Here is the view of the house from part of our driveway, from the angle of the road. Not very pretty.... I think I'm going to take out the two bushes at the front (not the little tree) so you can see into the bed, and then layer it with hostas, salvia, knockout roses, and peonies. Low maintenance but pretty. Not this year, but hopefully next spring.
Here are a few of the things I've planted in that front bed so far. A peony :) It's actually supposed to be one of the best flowers you can grow in the midwest and they are to-die-for gorgeous, but not long blooming. So I'll probably keep the four or five that I have, but not plant more.
I planted some hydrangeas because they're awesome, but a week or two after I planted them we got our last frost and it almost killed them... They're fine for our winters and will come back next year, but because they were new the cold got to them this year. There is new growth in there and they've grown a lot since then, but probably no blooms this year. Oh well.
My mom and I planted different bulbs last fall, so it was fun seeing what came up. These were a surprise to me: allium! Technically they're onions, but certain varieties have these giant purple blooms that are awesome. I had them in our wedding, and I'll definitely be planting a lot more this fall. I think they're better layered into things because they're really tall, but so cool. (sorry for the weird filter, I put them on instagram and it was the only picture I had of them blooming.)
More bulbs that came up: fancy tulips. Very pretty.
Lamb's ear at the front of the bed. They're low, but really fuzzy and I love the texture. No blooms that I know of.
This is the bed by the front door. I planted knockout roses last year. It doesn't get a ton of sun so they're a lot smaller, but pretty :) I also put petunias in the pot by the door. A friend gave me a moon flower a few days ago in that blue pot by the door. I'll probably bring it somewhere else, and it only blooms in the evening (I think), so I didn't take a closer picture of it. So sweet, though, and I'm really excited about it.
This is the round bed in the front of the house. All the junipers were existing... I attempted to trim their wildness. I kind of like them, though. My neighbor doesn't, and keep telling me to rip them out. Haha. I'm not decided. I planted phlox (done blooming) in the middle. I hope it goes crazy like phlox can.
You can see my neighbors are having a graduation party in the background. With a bounce house.
Here are hydrangeas and zinnias. The zinnias are annuals and should bloom all season long, and remind me of home. They make great cut flowers inside... my mom had them growing up. Hopefully they get big enough to cut. The closest of the three hydrangeas looks like it will bloom this year. I hope so.
This is moving to the back of the house. If you're looking at that first picture, it's to the left. We have so many beds... Anyway, I planted blanket flowers at the front and they go through phases, but blooms like crazy most of the time. Behind are spirea that hacked to nothing and then transplanted. They're doing really well and look great there.
Behind them is a giant rose that got really big last year but didn't bloom, but this year it is absolutely covered in blooms! Very pretty. You can see our steps down to our basement... I planted knockout roses around them last year. Some have gotten really big.
Here is that rose you can see some of in the previous picture. Like I said, blooming like crazy. I'm so thankful.
Here is the other side of the steps down to the basement. More knockout roses. I planted all of them at the same time last year and some went crazy and some clearly did not, but I think they are the best flower. Gorgeous, bloom all season long with tons and tons of flowers, are self deadheading, and you don't have to do anything to them. The best. I highly recommend them to everyone, everywhere.
I will plant lots more next year.
There are a ton of day lillies around the corner of the house that were existing still. All I know is that they are huge and bloom like crazy. I think I'll divide them and put them in different areas around the house because they're awesome.
I was in Colorado and when I came back I had a bunch of produce in the fridge that had gone bad (oops), so I decided now was as good as any to start a compost pile. So for now it's in these big knockout rose pots I had because they'll drain, but I need to figure out an actual pile. The pile needs to be in the sun... that's the challenge, because my sunny places are all visible to neighbors.
I am growing tomatoes. This one is in a pot, but I have two others in the ground. Lots of tomatoes, none ripe yet. I'm excited.
I also have a lemon tree! It's got lemons, and more blooms. I'm very excited. You can see the little lemons growing!
I have the tomato, lemon tree, and some basil in pots on the corner of my back patio.
Some tomatoes growing... I'll have dozens when they're finally ripe. I'm planning on doing canned tomatoes and canned salsa. It'll be great.
I have a mini rose in a pot. It's happy.
My neighbor gave me irises that she thinned... I only got one bloom this year but I'm hopeful. They're pretty. To the right are daffodils that only bloom at the beginning of spring.
There are random vestiges of the previous owners... like this bird feeder.
I have boxwoods growing like crazy... I try to prune them and it takes hours and I fill up wheel barrows full of trimmings, but they continue to look overgrown. Oh well. I like them a lot.
Hostas keep coming up in back. We have a random little pond to the right of these. We're pretty sure it's just breeding ground for mosquitos, so Miles randomly dumps bleach in it.
I planted more hostas in one of the back beds. No sun, and hostas are great for that. And they have little blooms once a year! And zero maintenance. My kind of flower.
I planted some lily of the valley from a friend. And some other stuff.... but the lily of the valley should go crazy which will be nice in that bed. I would appreciate if it took it over and killed some of the weeds... It's one of my many shade beds.
Anyway. Lots of stuff outside. That's the tour!