Boosting Curb Appeal With This Easy Terrace Plan

 Boosting Curb Appeal With This Easy Terrace Plan

Looking for another DIY way to boost your curb appeal in a weekend?  Try this method of terrace gardening to warm up the entrance to your house.

What You Need:

  • Shovels
  • Topsoil or Garden Soil
  • River Rocks, or a half palette of landscaping rock pieces
  • Mulch
  • 1 or more rolls of landscape fabric
  • Landscaping pins or sod staples
  • 7 varieties of either annuals, perennials or dwarf bushes (see my suggestions below!)

For any street side garden the easiest thing to do is to is to base your planting palette around tough perennials and shrubs that can take a little heat from the street, and also handle a little neglect.  Easy care plants can look great with minimal babying throughout the seasons, and keep a neat and well kept appearance without you needing to come home from work every day and drag around the hoses.  Make sure to keep it simple, and leave some open space in the garden for passersby to admire your textured stonescaping.  Choose a few plants to install, and then repeat them at different levels and places in the terraces you create to keep the eye moving, and provide a feeling of harmony.

Purchase about 6-7 varieties of plants (you only need a few of each), and set them in the area you will be improving to see how you want to group them.  Either till up the entire area first and add garden soil, or start spreading the landscaping fabric right over the grass in the entire area.  Attach the landscape pins to the edges of the fabric, and dig holes through the fabric where you want your new plants to go.  Make sure to dig holes a little larger than the footprint of each plant’s pot so you can add garden soil to the area to give your new plants a much needed boost. Dig out as needed a little space in the fabric covered soil to set your stones, and build the stones into the soil to anchor them.  Apply mulch over the landscaping fabric, and soak the whole area well to help it settle in without all the mulch washing off.

Great Bullet-Proof Plants for For Mimicing This House:

  • Liriope
  • Variegated Dwarf Boxwood
  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Meadow Sage
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Obedient Plant
  • Threadleaf Coreopsis
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Dwarf Foxtail Grass


Helpful Hints:

If you want to mix in some annuals and bulbs then toss them in either as seeds, or as small plants, and try planting clumps of spring classics like Daffodils behind dwarf grasses (Liriope) to disguise the left over leaves after the blooms are spent.

Also consider covering the finished product in Pine Fines, or finely shredded Hardwood mulch.  The finer your mulch is shred, the harder it will be for ran to wash it off.  I suggest skipping over pine bark mulch entirely for just this reason.

Good luck and happy gardening!

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