Posts tagged ‘Garden’

..can’t stop buying toys..

I’ve been working on my front and side yard..to prepare for our West End Westview home tour on May 7th…not that my house is on the tour but it only makes sense,being in Real Estate sales, to have it in decent shape. Not to mention my location is very visible and even I’ve been ashamed to tell others where I live due to the lack of curb appeal.   It took a while but we almost have one side weeded and semi tilled..pictures next. I just wanted to show my new garden friends..birds on a teeter totter..I picked them up in downtown Decatur at a cute shop called “Blue Moon”..  love them!

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Front Yard Idea Book…

The warm weather has me thinking about my landscaping sooner than I intended to… I have NO curb appeal and seriously need to start something simple to change this.
I recently borrowed the book ” Front Yard Idea Book” by Jeni Webber. It had many simple projects, tips and info on entries,gardens,ground cover,driveways etc

“Take cues from your architecture….”

I found this section to be really interesting since I just thought I’d go to the garden center and grab any low maintenance plant I liked but, this section has me reconsidering that. I didn’t know there were certain garden “norms” based on your style home.
Here’s a quick list for homes in my community:
Cottage
Picket fences-all styles and colors
Geometric beds with a profusion of plans
Little or no laws
Mix of flowers,herbs, and vegetables
Often electric or personalized style
Painted wood or wrought iron garden furniture

Victorian
Usually symmetric plantings
Colorful bedding schemes and window boxes
Elaborate details in house, fences, arbors and gazebos
Wrought iron garden furniture

Cape Cod
Usually symmetric planting
Small lawn
Naturally weathered or painted wooden garden furniture
Stone walls and paths

Craftsman Bungalow
Symmetric or asymmetric plantings depends on house design
Layered naturalistic plantings
Small lawn
Detailed hardscaping often with a mix of brick wood,and stone
Wooden garden furniture with simple lines
Front porches and terraces

I’m not sure I will take everything word for word but atleast this gives me some direction to start..

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