Front in 2009:
Front in 2012 (yep, we swapped the barberry and euonymus):
Sunjoy Gold Pillars in 2009:
Sunjoy Gold Pillars today:
Roses we planted last summer:
The first rose of the season - so beautiful!
Hostas in 2009:
We had quite an issue with these Endless Summer hydrangeas...the right one didn't like being in the sun back in 2009:
So we moved it back against the neighbor's garage last summer:
And now the one we moved is totally doing better. Seriously? I think they just like to mess with me.
I was so excited to get a Dappled Willow when we first started planting, here it is looking like a peanut in 2009:
And here is the monster now!
I have no idea what happened to the Sedum next to the wine barrel planter...it looked great last summer:
And now, it's all puny compared to the others, when they were all planted at the same time. What the heck?
When I planted this Knockout Rose in 2010, I had a feeling it would take over the Salvia in no time....
That is absolutely what happened, but the roses are so pretty, I don't really care. Plus, Salvia stinks like cat pee. Is that just me?
This ugly Buckthorn was an impulse buy in 2009. It has slowly died back over the last few years, and this summer we finally kissed it goodbye. Thank goodness.
In it's place, we planted a 'Golden Spirit' Smoke Bush. I've always wanted one of these, and the foliage is gorgeous! I plan to plant some contrasting annuals around the edge of the planting area until it fills this space out - it can grow up to 8 feet wide.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is my neighbor's perennial garden next to our patio. But I'm sort of terrified of the poppies....they look very 'Feed Me Seymour!'
I got to see one shed it's shell today. Creepy.
Another perennial I am always excited to see is my prized large leaf hosta...everyone wants it, but it's mine. All mine.
While the Annabelle hydrangea we moved last summer hasn't gotten much bigger, it is looking really healthy and I think it's going to thrive in the new location. This was taken right after the move:
Now we just need to do something about that awful flexible downspout. And all the other random junk laying around our yard. Hopefully I can get it all done before baby appears. Wait, never mind....that is what my husband is for! PS - this hose is awesome:
We got it at Menards for $35 and it's worth every penny, it winds and unwinds smoothly and really doesn't kink! Plus it color-coordinates with many of our shrubs. That is important, you know.