HOUSE: Newburgh

Front garden.


When we bought our house in March 2006, the front garden was a tiny patch of dying grass, dirt, and rocks. Now we have a mass of carpet roses, lavender, dusty miller, creeping thyme, creeping jenny, phlox, purple-leaf sand cherry, boxwood, petunias, sweet potato vines, vinca, lady’s mantle, and, and, and…!

I never knew just how much I love being outside. My past experimentations with plants have been less than fruitful, so it’s quite gratifying to see that even the blackest of thumbs can learn a thing or two. There are still some patches I need to fill in (it’s tricky to find plants that can survive full sun all day long), but it’s definitely getting there. I can’t wait to see how it will look in a few years when the boxwood has grown and spread!

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  • Reply Andrea July 3, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Yea! It’s so good to see you back. I’m also happy to see Bruno’s little furry face in one of the earlier posts. The garden is beautiful.

  • Reply Elaine July 5, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Glad to see you back. Your little garden is beautiful. How large do boxwoods get? I’d hate to see them block the other pretty flowers. That lavendar and flower boxes are gorgeous.

  • Reply Elaine July 5, 2007 at 7:57 pm

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  • Reply Anna at D16 July 6, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Hi Elaine, I’m pretty sure that’s dwarf boxwood we planted (I can’t find the tag, argh!), so it will fill out in width but shouldn’t get too tall…if it does get leggy, it’s a small enough amount that we can easily keep it pruned low and bushy. Also, you can’t really tell in the pictures, but the garden is a bit lower in front than in back.

  • Reply Kristina July 7, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Oh that looks lovely, Anna! Nice to see posts from you. 🙂

  • Reply nicole August 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    this is absolutely, positively just the right inspiration i need right now. for two people prepping to do a roof garden and green roof next year, we know so little about plants and gardening. it’s nice to know even the challenged gardener can be a success. it’s also so nice to see something so pretty in the front of a house instead of the usual patch of pointless grass.

  • Reply alis May 23, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Hi Anna, do you know the name of the plant in the blue pot, the one with large, dark purple leaves? It’s in the second from last picture. I bought one last week but oddly it was sold as “bush”, if I knew it’s name I could care for it better.

    • Anna @ D16 May 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

      That’s sweet potato vine — definitely NOT a “bush.” I plant it in the pots on my porch every summer in both purple and chartreuse.

  • Reply alis May 26, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Thank you, thank you! I looked it up and love it even more now!

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