I'm in the part of the country that has received a ton of rain this spring/summer. For awhile I didn't think it was ever going to end.
I finally decided that I hated the outside of my house (landscaping), so contracted with a wonderful firm: Sierra Outdoor Design, Inc. (if you're in the northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin area!). Art, the owner, had plans drawn up for a redo of the entire lot. I have a few before and after pics I'll post as I'm sorting them out! The first three are of the front of the house and the south side of the house. The previous owner had put gravel in the flower beds thinking he wouldn't ever have to mulch again, I guess. All it accomplished was making the ground so hard it was impossible to pull weeds or even keep up with them. So, the landscapers had to first get rid of all the rock before they could even begin to plant.
There's a lot of yew shrubs, some warrior switch grass, which I believe turns red in the fall, although I could be wrong, also a blue spruce shrub, catmint, (the low green plants - they have delicate lavendar flowers), a Korean lilac that will stay the same size, groundcover sedum, groundcover roses (which I call miniature roses) - they are blooming now with a pink/yellow/tangerine color.
The work had to wait because we kept getting rain, but when they finally came, they accomplished the entire transformation in 2-1/2 days! I loved working with these guys - they were friendly, worked hard and everything was to my satisfaction. And the really amazing thing, even after all the work I've done on the inside, is that now it feels like my house! I'll try to post more tomorrow.
Until next time.....blessings.