One of the reasons we loved our new house when we first saw it was because it has an amazing garden and yard! I had looked and looked at many, many, many houses but kept coming back to this one. When I brought my husband Kevin to look at it he didn’t even make it into the house before he said ‘This is the one!’
The previous owners had it professionally landscaped but it desperately need to be tamed. All of the plants and trees were so overgrown and needed to be pruned desperately. Unfortunately we did lose our great big tree in the front yard. We could still see that there was so much potential and just need some hard work to make it beautiful again. And the best part there was a pool!
There was one section in the backyard that was pretty ugly. It was filled with ugly greenery. Spreading junipers I think. Anyway, I ripped it all out!
Big messes happen before the beauty! Sooo many roots to remove. To tackle this job I used a spade, pickaxe, and my favourite garden tool ever, my large Fiskars pruners/lopers.
I did keep a few of the plants that were in this bed. There were some beautiful Russian Sage plants that I moved. I also moved some Purple Cone Flowers from other parts of the garden. The Russian Sage and the Purple Cone flowers came up beautifully this spring. They will be even bigger and more beautiful and next year. Still planning to add a few more perenials to this bed but I want to make sure to leave room for lots of colourful annuals.
Another area of disaster on the property was alongside our fence and a public pathway. It was filled with humongous hostas and overgrown half dead roses. Getting in there to clean it out was a challenge. Those roses have huge nasty thorns that I kept getting caught on me no matter how careful I was! Here are some before and after pictures.
We also found some some ‘ahem’ questionable items in the mess as well! Yikes! They kept showing up and we kept throwing them away. After awhile the culprits stopped throwing their ‘stash’ under the hosta’s when they finally realized that the property was being taken care of again. We do live in a good neighbourhood I promise!
Hope you enjoyed my mini garden tour today.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!