Who doesn’t love a good before and after? Our landscape project has just wrapped up and I’m ready to share.
Last spring, the paint was barely dry and the last box unpacked at the Nest before we realized we had a problem: the Nest’s landscaping was definitely sub-par. After months of construction, our haphazard efforts to fluff the existing landscaping were dismal – and the pine straw just wasn’t cutting it.
Fast forward a few blurry months and we finally got to work after Christmas and with the help of a couple key experts, we now have a front and back garden to be proud of (thank you, dear Angi Evert for your limitless knowledge of plant materials and thank you, Jeff King for your detailed work and creativity in the field).
Take a look at the before’s. They are pretty bad. (And excuse my iPhone photography):
We spent hours pouring over countless inspiration photos:
All it takes is a couple of 18-wheelers to deliver hundreds of plants and a 5:30 a.m. delivery of sod, sod and more sod…and voila!
We kept it all pretty simple: lots of nice grass and some carefully chosen plants. I happen to love many shrubs that like Georgia’s climate so we included azaleas, hydrangeas, camellias and gardenias. And because I adore white and green together, anything that flowers is white – with a gorgeous touch of pink here and there.
We planted just as the azaleas were finishing their blooming season and we’re just about to get a onslaught of hydrangeas and gardenias.
We framed the front door with two new pots, boxwoods and impatiens. The smaller pots have my herbs: rosemary, thyme, basil and cilantro.
Meanwhile, in the back yard, all kinds of new things happened. We loved the idea of a real fire pit, so we mapped out a spot:
There’s still much to do at the Nest but we’re in good shape with this new landscaping in place – and we’re looking forward to some nice summer evenings enjoying our “afters”.