How Our Yard is Looking One Year After Updates
About a year ago I shared how to make vinyl shutters look brand new. It was supposed to be a series of ‘curb appeal’ posts about small things we did in our front yard. But best laid plans…?
One of those small things was updating the plants in the front beds. We originally planted gardenias there. And slowly over the 6 years they were there, they lost their leaves and didn’t look very healthy.
After treating them for bugs and fertilizing them, I did a little research and learned that afternoon sun is basically just bad for gardenias. Hmm..that’s exactly what they got every single day…so it was time to replace them!
But you know what loves sunlight of any kind? A fun plant I’d been eyeing for some time called Sunshine Ligustrum!? So my parents gave me 5 for my birthday last year. (2 are planted on the other side of the yard.) And it was immediately so much better and prettier out there!
They mature to 3-4 feet tall, which still keeps them under our window. And that’s important to me for safety’s sake! If perpetrators can hide behind bushes it’s easier for them to break into windows unnoticed!
One Year Later
But this post is about how those ligustrums are doing 1 year later. The answer: AWESOME!
They’re thriving and growing in nice and full. It’s discouraging sometimes to buy plants because what you can afford is so small and looks puny when you plant it. But you HAVE to account for their mature size. So it’s very fulfilling that they didn’t take very long to look this good!??
You can maybe see in the pictures above that the shutters I polished up in this post aren’t looking quite as good. They look better than they did before I worked on them, but not as good as right after. It’s still worth the $6 bottle of Armorall and 30 minutes of elbow grease! And maybe something I’ll have to do every 1.5-2 years to keep them, and our house, looking fresh.
So there you have it, a quick update on how our front yard is growing this summer. Of course we added our annual pine straw in the beds earlier this summer and I try to edge the grass once a month during growing season. It’s the little details like those that make the whole yard look sophisticated, polished, and loved! My favorite!?
Let me know in the comments if you’ve made any changes in your front yard this year! What’s your favorite way to update the curb appeal of your home? Please share!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea