Sprucing up the yard

Getting the evergreens in position
Getting the evergreens in position

My parents came up for a few days to assist some landscaping design for the spring.  Coincidentally the local Gardener’s Supply had a 50-70% off sale and we decided to get waaaaaay ahead of spring.  However, spring may have gotten a lot busier, but we now have some centerpiece plants to plan around.  Both Jess and I are super happy with how things are turning out already!

This post will serve to help us remember what we now have.  Before I list that out allow me to explain that we started with pieces that will (mostly) be cool over all four seasons.  This is why we invested so heavily in pines, spruces, and dogwoods.  We also went for the more unique varieties that weep or are serpentine.

Aside from things that were already growing in the yard here’s what we’ve added in the past year:

Front Yard

  • Weeping White Pine Tree (roughly 20 years old) is the centerpiece to the front yard
  • Lily Pond White Pine Bush (roughly 20 years old)
  • Garden Glow Dogwood (roughly 3 years old)
  • Weeping Snow Fountain Cherry Tree (roughly 4 years old)
  • Empire Apple Tree
  • Zestar Apple Tree
  • McIntosh Apple Tree (roughly 5 years old)
  • Various Spirea (8 of those)
  • Glow Girl Spirea (2 of those)
  • Golden Spirit Smoke Bush (2 of those)
  • Cherry Tree
  • Peach Tree
  • And around 50 bulbs
Getting the larger weeping spruce into the ground
Getting the larger weeping spruce into the ground

Back Yard

  • Skylands Spruce (roughly 3 years old) – a yellow spruce tree
  • Norway Spruce Frohburg (roughly 20 years old) – creeps along the ground
  • Weeping Norway Spruce (roughly 15 years old)
  • Weeping Norway Spruce (roughly 25 years old)
  • Incrediball Hydrangea – also known as Annabelle
  • Blushing Bride Hydrangea (2 of those)
  • Alice 2G Hydrangea (also known as Oakleaf)
  • Blue Shadow Fothergilla
  • Discolor Pussy Willow (3 of those)
Freshly planted front yard. Needs mulch for the winter and then ground cover plants in the spring.
Freshly planted front yard. Needs mulch for the winter and then ground cover plants in the spring.