How Far We've Come: The Front Garden


Knockout Rose Hedge and Rock Edge in Progress Rock Edge in Progress

After sharing the progress on the rock edging yesterday, I thought it might be nice to share how the front garden has changed since we bought the house.

Then I realized, it's been almost exactly five years since we bought our house! Almost to the day. Can you believe that?

I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back and see how far we've come. I'll start with the front garden, since that's where this conversation started.

When we bought the house, one of the things I liked about it was that the garden was a completely blank slate. The only thing here, besides the pear tree, was grass, barkdust and overgrown rhododendrons. We later learned that the previous owners had not wanted to garden, so had everything taken out. All I had to do was clear the overgrown bushes and start from scratch.

This is what the house looked like the day we bought it. Front of House at Purchase

The first thing I did in the front is rip out all the overgrown rhododendrons and prickly evergreens. Front of House After Clearing Garden

Today it looks like this -- still a work in progress. Front of House Currently

When we bought the house, the right side of the front garden disappeared in a tangle of overgrown bushes. Right Front Garden at Purchase

Today it's still a bit of a jungle, but it has a gate and evolving landscaping. Right Front Garden Currently

On the left side of the house, there was just grass and more rhododendrons. Left Front Garden at Purchase

We added a fence, and gate and lots of other things, and this is what it looks like today. Still working on it! Left Front Garden Currently

Walking up to the front door, this is the view when we bought the house. Lots and lots of prickly evergreens! Center Front Garden at Purchase

Right now it's a mess because I'm changing the way it's landscaped, but once the rocks and evergreens are in, it should look muuuuch nicer. Center Front Garden Currently

I'm not sure it's actually possible to see how different it is in these pictures, or how much work has been done. It seems dramatic to me, standing there in person, but there's still so much of a mess, I'm not sure it's showing yet in the photos. I feel good about the progress we're making, though, and I'm sure that once all the beds are in we can add the rest of the fence, the brick path, the arbor, and then all the details to the house itself, the change will be obvious even in pictures.

Does your front garden look different than it did five years ago?


~Angela :-)