Hit a Brick Wall

Hit a Brick Wall

My house has great curb appeal as you can see HERE. But the first thing you see as you approach my house is this end wall. This big brick wall, with its one tiny window and all the utilities.

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Pretty ugly, blah and boring. So, early on, I came up with a plan to give this end of the house some curb appeal. It has been in the works now for a couple of years, but it’s still not obvious from the road yet. I am thinking maybe by next summer it should start to make an impact.

I decided I wanted evergreens to break up the expanse of bricks. So I began my search at all the nurseries in Birmingham for Italian Cypress trees with absolutely no luck. My favorite nursery suggested a substitute so I bought 7 and planted them. That evening I did some online research to remind me what kind of trees I had bought, (and of course I’ve forgotten again) and discovered that they would not work at all for my plan. These trees would grow 10′ wide and I had planted them 3′ apart! Nope. Nope. Nope. I dug every one of them up and transplanted them to the outskirts of our 1 acre yard.

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Baby Italian Cypress planted in 2014

Then I searched online and found the trees I wanted at Fast Growing TreesI waited until they had their 1/2 price sale and order 7 Italian Cypress trees. They arrived in great shape.

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Italian Cypress right after planting in 2014

The next step in my plan was for some old fashion color with hydrangeas. I moved several tiny ones in front of the cypress trees and I have had a time keeping them watered and alive, but I think they are finally established and are going to make it.

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This is the same plant, above, shortly after it was planted, and below, this summer. I think this will be a show stopper next year.

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Next, I decided to add a bit of English vibe to go along with the Italian flavor going on. I planted a whole flat of creeping fig to grow on the side of the house. Ivies can cause damage to the brick and mortar but creeping fig is suppose to be safe.

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My next plan is to transplant some small growing gardenias here in front of the hydrangeas. I think this will be a great combination. But it will have to wait until cooler weather. Nothing will survive a transplant right now.

Here are a few current pictures. I can hardly wait to see what it looks like in one more year. And then again in two more years.

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The Italian Cypress trees have grown a lot and are really starting to look good. The creeping fig isn’t visible from any distance yet, but I can just imagine it covering half the wall! And then when all the hydrangea are blooming……. *swoon*

 

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22 comments

  1. Pam Richardson says:

    I think you have made some great selections for that side of your home! The Italian cypress are really liking their new home. Hydrangeas are always a good choice! Happy weekend, Pam @ Everyday Living

  2. Katrin says:

    The cypresses look great already and will look amazing when taller, that was a good idea to add them to the side of your house! I also love the creeping fig, it will add lots of green!

    • gwingal says:

      That sure is what I am hoping for Katrin! Thank you so much for your input. I do hope it turns out like I envision it. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks Laurie! I appreciate your friendship. I am meeting so many wonderful ladies. I hope the plantings really show up by next summer. 🙂

  3. Vanessa says:

    Great idea for adding those trees. I love it and they have grown a lot. I can’t wait to see how they look in another year. Thank you for stopping by Dishing it and DIgging it link party. We love having you.

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Vanessa. They really have tripled in size I guess and if they continue to grow it won’t be long now before they really show off for me. Thanks for hosting the party! 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Oh wow! I’d love to see your cypress trees. I will come scour your blog and see if I can find some pictures. Thanks for visiting here. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks Carol. I am really hoping so. Its been so hot this summer I have really had to water them a lot. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Laura! I love these two colors together and of course I have to have a splash of yellow too. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Laurie Oien says:

    I’ve been trying to dress up an ugly side of the house too with some flowers and plant vines. Patiently waiting for the transformation. Maybe it’ll all come together next spring. Good luck with your new plantings.

    • gwingal says:

      Oh dear. I am not good with patience! LOL Thanks for stopping by Laurie. Do you have pictures of your problem area? I would love to see. 🙂

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