First how long are you planning to stay? I am assuming that is the front of the house so there are so many beautiful plants you can put in pots for color. Without spending a lot of money go to HomeDepot for broken bags of mulch or rock and in between the planted pots put that in.Then if you have space add sheppard hooks with hanging plants maybe a bench and some garden decor.
We will be here a long time. It is lovely inside. I am in a wheelchair and it has been made handicapped accessible.
The yard work will be done. I will enjoy the screened porch but want a welcoming exterior.
Sorry to hear that. I wish I could come and help but unfortunately Im in NY. Maybe you can reach out to your local penny saver to see if anyone is willing to help you. I will certainly be glad to guide them with plants along the way. I myself am not well however I ran a garden center for many years and have in the past worked with plants for a long time.Please feel free to send messages or questions.
I would go with potted plants and set them on this or that in some locations to get varied heights for interest and maybe add a bright colored something (maybe even somebody elses trash item) spray painted. Then you can move them around when you want to.
Flowering shrubs. Pick a color. Yellow and purple flowers. Pink and white.
Are you in south Florida or north where freeze can occur?
I should have included location. We are in Albermarle, NC. It is about an hour east of Charlotte. My husband will help with the projects that I dream up. I do not want to create barriers for the mowers but want to make the front appealing.
My husband will help when the plan is created.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I will have to give it all some consideration when we are ready to tackle that issue. I may have to start with a fall spray on the screen door.
white crushed rock to fill in the entire area around the bushes, paint the door and the trim around the windows a nice bright color and you can use some colored concrete stain on the walk way, add a few brightly colored flowers about the bushes, beautiful!
I love your ideas, just can't do those things.
I can't tell from your picture, does that landing connect to the driveway?
Here is a more direct photo. The landing is short and does not go to the driveway.
fixing any curb appeal on a rented house is money out the door.or ur pocket. but the lawn could use some weed and feed and water, those bushes could be trimmed into a square or round shape.. and weed out the beds around the house. use an edger around sidewalks and driveways. and u could add some potted plants..something that can go with u when u move elsewhere. unless ur landlord is paying u to do that..then knock urself out. U can make the place look attractive w/o spending a bundle of money on some place not ur own..
The lawn should improve a good deal. The house has been unoccupied for some time. A professional lawn service is being hired to care for the lawn. The landlord is taking care that responsibility. I am trying to focus on what can be done on the steps and screen door.
My suggestion is to flank the door with potted plant arrangements. Then one pot on the right side ground level just to the side of the round bush. Find some cute statuary like a kitten or squirrel with smaller potted blooms or large and smaller solar coach lanterns, whatever suits your taste and put on 2nd brick step down. You can change it for the seasons Get some natural grape vine garland and drape the whole top of the screen porch then interweave whatever you like or leave bare even. I would probably try and grow a clematis or wisteria on it myself. I would also install a pair of shutters to the small gable window and add a window box. If you can dyi it'll only cost a few dollars but will make a huge impact. I would not hang a wreath or anything on the upper part of the screen door. I'd think about a basket with the address on it for mail, even a welcome like my photo. Just make sure and hang it from the middle and hang on the lower section.
can u possibility paint the trim around the screen with the promise to landlord that u will paint it back to white before u move out.? when u open the screen door does it open across the porch..like out? the little stoop doesnt have room for much.
the house u have moved into is so cute i like the ideas Denise stated. for the stairs. trimming back the foliage around the house..is this the front entrance? does this porch face the road? annual flowers and hanging baskets..what ideas are U wanting to do?
Removing the overgrown shrubs would be a start. Add two hollies in their place ( have to get the right species) and some smaller plants like nandenias and pots of flowers.
@Sharon I like that idea. The shrubs just seem to overpower everything and are out of balance with the rest of the landscaping.
Cheap idea, but I would add a colorful weather vein on that roof peak. Also, you could make some stepping stones and stain those the same color or matching as weather vein to your driveway. Just a couple of low cost ideas for ya, hope you find them helpful.
I usually design in zone 7b, so some of my selections might be unreliable, but I took the liberty of taking your photo and doing a picture design. Basically the bushes in front are too big for the house and the landscaping beds. I think a walkway would be beneficial for both aesthetics and practical using some material that will match the brick on the wall, I added in some low retaining walls to define the beds. Also an important feature is to add an evergreen corner shrub on both sides, with consistant plant material on both sides. If you want the plant list I used, you can email me. :)
Here is the revised plants based on 7b. I have included a plant list on the picture.
You should think about incorporating hardscaping, pavingstones and wallstones by Cambridge with Armortec to this area to give it a new look with a lot of curb appeal. How about making your landscape a focal point with a Cambridge landscape wall. You can also add pavingstone steps and a pavingstone walkway that leads to your driveway for some added style and charm. By linking to Cambridge’s Designscape Visualizer you can upload your photograph and actually re-design using Cambridge Pavingstones and Wallstones. Visit our website at www.cambridgepavers.com
Depending on your budget, some cute flower boxes on the front where the porch is would be adorable, and also, Im thinking some shutters for the windows could introduce some interest and color. I also love using iron grilles where there are blank areas on the walls. I always like to see what opportunities there are for vertical interest :D