Landscape Makeover for a Hilly Front Yard
Before: In a neighborhood of pretty front yards, this one stands out and not in a good way. Besides a lot of weeds, there are other issues: The front deck and foundation are too prominent, and the existing shrubs do little to set off the house.
After: The foundation and deck have disappeared, thanks to a coat of paint and a collection of shrubs and trees. Two 'Emerald Green' arborvitae frame the doorway, and a hornbeam provides a vertical accent. A new planter box and summersweet, a shrub that blooms in summer, help add color to the front yard.
After: A partial retaining wall and a large planting bed cut down on the amount of lawn that needs to be mowed. A 'Fireglow' Japanese maple serves as a focal point; this 12- to 15-foot specimen has thinner-than-usual leaves, and sunlight shining through the canopy makes the leaves appear to glow.