Spring Garden

Spring is in full bloom here in Kansas City! The trees are full of leaves, the hostas have sprouted, the irises have bloomed, and Home Depot's gardening section is bursting at the seams with new plants. I've been working in the garden to get it shaped up for the past couple weeks now and I figured I would show you some of our progress and what's coming up in our garden!

Along the front we have a whole bunch of hostas. Whoever owned this house before apparently really liked hostas - kind of obsessively so because they are filling 90% of our front flower gardens. Mikael definitely isn't a big fan of how many there are, but I do like the lighter grey-green variety in the front. 

 So ultimately, many of those will be transplanted elsewhere. This front area is on the top of my list for updating. Unfortunately, it may be a while because of the amount of work its going to take to get this looking better! For now, this will do. 

On the other side of the front walkway, we have a whole bunch of bamboo. Bamboo. I know it's going to be my arch-enemy in the near future as I try to get rid of it. It's such a weed in that it spreads to areas where you wouldn't expect it to be. Next to the bamboo we have two pretty peonies that are getting ready to bloom! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, so I'm so excited we already have some mature peonies in our yard!

One of my favorite things to add to a front porch are bright, cheery flower pots! So this last weekend we made a trip across the street to Home Depot to pick up some plants to fill our big IKEA pots. The challenge we experienced was to find plants that would do well in pretty much full shade. So I ended up picking up some Creeping Jenny, begonias, and ferns.

The side of the house is my current project. It has a few chrysanthemum plants, some other plants I'm unsure of, and a bed of iris. The iris are absolutely gorgeous right now with their bright purple blooms. 

As I envision this space in the future, I see big dahlia, hydrangea, and peony plants that adorn the side of the house. To accomplish this, I'm in the midst of digging everything up - especially the weeds that have taken over the area. I'm not exactly sure what I'll do with all of the irises and chrysanthemums, but they'll find a new home in our garden!

Up near the front of the house, just past the irises, a white trellis adorns the side of the front porch and is covered in a few mature rose bushes. One has begun to bloom with dark red flowers. I cannot wait to see the colors of the others! Eventually, we'll remove the old trellis and put in a new modern-style one later.

In the back, I added a few of the extra plants from our flowering pot project to a shady spot near the garage. We also have a bunch of irises and other plants I'm unsure of! (Story of my life, people!)

The back needs quite a bit of work, but largely it's landscaping the space for future outdoor living areas. That's likely a next year project, so for the moment I'm making do by cleaning up the flower beds and adding new black mulch! Black mulch is my favorite. It's basically like giving your garden a new coat of paint that makes it look sharp, tidy, and clean!

Of course, the bane of my existence now are the tree seeds and debris that have fallen all over my beautiful black mulch! So heartbreaking.

So that's what's going on in our garden! I'm going to continue cleaning up the side garden and spreading that gorgeous black mulch! So pretty! Have a great week! 


  1. I'm a new homeowner also and am currently tackling my outdoor space. I love all the outdoor space you have to fill, so many great beds, etc. Your IKEA pots turned out great. I'm a big fan of creeping jenny plants too!

  2. Oh My God! What a beautiful place you have! I can just imagine what it will look as when you have finished your work. I just want to put my hands in your garden to make it look amazing. I love gardening and your post has awakened that desire to beautify the outer space we have. Thank you for the post.