Landscaping and Outdoor Projects

Last fall my front landing was torn off and replaced with a gorgeous landing and deck.  

To keep skunks from getting underneath, I tacked up some vinyl lattice to get me through the winter.

But I don't like the look of this at all so I'm searching for a new solution.   I also began replacing all the rotting skirting boards on the house with pressure treated plywood.

I had planned to cover the skirting with siding but then Max had his unfortunate issue with a blockage and that money quickly disappeared into the vet's pocket.  
My short-term solution will be paint matched to the colour of the siding. My front door is being replaced with something that looks like this (I hope!) 
Plus a farmhouse style screen door will top it off.  Then it's time to tackle phase 1 of the landscaping.

My new garden beds will sweep from the driveway over to the far side of the front yard with a curving edge and a path that leads to the gate in the fence you can see on the left-hand side of the house.

I have herds of deer wandering my neighbourhood.  Herds, people - not just one or two stray deer!  My front yard is north-east facing and gets some morning sun but is shady from noon to sunset (about 6 hours of sun per day).  To compensate for these two issues, I am planning to use these plants and shrubs:

Wichita Blue Juniper

Northern Lights Azalea (hoping that these are truly deer resistant!)


Karl Foerster Reed Grass

Cranesbill Geraniums

Ladies' Mantle (because I have hundreds of seedlings in my gardens)

Annual Salvia


Sweet Woodruff



and a few daylilies thrown in for good measure.

My back yard is getting an overhaul too.  This is my problem area:

This area gets sun beating on it from 3pm until sunset (around 10pm).  It is FREAKING HOT.  This is also the section of house where my bedroom is.  I want to come up with some ideas to shade the side of the house and the window and door to keep everything as cool as possible.  

I have some ideas for an easy solution but you'll have to watch for it!  Coming up soon on the blog ;)

Have a happy weekend!


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love all your ideas and plans. I think the new front door will look marvelous because the lines are rectangular like the rest of the front.

Laurel Stephens said...

Sounds like you have a lot of exciting plans ahead. Can't wait to see everything!

sweet violets said...

You are going to be one busy gal!! Love your out for some of the plants you've chosen will run rampant!!! Love the new front door!!! I like the look of the lattice, it is a good choice because it will allow for air flow under the porch so no mildew or rot will form. Can you paint it?? Happy weekend to you........hugs..

ANNE said...

Given the deer issue, rampant is a good thing around here!!! I was thinking of either spray painting the lattice or using fence boards with an inch gap in between and running horizontally. Thanks for weighing in! xox

Jenny said...

I'm very interested in your shade ideas for your back porch. My front porch is just a cement stoop that faces west. I've measured temps over 120' there on hot summer days & it just cooks anything I try to grow there.

This summer I've decided not to keep as many containers on my porch but to decorate it instead. I've added a little wooden backless bench on one side. On the opposite side is an old seatless chair that holds a pot of rose moss (it's one of the few things that seems to handle the heat). I also have a square enamel pan planted with hen & chicks who seem to do ok. This is my front door so I want it to be welcoming.

I really will love to see what you do.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Anne,
Ohhhhh love all your plans. I cannot wait to see these wonderful transformations. You go girl.
Happy Easter.

Rustic Maple Elizabeth said...

The gardens sound lovely and that will be a nice mix of flowers.Our backyard patio gets pretty much full sun most of the day and is without shade. It can get pretty warm out there in the heat of the summer too. I'm looking forward to seeing your solution.

Rustic Maple Elizabeth said...

Oh, and I did a google search for deck skirting options and I really like the horizontal or vertical fence board idea. Vertical would mimic your fence and railing while the horizontal would be a nice contrast as well. In the case of fencing would you keep it the same wood tone so as not to draw attention to it?

Jennifer said...

Somehow I missed the previous posts where you added the landing and deck. That is a really nice space you created at the front of the house! I look forward to seeing how your garden and new plants work out.
It would be nice to find a shady solution for the back of the house. There is nothing worse than baking in the sun when you are trying to relax. I am sure you'll come up with something clever. Happy Easter Anne!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Can't wait to see all this take shape Anne, it's a beautiful plan and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do to shade the sunny side of your house.

