We are getting really close to being finished with our front yard landscaping. We started plotting the layout in January and early February, then started planting in February and March. Our yard isn’t very large, but the soil is full of rocks making it difficult to dig and plant.

Here are the details of the front yard so far (we live in zone 10 and planted drought tolerant plants):

  • Plants used to create a mediterranean-like landscape to fit our environment: Artemisia Powis Castle (Silvermound), Tuscan Rosemary, Spanish Lavender, Purple Fountain grass (Fireworks), Creeping Red Fescue (started as seed and still coming in), Myoporum, Echeveria and Sempervivium succulents
  • Borders: Master Mark PremierEdge edging, Terrace Board, small rocks we found in the yard (since we have so many of them!), starter pots that we cut the tops off of and placed around 3 of our silvermounds to make a perfect circle
  • Decorative rocks: Lava rock and pea gravel

Fescue grass is taking a long time to come in

We still have more rock to lay around the plants in front of the bay window, but we are finished planting for now. We also went totally over budget. We bought twice as many plants as I thought we’d need, more borders and we still aren’t finished laying the rock. I’m estimating we are at about $1,000 so far (including a cement walkway) which is $400 over budget. It will look great and be worth it once the plants are established.

Next up, working on the back patio and finishing up the side yards.


  1. Money Beagle Reply

    Good work. I have some pretty serious landscape work to do this year but most of it involves doing lawn work. I had some tree stumps ground out so I need to dig out the wood, fill it, and reseed it. I also have a low spot that was from an older tree stump that was just covered up and has now broken down. So I need to fill that in as well. We also have some bare spots that I might as well seed in as well. Nothing big but definitely a days worth of hard work.

    • Little House Reply

      @Money Beagle – Sounds like you have quite a bit of work to do! We aren’t having great luck with our grass seed. We might swap out a couple of sections for groundcover instead. We already opted for groundcover in one area we originally thought was going to be grass, but the fescue is taking so long to germinate that we’re getting impatient. I can’t wait to share photos of our yard once the plants have grown to almost full size (which may be next year!)

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