Side Yard Makeover: Creating Curb Appeal

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Our side yard is a space that I've been working on for the last couple of years. It seems like each spring I tackle it again & again, making more progress year after year. A few weeks ago, I decided to finally put in the work (and the money) needed, to make it the side yard of my dreams! I'm so happy with how it turned out. Details in link below!
Here is a look at the side yard just a couple years ago. It was more of an eyesore than anything else and definitely lacked curb appeal.
Here is a look at where I started this year.
And here is a look at our side yard today. Quite the improvement, right?! In addition to the landscaping, we also added shutters and a window box to the window to add even more curb appeal.
The first thing I did was pull all the weeds & prepared the area for landscaping. Once the weeds were removed, I could finally see my hostas that I had planted just a couple years back.
To prevent further problems with weeds, I put down a weed control fabric & covered the area with mulch. Then I went to Lowe's and purchased some stone edgers to put the finishing touches on the landscaping.
The hostas have grown & matured so much in a matter of weeks. They really do well on this side of our home because it is shaded for the biggest part of the day.
In addition to the hostas, I usually plant impatiens as well. Like the hostas, they also thrive in the shade. I love the color they bring to the side of the house.
Here is a one last look at the space as a whole. I'm so happy with how it turned out and I'm looking forward to watching the plants fill out & mature even more in the coming weeks!

Tonya Diehl
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  • Joan Joan on Jun 24, 2020

    That's beautiful!

  • Kathy Kathy on May 28, 2021

    The flowers you put in front of your Hostas are Vinca, not begonias. I have them in all my front yard flower beds. They like sun, I hope they get some st your house, or they won't flower as much. I like your re do.

  • Pamela Pamela on May 28, 2021

    I love the look it's amazing I wantedto do something similar except I have no shade on either side of my home, what plants can I use that will tolerate full sun all day?

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  • Cindy Cindy on May 29, 2021

    Great job, looks beautiful!

  • Dawn Santagata Dawn Santagata on Jun 22, 2021

    Unless I missed something, what about the gate? Where did it come from and what is it attached to? Did you move your whole backyard fence or just put in a gate as a disguise?

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