If you don’t know me personally – from these pictures you will see that I love color. I wanted to get rid of the black and spice it up! So one weekend Collin, Taran, and I went to Menards to pick out color for our shutters, trim, garage door, and front door. My gracious husband helped me dig up our dead shrubs so we could plant new ones. He did a lot of digging too, our house is on a concrete slab and the builders were pretty careless so my flower bed that is up close next to the house is concrete covered in dirt. We persevered and got most of the rock and concrete up so our new shrubs wouldn’t die. (Hopefully)
After- disregard our grass...it is not better!!
I planted a boxwood, a holly bush, and a couple of other ones that I don’t know the name, but they were pretty and cheap. (That’s how I make most of my decisions – oh that looks pretty, I’ll take it!) J I also planted Impatiens because my flower beds don’t get a lot of sun and they do great in shade. In the front area by the garage I planted a Weeping Peach tree, some lilies, and one lantana flowering plant. Then to make it all come together Collin and I mulched everything! I went with brown mulch this year instead of black because we painted over the black shutters and black door.
After painting the door and trim – I couldn’t stop there and found a creative and cheap way to make tall planters from East Cost Creative. So, I went back to Menard’s and for $20 bucks I got 4 plastic planters – 2 big and 2 small. Painted them to match, added some flowers and another boxwood in each and voila I had really great looking planters for super cheap. Check out their website for a more detailed process. Love how they turned out!!
Bonus* My husband planted our hostas the year he moved into our house – they are huge and beautiful!!