Home Improvement - Building Our Home - Landscape Before And After

This is our home we designed and helped build in 2006. It is nestled in a development where there is lots of open prairie and lovely valley vistas. We had a vision for a beautifully landscaped yard with lots of pretty flowers and a pretty green lawn. However, realizing our vision became a challenge because of the soil - lots of clay - and multiple limestone rocks that had to be excavated before we could even think of growing anything. I hope you enjoy the tour. We've planted lots of hard wood trees - paper birch, river birch, sugar maple, cherry, ash, white pine, blue spruce and dogwood. We've also added many varieties of flowers - lilac, cone flowers, lilies, daffodils, peonies, lavender, hostas spirea, dahlias. It's been a lot of work and a lot of fun. We've come a long way! We will be adding water features to both the front and back yard. Stay tuned for after pictures of the backyard.
After: This is a view of the front of the house and yard today.
Before: This is a view of the front of the house from the curb after it was first built.
Before: This is a view of the back of the house after it was first built.
After: This is the back of the house with another landscape project in the works which will include a waterfall.
After: Front of the house in side view.
After: Welcome to our front porch.
After: Welcome to our front porch. This was once a mud hole filled with slimy red clay. It is now bricked in with a herringbone pattern.
After: Side view of the garage today with beautiful hostas.
After: This is the butterfly garden in the front yard.
After: Another view of the butterfly garden in the front yard.
After: Bulb garden in the front yard where I have a three season planting.
After: I love my bearded irises.
After: We have many birds that stop in for a drink and a bath here in the bulb garden.
After: The peonies just exploded this year.

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  • Ene19230 Ene19230 on Jul 26, 2014
    Katie, we can hardly wait for all of our trees to mature! Thank you for your kind comments.

  • Karen Deer Karen Deer on Apr 27, 2020

    Wonderful job! Can you plz tell me what colors you used for your house and shutters? Beautiful!! ☺️

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