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The front yard


Our house sits on a street in a nice suburban development, almost ten years old now. Just about every house on the block has some kind of professional landscaping, and all owners clearly take pride in their front lawns. Well - make that all but one. Our lawn isn't the prettiest - it always has the most dandelions (and other weeds), and is never cut on that trendy diagonal pattern.

But it does have a lot of trees! Our home came with two street trees: a red maple and a honey locust. We soon added a Kwanzan cherry and a clump birch - so that we have four larger trees in the front yard. Then there's several smaller ones - star magnolia and red-flowering dogwood tree bloom in early spring, followed by Washington hawthorn in late spring and Franklin tree in summer.

The street trees have low-growing perennials and bulbs planted in the circles at their feet. There is also a planting area around the mailbox. All other perennials in the front of the house we count in the driveway bed, rock garden, front perennial border or lane garden areas.

A partial list of the plants growing in our front yard

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Arabis alpina 'Snowcap' (mountain rockcress)
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)
Betula nigra (river birch)
Calycanthus 'Hartlage Wine' (sweet shrub)
Camassia quamash (blue camass; indian hyacinth)
Caryopteris x clandonensis (bluebeard, blue mist spirea)
Chionodoxa luciliae (glory of the snow)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Eryngium creticum (Crete eryngo; field eryngo)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Iris reticulata (reticulata iris)
Magnolia stellata (star magnolia)
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' (pink star magnolia)
Narcissus 'Obdam' (daffodil)
Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood)
Phlox subulata (creeping phlox)
Prunus padus 'Summer Glow' (European bird cherry)
Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan' (flowering cherry)
Puschkinia scilloides (striped squill; Lebanese squill)
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin' (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum dilatatum (linden viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (black haw)
Viburnum x carlcephalum (fragrant snowball)
Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle)

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Last modified: March 15, 2014
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