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Monday, June 22, 2009

New Front Foundation Garden

This post is being linked to Metamorphosis Monday & Mellow Yellow Monday. My new front garden has all perennials, including yellow flowering ones.
Metamorphosis Monday, is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Go there for a listing of more transformations.

Visit the other posts at the Mellow Yellow Monday blog.

When I got home Sunday June 7 from a long weekend away to attend my niece’s high school graduation, the landscape service had taken down the overgrown shrubs at the front of the house. From two huge arborvitaes and two huge rhododendrons there was just a bare space at the front of the house.
Here is the front yard spring 2008 with the rhododendron in bloom. I wrote in May 2008 that I was having to say goodbye to the fertile shrub.

Here is how it looked at the end of last week with all the overgrown shrubs taken down.
On Friday June 12 the manager of my landscape service took me to a nursery in a nearby town, Northboro. I took photos of the plants in the back of his truck.
These are the plants we bought for the foundation border at the front of house
1 rhododendron - Rhododendron Chionoides
2 holly - Ilex x meserveae “Blue Angel”
2 boxwood - Buxtus sempervirens “Green Velvet”
2 wintercreeper (euonymus) - Euonymus fort. “Ivory Jade”
2 day lilies - Lilium asiatic “Tiny Bee”

At the house I took photos of the plant containers under the deck waiting for installation on Monday.
The two day lily plants were on the deck so I could enjoy them over the weekend.
Monday provided a whole new look to the front garden with varied green leaved plants and yellow flowers. Here the plant containers are set out keeping mind their growth habit, leaving space for increase in height and width.

They have all been planted. I had other photos but they included the landscaping personnel, and I didn’t ask permission to put them on the internet.

Rock stepping stones provide access to the faucet for watering and for the fuel oil delivery service.

Urns on the front steps provide more yellow flowers. Two urns hold yellow Pansies on the landing.
On the top steps a small urn holds MiniFamous Compact Safran Calibrachoa, which I bought at a plant stand on Thursday.

On the ledge beside the steps a planter holds Jane Bright yellow Marigolds and trailing Licorice plant, also from the plant stand.
It is quite a relief to have the front of the house all clear of the large shrubs. It makes the front of the house look so much better now. It has been raining most of the weekend and will continue all week. It will be great when we have a sunny day for outdoor exploring.
Thank you fir stopping by and looking at my new front garden. Do leave a comment

Please visit our two hostesses at the links above to see more transformations and mellow yellows.


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

All of your yellow flowers are so cheery!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous makeover!

Kammy said...

Wow, I love planting plants ! I really love all your pots too !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Things That Inspire said...

I bet you are going to be shocked at how much lighter Nd brighter your home looks without the old shrubs blocking the light anymore! The front of your house looks great.

at the cottage said...

Wow yellow really does add some sunshine and cheeriness.

What a lovely garden and beautiful home.

Great photos. Thank you


Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

I know how painful it is to lose/remove trees...I recently had to do that too...but it was for the good and your house looks fresh and updated! The new planting are going to be great! Happy MM!

Claudie said...

Like a breath of fresh air Carrie.
Love the new look.
Happy MYM
Love Claudie

Salmagundi said...

I love how you have color-planned your garden. It will be even more beautiful as time goes on. Sally

Lady Katherine said...

Now that is really a huge change! I love your new softer look in front of your home.

Stephanie V said...

The makeover is such a change. The day lilies are such a pretty yellow addition.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Wow! Quite the metamophisis indeed!! Lovely!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Before long the plants will spread and you can really tell the difference! Amazing what a huge shrub can do to overwhelm a landscape isn't it? I have had many taken out myself. I love your urns and planters!

Skoots1moM said...

great job rejuvenating your front...so, so pretty!

Pyzahn said...

The new landscaping looks great, but oh how sad to lose that beautiful rhododendron. It will be fun to watch the new plants grow and fill in. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

It looks just great with the oldsters gone, and it is just going to get better and better. I have grown green velvet boxwood in a tuscan-like parterre, and I can tell you that it is a wonderful plant. It is slow growing, but it takes to shaping and is really trouble free. I love your planters filled with such bright splashes of yellow. It is all going to grown into something very special. Good for you!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Looks much better now that we can see the house.

Marie said...

Hello Carrie - love what you've done! Especially the yellow flowers in the urn.


Barbara Jacksier said...

Amazing transformation. Flowers make such a difference. I'm in the planning stages of redoing the front of my home but deer are a big issue. Three years ago I fenced in the backyard and now tit made a huge difference. Now if I could figure out how to stop the squirrels and crows from stealing all of my tomatoes!

Unknown said...

Your yellow flowers look so sunny and welcoming !!!

Very pretty !!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Very welcoming, and very pretty. laurie