Years ago, when we first bought this house and I started working on the front garden, my main concern was how it looked to people walking by.
I would spend lots of time on the front on the yard making it look pretty for the walkers and drivers going down our street.
They got to see birds bathing and eating at the feeders.
I would then come inside and look out the window and not be happy with how it looked, do some rearranging and still not like what I was seeing. Finally after reading an article somewhere, I found something that has stayed with me:
Don't plant only for curb appeal, plant so you can enjoy your garden from inside your house as well. Why should everyone else enjoy the view except the people living in the house?
Then I realized why I wasn't happy with my garden. I wasn't planting it so we could enjoy it. We viewed the back sides of the shrubs and the flowers were planted on the other sides. Why should we look at the back of the garden? Since then I've started planting in more of a "pyramid" style. The tall plants go in the center and then taper down in size around all the edges of the garden, not just the front. Last year I really got to work on the rearranging, adding some more shrubs to the middle, but ones that aren't supposed to get too tall and block our view.
Now we also get to see lots of birds splashing around and enjoying the seeds.
We get to see pretty flowers as well as the butterflies and hummingbirds from inside the house.
I think that is why this summer is the happiest I've ever been with our front garden. I love the view I get when I look out the front window or the office window.
(The baskets hung by our neighbor drive me crazy)
When someone walks to the door they see flowers as they walk from the sidewalk all the way up to the front door.
(An area still in progress)
When we sit on the front porch or with the girls when they play on the inside grass we get to see and smell the garden.
After all we're the ones doing all the work, why shouldn't we benefit the most?