Exteriors and Landscaping


It’s finally spring and people are flocking to greenhouses and garden centers. This season, we’re no exception. Having purchased a foreclosed home, I’m sure you can imagine the outdoor situation we bought into. Everything was completely overgrown; just picture the craziest jungle- plus some trash. Yeah… that was pretty much our yard. Last fall we ripped out every last tree, plant, and weed, leaving a completely blank canvas (boring- yes, but the idea of a clean slate brought so many ideas to mind).

My initial thought, “The weather’s nice; let’s do this!” My plan was to buy everything we needed for landscaping and finish it in a weekend. After all- the demo work was done. How hard could it be to plant stuff? HAH! I was seriously misinformed. First of all, I realized I know nothing about landscaping. I went to our local nursery and was lost, to say the least. Secondly, who knew that dirt, plants, trees, and flowers are so expensive? Basically I’m in over my head, so I decided to peruse the internet for inspiration and ideas before making the commitment.

I’ve been looking for landscaping that compliments the exterior of the home. Here’s a few images that are definitely worth sharing. Keep in mind my future landscaping (and the exterior of my home, for that matter) will not be nearly as wonderful as the following; but it’s nice to dream:






I’ve decided I really like hedges, topiaries, and structured greenery, but I also like the look of mixing those elements with more organic shaped plants, like flowers (or gold flamingos). We have a long way to go before deciding on plants, as we just started building beds and bringing in dirt. In the meantime, my green thumb is tending lots of new houseplants (including the ever popular fiddle leaf fig)! I’m working on a post about my favorites as we speak.

What are your favorite “go-to” plants for landscaping? I need something that looks nice, but is easy to take care of. Suggestions always appreciated!

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  1. Hey Sarah, to give you an idea of what stuff costs check out my Facebook album — “Landscaping”… I know that’s not what you’re interested in doing but it’ll give you an idea of how much stuff costs. We paid (I use those words in the way distant past… in my former life) $3,600 for landscaping around the entire (small) house. That was even discounted for labor as we helped with part of the project!

    1. Thanks, Karen! That is really helpful!

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