thanks for stopping by. I purchased them from Costco back in the spring. They came two to a set, a large one and then a smaller one.

  6. Pamela,
    Your new landscaping looks great. The spiral shrubs are eye-catching and add a little extra French style.


    1. Thanks Judith! Hope you have a great weekend.

  7. Looks great! How do you hang your wooden sign on the siding? I'm looking to add one to our porch!

    1. Hi Michelle G. Thanks for visiting. I just used a screw since I usually have something hanging right there. With hardiplank I had to use a pilot drill hole to enable the screw t get started. That hardiplank is tough stuff.


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