I wish I could show you what this front yard (above) looks like in my head. It doesn’t have a lopsided spruce tree which is jammed in between my and my neighbour’s houses, I can tell ya that much right now. It also doesn’t have such a big blanket of smooth, green, boring grass. Rather, it is bordered by fruit-producing trees and shrubs, as well as many drought-tolerant grasses and flowering perennials.
When I moved into this house in late September 2016, we made a start by digging up a bit of grass and filling the area with a Coppertina ninebark, some helenium, daylilies, grasses and a few other red-, yellow-, and orange-flowered perennials.
It will have an analogous colour scheme of red-orange, orange, and orange-yellow:
And here’s what this garden looks like right now:
but in 2 more years I want it to look much more like this, my old front garden in Calgary, with lots of shrubs and perennials filling it in and NO TURF GRASS:
I believe I have some work to do!!