Landscaping Retained!

So, I finally convinced my husband to build a small retaining wall around our front landscaping!  Yay!  I gave you this sneak peak a few days ago:

And, here is a bigger view of it:

I can't really tell you how he did it, since I wasn't able to help on the two days he worked on it.  The basic steps were to dig out the area & add some sand to level the blocks.  Once they were all in place, he added tiny pea gravel to help with drainage & then filled it with topsoil until it was level with the rest of the ground.

Of course, once the new wall was in, we had to add some additional landscaping & mulch to spruce it up even more!

We kept the boxwoods in their place and added some type of evergreen shrubs in front of them.  We also moved our hostas around.  Then we added:

a Green Lace Leaf Japanese Maple, red Coleus, some sort of petunia, and...

some yellow Tickseed.  (I think these are deer resistant!  Wahoo!)

With the left side looking so good, I couldn't just leave the right side of our door looking sloppy, so I we again moved & added some plants.

We added some adorable, red Poppies...

and some beautiful Dianthus.

We moved our boxwoods to the back and moved both our hostas & barberry bushes into triangle shapes to create the look below:

And now here's a picture of the whole house:

{Trying to block the sun out of the picture!}

And, just in case you forgot what it looked like before:

Finally, one thing completely crossed off the Summer Project List!  How are your summer projects coming along?


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