People. Are we all suffering from Spring fever?
I know I AM, + in fact, just a few days ago,
I went online shopping for something to hang on our front door.
OMiGosh, though. It’s still only February,
+ yet, I am beyond ready to get outside + plant something!
It’s past time for us to ramp up our houses’s curb appeal!
Right now it’s so plain Jane + incomplete,
+ I fear that the neighbors are grumbling,
“When will they ever finish that house?”
It may be a bit of a blank slate right now,
but here’s how the front of our house looked on the realtor listing:
I think we can all agree that those overgrown shrubs had to go,
as did the errant enclosed front porch:
But I just can’t come up with a design! The humanity!
I swear, it’s got to be that off-center porch that’s throwing me off.
How on earth am I going to be able to tie each side together?
Then this happened.
A beautiful front yard of a house with a porch on one side:
Thank goodness for Pinterest, is all I can say.
I don’t know how we would have managed our re-do without it.
So. What makes my new favorite front yard so swoon-worthy?
Let’s break it down:
First up, they’ve added a bit of symmetry
by flanking the front steps with a pair*of my absolute faves,
lollipop shrubs (as they say in the UK), a.k.a. topiaries*.
*Pairs = good. *Topiaries = good
Notice how they’ve tied everything together
by repeating the same plants from one side to the other.
And who doesn’t love that sweeping curve* of the edges of the beds?
*Curves = good.
+ + + + +
Now, then. All I have to do is decide what plants to buy,
get that porch all tricked out,
see about installing a brick sidewalk,
+ maybe get 3 window boxes for our bay!