before & after: front shrub bed
Here’s the long front shrub bed in front of our house when we moved in. Nothing really going on with it except some liriope and mulch. Thankfully, there weren’t any ugly things to remove (I know removing shrubs with deep roots is quite a task), so it was a blank canvas!
So, what better to plant than pretty flowering bushes? I especially like landscaping that serves a double purpose, like flowers you can cut and bring inside or herbs that are pretty but also useful. I’ve been wanting to plant rose bushes here for a couple months now but with the well and all the other things we’ve had come up, I’ve been patient :).
We went to Home Depot and Lowe’s this afternoon finally to look for some plants. It happens to be our 3-month-iversary, so it was neat timing because Phil got me some flowers that will keep on giving! We found great deals–we got a blueberry bush at Home Depot for $7 that looked really healthy (score!), and then at Lowe’s we got 2 red long-stemmed rose bushes for $8.50 each (50% off!), a pink camellia bush for $10, and a gardenia for $6. We could have spent a lot more had we bought all these a month ago, so it was really great that we waited. Here’s the updated shrub bed:
Ignore the ugly orange well permit sign on our door. They are pretty small now but in a couple of years they will all grow up to be beautiful. On the far left, the spindly little stick bush is the blueberry plant, then a rose, then the camellia, then another rose, then the gardenia. Turns out I got about two dozen red roses for our 3-month mark :), and many more to come.