Say NO to Grass!
The place you call home says so much about you! The lawns or gardens, the colors you choose, the chair on the stoop, everything says something! When I walk through my neighborhood, I like to stop by people's gardens and admire the work and the display they have put on for me to see and enjoy. Now I know they didn't do it just for me, but I like to think they wanted to share the beauty or they would not have put it out for display.
Front Yard Gardens by Liz Primeau, is what prompted me to till the front garden at my house and turn it into a mix of perennial and annual plants. My husband was happy because there was less grass for him to mow and less weeding that required his help. Weeding the flower beds fell into my jurisdiction. For him it was a win-win situation and it was for me too! You see I love gardening and I can never get enough plants.
This book was helpful to me because as a Canadian Gardener, we sometimes (like this year) suffer some real difficult weather patterns. Winter is cold and summer can be pretty hot sometimes. I needed information that was relevant to my gardening zone and climate. I also needed information on turning what was a patch of grass, into something that would "WOW" myself and anyone else who happened to stop by!
As the Title of the Book would have you believe, it is all about making your front garden a showpiece in your neighborhood! It goes through all the steps required to make what was grass, a thriving flower bed of mixed beauty, color and fragrances.
I live on a very quiet street, but we have a school very close by! Every morning there are children passing by and they all stop to admire whatever happens to be growing and blooming on any particular day. On one particular day, the kindergarten teacher had the children out for a nature walk. All of the children who knew my garden asked the teacher to take them by my house. I was in the garden when they came by. The teacher could not believe her eyes. The kids (the ones I knew from our morning walkabouts) smiled. The teacher then said to me, The kids have been talking about your garden since the first blooms appeared in the spring. I didn't believe them when they told me how beautiful it was.
Well, I must tell you all, that morning had me puffed up with pride and kept me smiling for a long time. I have gotten to know most of my neighbors, because they all stop and admire the garden. We chat about the children, the neighborhood and the garden. If asked I freely give advice and sample plants even. This gardener loves to share!
The comments and the joy that the flowers give me, keep me going until the fall and then it disappears again for a few months. Once the snow is melted, the children will come again and stop to see what's growing in GrammieO's garden.
More than ever, front yards are becoming the new flower gardens, to be enjoyed by all.
Hundreds of ideas that can be adapted to wherever you garden.
Turning the front yard into a garden does not require that all of the garden be grown, you can do other things there as well. Try this Idea Book, I'm sure it will spur you on!
Lovely examples of what you can plant!
Making a great front garden requires hardscaping and landscaping.
A beautiful transformation from grass to garden and a lovely walkway.....
Some of the prep work for reclaiming grass to garden.