In a first for Desperate Landscapes, this home makeover includes the addition of a screened porch where the distressed side entrance had been. All-new landscaping surrounds the porch addition. Adding the new porch required demolishing the damaged brick stairs that previously led to the side door.
Black-leaved ligularia or Ligularia 'Brit-Marie Crawford' was named one of the top perennials for 2006. It has a glossy maroon foliage with orange daisy-like flowers. Grows about three to four feet tall and spreads about the same. Needs full sun to part shade and prefers moist soil and shade. USDA Zones 4-9
Lacebark elm as known as the Chinese elm. Horticultural guru and plantsman Michael Dirr says the lacebark elm should become the dominant shade and street tree of the 21st century because it grows rapidly and adapts easily. It's highly resistant to Dutch elm disease with green leaves turn yellow to burgundy in fall and has exfoliating bark. This tree grows 40 to 50 feet high and wide. Deer generally avoid this plant. USDA Zones 5-9
A new paint job and complete landscape overhaul make passers-by stop and stare. The crumbling stairs have been removed from the front yard and the old retaining wall has been filled in to transform the front yard into one huge planting bed. The angled plantings draw the eye up to the cute little house.