Friday, April 17, 2009

Curb Appeal is Calling!

Thank goodness it's Friday, because I'm so excited about a curb appeal improvement project that Christian and I have planned this weekend.

We're going to dig up the original pair of ugh-ly Picea Glaucas -- or dwarf evergreen conifers -- that sit on either side of the sidewalk leading up to our front porch.

They look like these:

I'll take a "before" picture this weekend, so until then, you'll have to trust me when I say, it's bad. In my opinion, these shrubs really detract from our home's exterior.

Last week I took a trip to a few nearby nurseries to do a little research on appropriate shrubs for a townhouse and also to see what would catch my eye.

So far, these are my top choices for replacement evergreen shrubs:

Holly Compacta
Moderate growth rate, 3-4' tall, max (though we won't let them get that tall), low maintenance

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Wintergreen Boxwood

Moderate growth rate, 3-4' tall (max), dense, hardy

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Not only do we have to replace the grisly Glaucas, but we also need to plant some shrubs in front of our freshly painted bay window.

Right now, Silver King or Queen Euonymus (sounds like ooo-oh-nih-muss) is a front-runner because it will add texture and a bit of color variation to our evergreen landscape.

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Once we have the "anchor" shrubs worked, then we can move on to the front yard's "accessories" -- flowers! But that will likely have to wait until the middle of May when we're past the potentially frosty nights and mornings.

What do you have planned this weekend? Any one else working on a curb appeal project? Do tell!

1 comment:

Katie @ said...

Eww. I can imagine how those dwarfs really distract from your house. What a great update to kick of the season! I'm an American in Berlin. I never thought I'd crave a bit of my own grass so much! Heck even a dwarf. Well maybe.