■ Dress up the front facade.
This gardener wasn’t excited about
her home’s stucco exterior, so she
added color and simple accessories
to update the look. Shutters and a
window box filled with petunias,
ivy, and geraniums brighten the
home’s once-dreary front, while
hanging baskets and planters perk
up the porch.
■ Create privacy. Just because
a front-yard garden faces the street
doesn’t mean it has to be completely
on display. This gardener added a
white picket fence behind terraced
plantings near the sidewalk to form
public and private areas. Passersby
can enjoy the changing view of
shrubs, roses, and ‘Autumn Joy’
sedum planted streetside.
■ Welcome guests with sweet
scents. The garden offers a visual
feast for the eyes, but it also tickles
the nose with sweet-smelling beauties, such as ‘Raspberry Sundae’
peonies, grape hyacinths, irises, and
roses. ‘Bewitched’ and ‘Tropicana’
hybrid tea roses greet guests at the
front steps with huge blooms, while
fragrant ‘Don Juan’ roses scramble
up the arbor.
11 better homes and gardens | creative spaces
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