[Kirkwood Flip Update #6]
What a difference a little landscaping makes!
Okay, maybe this was more than a little, but not as much as our inspiration landscape that included a ton of small boxwood hedges.
This time we went out on a limb and got a bonified plan called appropriately the…
Details of THE LANDSCAPE PLAN include:
2 Redbud Trees (2 inch caliper) flanking the 12 inch concrete paver landing at the street
4 Compacta hollies (3 gallon) one is pictured below, one each side of the sidewalk
9 Anise (3 gallon) as foundation plantings
3 Knockout Roses (3 gallon) in front of the anise
3 Dwarf Hamlin Grass (3 gallon)
Perennials (1 gallon): 5 Coreopsis, 5 black-eyed Susans, 3 pink phlox, and 5 veronica
2 flats of vinca
Here’s how the Kirkwood Flip looked when we first saw it back in early March. Among it’s many features were the two matching metal awnings that kept out the hot sun—it was un-air-conditioned so I guess there was a reason to have them. Also it sported greatly overgrown front azaleas, camellias and various and sundry unfortunate bushes. Nary a blade of real grass was to be found—just weeds and hard as rock Georgia Red Clay.
Things improved when we closed at the end of March when the azaleas bloomed. The weeds greened up but didn’t cover the “hell strip” out by the street. It needed to be addressed in a big way. Notice the dead tree looming over the back yard. You can see it above the roof to the right. Cha-CHING. Unbudgeted surprise. The mailbox was always one of my “before” favs.
Here we are after a nice thick layer of paint on the brick exterior, and LANDSCAPING! There’s a new mailbox, too.
Below is a compacta holly with vinca.
Foundation plants here are compacta holly, anise, existing camellia, phlox, black-eyes susan and the original camellia anchoring the corner.
This side of the house has anise, dwarf hamlin grass, veronica, knockout roses, and coreopsis.
It’s so PRETTY! I’m very excited about the progress we’ve made—but not too excited about the blazing heat wave we’re having in Atlanta. It was 106 yesterday—an all time high temp. I’m trying to water enough, but I’m worried.
The landscaper suggested we add another small tree to the left near the house by the driveway. What do you think?
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