Curb Appeal – Gardening on the Other Side of the Walk

Gardening on the other side of the walk is a concept I heard about several years ago and it’s one of those slap me on forehead kind of ideas.

Gardening on the Other Side of the Walk

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 I was attending the Garden and Landscape Symposium of Western PA. This is something my sister and a couple friends used to do every year.

Minimal Curb Appeal

One of the speakers, I wish I could remember his name, showed us a lot of homes with typical boxwood shrubs planted right up to the foundation and not much else, like the one shown above.

He then showed some really beautiful, landscaped homes with varying styles. For me, this presentation literally hit close to home.

He discussed an idea about using the height of your home, imagining dropping the front wall down to ground. Basically the height of your front wall should be around the same distance your front garden should extend from the foundation. Well, my sister and fellow garden confidant, who was sitting next to me, nudged me, and said, “Hey, that’s you.”

What?  I have to admit I was a little bummed that I was in the category with all those boring homes. We had some nice beds from the foundation to the sidewalk but that’s where our landscaping ended. My sister was right.

However, by the time I got home I was very excited to bring this new idea to my husband. We extended the garden past my front walk and used a garden hose to give it a nice curve. Then we-okay, mostly my husband-dug out the sod, and add some nice topsoil, and began planting.

I wish I had some before pictures. Little did I know back then that I would be writing about it in a blog. 

View from driveway ~

Here’s what the front of my home looks like now:

View from front porch ~

A little landscaping concept that now seems so simple, really made a difference in my curb appeal, and hey, who doesn’t want a reason to buy more plants? 


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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Wow, you are so right! It adds such depth and color. It looks great, definite curb appeal…

  2. P.S. I tried to find you on Hometalk so I could follow you but your link isn’t working 🙁

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