I just had a brand new underground sprinkler system installed last weekend (the old one was crap and the previous owners didn't blow it out and so there were broken pipes all over so I just decided to start fresh) and had the gigantic silver maple in my backyard trimmed and brought down in height a little bit this weekend. I also had some outdoor plug in's installed so I can have lights outside... now I'm broke! lol! But I'm looking forward to working on my yard now!


Cynthia said...

This is why I call you my Rock Star. You aren't afraid to take on projects. Can't wait to see.


Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

All those plants will look lovely BUT if I were you I would stay away from Bugleweed. I once planted it and it just takes over and runs through your grass and everywhere. I swore I would never use it again. Maybe you have used it before, it will really have to be contained. I found it very frustrating!

Audrey said...

Hi Anne ... you are so energetic ... love your plans and hope you will not find the deer feeding on some of your new plants. I love what you did with the front and am sure a new door and screen door will be so nice. I love our screen doors. Not the old wooden ones that bang shut, but screen doors anyway. Yes, I agree with you about the lattice ... maybe just some boards that will mimic the look of the ones on the house. Good luck ... I know you will achieve your plans.
Happy Easter.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Amy Ellis said...

I think that door you're considering will look gorgeous and I can't wait to see your landscaping when it's all wrapped up. Here's to making it through another winter and the blessing of warmer weather to come!!

Art and Sand said...

I can't wait to see all those flowers blooming in your garden. And, the inspiration picture for your front door is wonderful.

A Joyful Cottage said...

I love what you have planned, Anne. The flowers you've selected are beautiful. Can't wait to see it unfold. xo ~ Nancy

Kolein said...

....and a green thumb, too? Girlfriend!

Love the color of your front door. Are you going to paint the new one too, which, btw, is gorgeous?

Is Annual Salvia a perennial? I like your plant /flower choices. I'm doing some new and creative things in our backyard too. One hiccup. None of my thumbs are green. So I need things to just take on a life of their own ;-)

We removed a HUGE maple last year in our backyard. So now a large portion of my very shaded yard has become a SUN GOD. Holy Moly! Redoing the landscaping is not my forte. I'll be following along to see what you're doing in your yard to gather some hints.

I like what you told sweet violets about the horizontal fence boards. That would look really good!

So I've been "in" your house a million come I don't know what part of the house that sweet deck is attached to??

Love everything!!!

Suzanne Dickey said...

Your deck and landing are beautiful. FYI, I'd be careful of planting Bugelweed. Extremely invasive. My mothers seeded itself in her lawn and they have been unsuccessful at ridding themselves of it. Your other ideas look lovely though.

ANNE said...

Thanks Suzanne! I am well aware of the properties of bugleweed, I've been growing it for decades. I happen to like it, but this area has a notoriously short growing season also. I'm sure that makes a huge difference compared to much warmer climates! Have a great day!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I've been working on a garden project all weekend as well. I really love your garden and all the transformation you've done, especially that new landing on the front of your house.

Donnamae said...

I love the front door you've chosen...I was thinking you could psint that lattice for a more cohesive look. I'm anxious to see all that you'll be doing. We are also tackling some areas that need attention this year. I need inspiration! ;)

ANNE said...

Thank you Donnamae! I'm excited to get started :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great plans and inspiration...have you thought about a pergola or retractible shade for the back of the house?...I know about the herd of deer....I know your landscape will be wonderful once you get started....

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Love all your ideas and plans. I love the color grey on your house, we are thinking of painting it grey, but I'm having a hard time picking out the "right shade" I also like the color of your door. I think grey is a perfect color for a cottage home like ours. Your new door going to be beautiful on your lovely home!

Alexandra Prairie Charm-MyPieceofVintagePrairie said...

You have great plans! Can`t wait to see it... Alexandra

ANNE said...

Thanks Alexandra!