This was the front of our house when we bought it:
Pretty innocuous, right? But I always hated the bushes in front. Over the summer they really "bushed out", which meant that they blocked the view of the porch. And the ones on the right (other than the juniper) were thorny and nasty.
The juniper lost his home last Fall, but the rest of those bushes just hung out all Winter, annoying me.
After a visit to the garden department at Lowe's on Saturday, we came home and did this:
We used the car to yank out some, and the stubborn ones got roughed up with the shovel.
Once we remove about 10 cubic feet of lava rock we'll be ready to replant!
And no, my plan did not include an "After".... so as usual, I will wing it & hope for the best.
But honestly..... dirt patch or no, I still think it's an improvement!
Hub will gone for the month of April, so I guess I have 30 days to figure it out.
Any suggestions on what to add? I prefer something easy to grow and not messy (no flowers that will drop off and make a huge mess). I love hydrangeas, but those are probably better suited to our back yard. Hosta? Wildflowers? A concrete slab? FYI, the front gets sunlight from noon-sunset.