For the past week or so I've been working on putting together a flower bed for the space next to my front door (in between rain storms). The previous owner planted a row of rosemary that was growing out of control. Here is a before picture:
The rosemary had gotten huge and was about to take over my hibiscus. Weeds also started growing behind the rosemary.
I knew it was time to do something so I hired the guy from my mowing service to to take a chainsaw to the rosemary. I wanted the rosemary relocated to the back yard but he said it might die if it was pulled. I told him just to cut it enough to give me enough room for a flower bed.
He did and he even put down a couple bags of potting soil that he had brought with him.
It was already looking a little better.
I threw out the old garden lights, picked up some flowers, a bird bath, and mulch and got to work.
Here is one end of the flower bed.
...and the other side. I decided the bird bath was too big for the space and moved it to the lower level.
Then at walmart, I came across this little beauty:
I love the size and the rose details but was not partial to the concrete look so I picked up some spray paint:
Eventually I will go back and hand paint the roses to add some color, but right now I have way too many other paint projects to work on.
Here's what it looked like after the spray paint:
Here it is all done and in the flower bed.
This is a before and after. It doesn't show the updated bird bath so I'll have to take another picture tomorrow.
Overall I'm happy with the transformation. I will probably try to relocate what's left of the rosemary to the back yard so that it no longer blocks the new flower bed. This one was definitely a labor of love but I am relieved that I finally did it.