When I bought the Burrow, I learned that the previous homeowner was also the owner of an amazing local flower shop before they moved away. So, I was incredibly unsurprised that their flower gardens were absolutely gorgeous… I mean stunning!
Now, having never really had my own yard before and not knowing what plants are what, I decided to let them bloom and grow (cue humming the Sound of Music) so I could learn more about them. I found Allium, irises, multiple rose bushes, an oak-leaf hydrangea bush, Shasta daisies, large coral bells, climbing jasmine… the list goes on! The previous homeowner lined the front garden beds with rocks, but stopped there. I decided to take care of those immaculate gardens as best as I could and continue the rock landscaping. I think it gives the Burrow a cute, cottage-y look!
My mom taught me as a kid, after meticulously rocking around a small pond by our house, that there is no need to pay for landscaping rocks! All you have to do is find a neighborhood that is expanding and building new homes. Once you’ve found that location – it’s just a bit of sweaty work. I scoured dirt hills, freshly dug foundations (in Warsaw AND where my parents live in Wisconsin) until I found some amazing rocks. I wanted softball+ sized ones to line the flower beds and then I also wanted a couple of bigger boulders to make a statement. Let’s just say, I mastered the penguin waddle carrying those heavy boulders!
There really is no trick to this… If your flower beds are already outlined for you, clear out any grass you don’t want and line the rocks up! If you’re starting from scratch, I suggest sketching out the design you want. I have some rounded corners, and some twists and bends that add movement.
The front garden beds, I found, were partially lined with rock and then lined with brick. I dug up the bricks and leveled out the holes in order to place the rocks. I tried to place them in a way that helped them look connected and without many gaps. Now, the flower gardens are lovely, but as you can see the grass wasn’t that well-cared for. I’ve enlisted the help of TruGreen and plan to have a luscious lawn in a couple more seasons!
There is something so calming and refreshing about working in a garden. If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest it! Put on your favorite tunes, enlist the help of your trusty dog buddy to make you smile and dig in to this beautiful earth.
When I purchased the Burrow, the previous homeowner had fenced off only the back portion…