The front yard
Our house sits on a street in a nice suburban development, almost ten years
old now. Just about every house on the block has some kind of professional
landscaping, and all owners clearly take pride in their front lawns. Well -
make that all but one. Our lawn isn't the prettiest - it always has the most
dandelions (and other weeds), and is never cut on that trendy diagonal pattern.
But it does have a lot of trees! Our home came with two street trees: a
red maple and a honey locust. We soon added a Kwanzan cherry and a clump
birch - so that we have four larger trees in the front yard. Then there's
several smaller ones - star magnolia and red-flowering dogwood tree bloom in
early spring, followed by Washington hawthorn in late spring and Franklin
tree in summer.
The street trees have low-growing perennials and bulbs planted in the circles at
their feet. There is also a planting area around the mailbox. All other perennials
in the front of the house we count in the driveway bed, rock garden, front
perennial border or lane garden areas.
A partial list of the plants growing in our front yard
March 15, 2014