spring landscaping update

Spring Landscaping

It’s that time again! Time for me to plant some stuff in the yard. Last summer, I planted verbena along the entire edge of the bed but I didn’t like how it looked by the end of the summer. During the fall/winter months, I alternated mums and kale, with a row of pansies in front of the rose bushes. It looked really pretty until the kale got really tall and alien-y looking after the weather heated up. I pulled it all up last weekend but left the mums. They are big and green now, but I think I’ll just trim them down this summer, and let them bloom again in the fall. Meanwhile, our rose bushes have been out of control! Look at all those roses!

Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV

Our mulch from last spring was sunbleached, so Aaron put a new layer down last weekend. We chose cedar mulch because it’s supposed to repel ants, termites and the dreaded cockroaches that we were over run with last summer. Those big, black cockroaches, or waterbugs, eat wood, so they are attracted to mulch, and last year…we had a lot of cockroaches. So fingers crossed that the cedar keeps them at bay!

Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV

The only new planting I’ve done this spring is HERBS! I tried growing them in pots last year but the plants outgrew the pots pretty quickly, so I thought I’d try planting them directly into the beds this year. I planted the herbs I use most – mint (for cocktails), basil, rosemary and cilantro. Anyone have any tips on whether herbs grow better in pots or beds? Just curious!

Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV

So this year, I need to:

1. Trim the mums down to a smaller size.

2. Find a small, colorful annual to plant between them.

3. Finally get around to planting SOMETHING on either side of the rose bushes, because there’s currently just empty space.

And that’s my plan for this year. The beds still feel a little bare, but considering that just a year ago, we didn’t even have landscaping out front, I’m staying positive. Hopefully by next spring, it will be totally filled in and lovely! Here’s a look back:

When we bought the house:

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When we built the landscaping last spring:

Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV

Now:

Spring Landscaping | Rosemary on the TV

Any ideas on what I should plant are welcome!
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4 Responses to “spring landscaping update”


  1. 1 Natalie May 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Tip for mint: plant the herbs in a large pit and put the pit in the ground. The roots spread like crazy otherwise!! I learned this via HGTV, and the hard way.

  2. 2 Natalie May 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    *pot. Darn autocorrect

  3. 3 jamie May 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Tip for your Basil, grows great in the ground if you prune it! It will get nice and bushy if you always clip from the top!
    http://mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com/2008/07/basil-pruning-tutorial-really.html

  4. 4 Katie Hahn May 22, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Worm castings. My herbs grew like crazy last year. I’ll never plant without them!


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