Things are blooming on Trout Island Road! Chad and I FINALLY finished hauling (actual) tons of rock, and planted over 30 bushes to get our landscaping ready for the year. We did everything ourselves, with the help of my amazing in-laws. The past couple weeks of Spring have been beautiful here, and everything is getting lush and bright. This is our first Spring in the new home, and I was anxious to see what colors and textures would pop up. To my surprise, PINK bushes right near our front door just bloomed. I am thrilled! Here is a breakdown of how we made our curb appeal possible:
Landscaping Rock: We purchased our landscaping rock at Susi Builder Supply in Hermitage, PA. They are great to work with! We decided to use rock instead of mulch due to the yearly maintenance of mulch, and our shaded house climate. We ended up needing 24 tons of rock (holy smokes I know!) due to our large beds. The type of rock we decided on is a medium Gray Trap. This type has a nice mix of sand tones with pops of gray. I wanted the rock to blend in with our light washed brick, rather than be a bright contrasting color. Susi delivered the rock right to our driveway, and we did the rest!
Planting: We purchased all of our plants from Kraynak’s Garden Center. The gentleman working the garden center was SO helpful because we honestly had no idea what we wanted. The beds were a bit overgrown and some bushes and shrubs had to be pulled, so some areas we started from scratch. With our shaded climate, we needed bushes that would grow well in partial to full shade. We decided on a beautiful dogwood tree to cover our gas meeter, and a mixture of holly and boxwoods to frame the beds.
Lighting: We installed new coach lights last fall, however they are finally on timers (which I highly recommend!). Our lights are from the “Springbrook” collection, and were very affordable! I decided on chocolate brown for the finish, to pop against the light brick. Eventually, we plan on adding rich brown wood accents to the front facade, so I am planning ahead with these lights!
Wreath: My Spring wreath is from Michael’s Craft Store. I always take advantage of their wreath sales! Typically, I will purchase a ready made wreath from the wall, and have a custom bow added. I rotate wreaths seasonally, so stay tuned for Summer :)
I will dive into the rest of my front porch accessories in a future post!
We are so pleased with our curb appeal this Spring, and can’t wait to enjoy the season! We all know Rocky is enjoying it :)