Narrow City Lot Side Yard Makeover: Before and After

The Sideyard “Before” Photo:

This is a before shot from a month after I moved in, September 2014. Unfortunately, I don’t have true before pictures that show all the weeds (as tall as me!) that took over this garden the following spring. The side yard used to be a rock garden with scattered perennials. I had to move tons of flagstone (two pallets worth) and an exorbitant amount of overgrown weeds while trying to salvage some existing plants. That burning bush, though! Gorgeous.

The Sideyard “Middle” Photos:

And this isn’t even half of the weeds that were in this bed originally! I did not want chives as ground cover so I tried to remove them as best as I could. I am still struggling with the creeping leafed weed you see here.


This was the first phase of the sideyard renovation. We removed all the rocks, cleaned up the existing flowers, and then added a vintage brick border, which I love! See all those rocks on the pallet at the bottom of the photo? Those are just some of the rocks that were underneath the weeds.
I love the extra driveway space the brick paver border provides!

The Sideyard “Now” Photos:

These seashells were left from the previous owner, so I wanted to re-incorporate them back into the garden. This is also my first attempt at combining annuals in a pot (Pentas, Verbena, & some type of vine).

IMG_3761 IMG_3752 sideyard

Flowers Added to the Sideyard This Year:
  • 2 Burgundy Glow Bugleweed / Ajuga reptans (hoping this takes over as ground cover underneath the Rose of Sharon)
  • Hens and Chicks / Sempervivum
  • Glowing Magenta Evening Primrose / Oenothera kunthiana (I read online this can be invasive, but prior to reading that, it was sad and on clearance at Lowes, so I wanted to try it out. I will keep an eye on it)
  • Cosmos, Cutesy Mix, Annual
  • Hidcote Mini Blue English Lavender / Lavanola angustifolia
  • Munstead Lavender / Lavandula augustifolia
  • Beebalm / Monarda didyma
  • Arizona Sun Blanket Flower / Gaillardia x grandiflora
  • White Clips Carpathian / Campanula carpatica
  • Orange Ice Plant / Delosperma cooperi
  • Blue Spiderwort / Tradescantia
  • Blue Hawaii 5.0 / Ageratum houstonianum, Annual
  • Red Impatiens, Annual
  • Pink Petunias, Annual
  • White Variegated Leaf, Annual
  • Pentas, Verbena & Vine, Annual pot

IMG_2907 IMG_2908

Existing Plants/Shrubs in the Sideyard:
  • Pink Hydrangea
  • 2 Burning Bushes
  • Pink Rose Bush
  • Dogwood
  • 4 Orange Daylilies
  • Solomon’s Seal
  • Uknown Perennial (was moved from a pot to front yard, then broken into 4 sections and planted in backyard)

Hope you liked my makeover so far! I’ll get some more pictures once I add some finishing touches like mulch, solar lights, etc.

Credits: Aunt Kiki, Aunt Susan, Theresa, Uncle Ron, Dad, Mom, Mark, Evan and Renee, Jessica, Tom and crew, Synder Ridge Landscaping, Armor Fence and whoever I forgot! Thank you SO much!

A very special thanks to the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk Committee for honoring me with the 1st annual Christine H. Brooks Garden Grant. This grant helped me tackle some much-needed gardening projects this year. 

Lauren Rose Signature

Related posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More