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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Front Walkway

Two years ago we had our front walkway, stoop and patio replaced. We were thrilled with the job done by the masons. I immediately planted up one section with shrubs but left the large portion open because of drainage problems we had with a basement window well.

I tried to find a photo of the area but of course I never took one because it was horrendous. Two years of no plantings and just weeds, made it the ugliest spot in our garden and of course, it was right next to our front door!

Any photo I took in the area I cropped so that you couldn't see the mess but if you peek at the right here, you'll see a little.

This weekend we finally decided we couldn't take it any more and attacked the spot. I really didn't want to spend any money on the area, we already had a Pieris japonica in a pot for a year that I wanted planted there.

The Cotoneaster at the bottom of the photo was there too, we just needed something else to fill in and give us year round foliage.

In the very back of my garden, in total shade were five Korean boxwoods (Buxus microphylla var. Koreana). These had been little slips given to me by a woman in my garden club. Over the years they grew to a nice size but they were in a spot where nobody could see them.

They turned out to be just right in this little front garden.

Now I have to bite the bullet and take out the Echinacea that seeded itself next to the Japanese Maple.

We are also going to mulch well with shredded leaves so we don't have to weed this garden. In the fall I'll add some early spring blooming bulbs.

How nice to have a neat, clean garden in this spot.


Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Now it looks neat and very interesting...

~ bangchik

Holly said...

very tidy....I am not tidy....I am messy!

gittan said...

Looks so neat and nice. I wish my front walkway would look as good as yours / gittan

Strawberry Lane said...

Your entry looks so inviting. Admire the beautiful setting.

Anonymous said...

You've been talking about this for a long time. We gardeners can always see room for improvement huh? I do think it looks nice and clean as does your house--just beautiful.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Beautiful curb appeal! So neat. You did a great job! -Jackie

Joanne said...

I don't know how you find time to keep your garden so tidy and blog.

Gail said...

It looks lovely...I know you feel good about it! and believe me I totally understand...I ignored the patio garden for years! Now that it's been worked on I wonder how i let it go for so long. DENIAL on my part! gail