For Your Reference: Fine Gardening

There is a lot of shelter and garden eye candy out there, this much we know. But if you ask me, Fine Gardening has got the lock on gardening for all levels be it gumshoe or advanced.  Their tips are concise and actually helpful, probably because they are written by real gardeners living in the regions they write about planting in. The writer that is advising us on the top ten shade plants for the Southeast actually lives in the Southeast.

I was recently drawn to this article in Fine Gardening about front yards and first impressions and specifically to the brief section on designing for Arts & Crafts style homes.  The edging caught my eye because its simple, tumbled bluestone and the beds aren’t raised or mounded.

the estate of things chooses arts&crafts front yard

the estate of things chooses bluestone edging

Why this particular article, well because Dan and I realized that after we spent a significant pile of cash on the stone planting wall in the front of the house, we felt ourselves pulling out of the driveway slowly feeling like the front left something to be desired. I guess we thought that the wall was going to give us this instant perfection and that we were going to be the stars of the neighborhood.  Truth be told, the front yard isn’t done but it’s done for this season because we are committed to working the backyard before winter and we need our fire pit ASAP.

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404 front bed

the estate of things chooses weeping bald cypress bungalow 404

After standing in my front yard and staring, I realized that the beds coupled with the old concrete paths band together to become linear overkill, everything is straight and squared off.  The beds don’t have any natural curve and yes there are other obvious problems as well like the plants are young, the concrete walkways are old and non-descript and the squares of grass are boring and really unneeded and I need a window box underneath the left bank of windows.  But…as I said before, backyard takes precedent.

It does make me feel better when I remind myself of what we started with, gnarly, old and abused boxwoods and weeds.

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404 before renovation

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