I think I’ve been teasing you long enough with inspiration pictures and posts about what plants we chose for our front yard. It’s time for some actual photos!
TA-DA! I wanted to wait until we had every last plant in its proper place before I showed you our front yard. And we’re actually still missing a few, but we’ve been weeding, raking, digging, mulching, and planting for the past few weeks, and the planter beds in front of our porch look really beautiful. I don’t have any good before pictures, because they were just dirt beds filled with enormous weeds, but I do have a mid-project photo.
At first glance, this mid-project planter looks even fuller and more lush than the finished product, and there are two reasons for that. #1, when all the plants are still in pots sitting on top of the dirt, everything is a good 8-12 inches taller! It’s a shock to see how tiny all the plants are when they actually go in the ground. And #2, the dwarf Italian Cypress we put in did not do well, and we had to pull them out and return them to the nursery. The people at the nursery assured us that they can thrive here, they just got too wet before their roots were established. The nursery didn’t have any replacements for us last time we stopped by, so we have four large holes in our landscaping while we wait. We’re also still looking for a few more Magnus echinacea, which I’m sure will be easier to find as we get closer to summer, and some sort of ground cover to fill in gaps.
We did pick up a few new things when we were at the nursery, some that were on our list and some that we just fell in love with and spontaneously decided to get. We hadn’t been able to find any Feather Reed Grass or Lamb’s Ear until last week, but finally picked some up. They both look great in the landscaping. We also spotted some darling little plants called Blue-Eyed Grass. They only get about 8 inches tall, and have pretty periwinkle flowers that close up every evening and open again when the sun comes up.
If you’d like to know what else we planted in our yard, you can check this post, where I included a detailed list of everything, including photos.
Now we just have to be patient and wait for everything to grow! It’s always funny when you put in new landscaping; the plants are just little dots in a sea of mulch. But we love how the front planters turned out. I hope that as everything fills in it will have that breezy, Mediterranean look we tried to achieve!