In a neighborhood of lovely homes and even lovelier yards, this one looks truly desperate. The "lawn" is composed of weeds and straw, and there's no landscaping to help set off and frame the house.
After: Dressed Up
On the left, the garage wall is no longer a big mass of brick that dominates the landscape. In the center, new shutters set off the house, and beautiful shrubs dress up the entrance. There's also a new sitting area; gone are the dated light fixtures, and the short columns have new caps.
'Annabelle' hydrangeas serve as transition plants between the taller arborvitae behind and smaller heucheras in front. 'Annabelle' blooms from early summer to fall.
A high-contrast container garden draws the eye to the front door and mirrors a similar one in the landscape.
Before: Unwelcoming Entry
The front porch isn't too welcoming: There's nowhere to sit, and the concrete is a patchwork of different colors.
After: Inviting Front Porch
The welcoming front porch has a comfortable sitting area. An eco-friendly concrete stain unifies the space.