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Old 04-09-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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When we bought our home we knew that it needed a lot of love. I decided to take pictures so we could remember where we started. I'm glad we did! I took new pictures yesterday and had forgotten how different the front of our house looked.

Here are the orginal pictures from my post last year:

//www.city-data.com/forum/garde...u-do-area.html

and I've attached the "after" pictures!
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One year later...before and after-1front-door2.jpg   One year later...before and after-2front-left2.jpg   One year later...before and after-front-middle2.jpg   One year later...before and after-front-right2.jpg  
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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It was nice to see a true before and after of pretty much the same views. You did a nice job of cleaning up the yard in front of your home. Removing the overgrown tree that was too close to the front door was a good idea and the roses on either side was a pretty touch.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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It was nice to see a true before and after of pretty much the same views. You did a nice job of cleaning up the yard in front of your home. Removing the overgrown tree that was too close to the front door was a good idea and the roses on either side was a pretty touch.
Thanks! I especially love the smell the Banana Shrubs (Michelia figo) we planted. One is the large shrub on to the left of the front door and other 2 are on the right on the outside of the center bed. They are in bloom right now and our whole front yard smells like sweet ripe bananas! The line of smaller bushes in the center bed are Frostproof Gardenias. They are just budding and will be coming into bloom next month. I'm curious if they live up to their reputation for being less fussy than regular Gardenias. Of course the Double Knockout Roses and the Firecracker Bushes will be in bloom through the fall so I will have the almost year round color I was trying to create. I've been doing some research & if I can figure out a good planting spot, I might try a Camelia out front too. That would complete the look by giving its late winter blooms to the front landscape!

For right now though...We are going to take a break, sit back & enjoy our yard! I'll be posting the changes we made to the backyard too once I have the before and after pictures sorted. We made even larger changes back there!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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I see many of my suggestions were implemented. LOL

Looks really nice. You folks did a great job. I really like the minimalist approach you took.

However would look even better with those spiral junipers I mentioned a year ago.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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I see many of my suggestions were implemented. LOL

Looks really nice. You folks did a great job. I really like the minimalist approach you took.

However would look even better with those spiral junipers I mentioned a year ago.
LOL thanks so much and yes thanks for the suggestions! We looked into the junipers as well as cypress. They just don't do well in this area. The only ones I've seen around here look very sickly. We decided it was best to go with what we knew would grow!

Its also not so much minimalist as recognizing what we planted are young plants. If we filled those beds now, in 5 years we would be ripping half of them out because it would be overgrown.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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I think it looks great! It's only been a year, so you're right, many of those plants will get much bigger.

The first year they sleep...
The second year they creep...
And after the third year they leap!
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Thanks for the update! Looks great!
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I love to see success stories. I know you worked hard to make your front a true showplace. It looks amazing.

Nita
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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Love it! Love the Double Knock-Out Roses...a nice splash of color!!!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Love it! Love the Double Knock-Out Roses...a nice splash of color!!!
Thanks! - I'm waiting to see how the Gardenia bushes look when they come into bloom. I'm hoping that the pop of white across the center will be a nice accent against the lipstick pink of the roses and the red of the Firecracker Bushes. I love new plants and love seeing how they perform and bloom the first year! Its always exciting!
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