My husband and I retired to Florida from NY. We bought this house and moved in 4 months ago. It needed a lot of work inside. We did what we could within reason but will have to either live with it or hope we win the lottery!
We are not familiar with Florida plants at all. Being a gardener all my life, I'm totally at a loss here. I don't know the name of anything or its culture. I do not have the money to hire anyone except for a handy-man who can plant bushes, etc.
My biggest problem is design. I don't know where to begin with the front of the house. We painted the exterior grey/white. The house has a weird little path to the entry. There is this small gravel pit next to it which has a small pipe. I have no idea what it is or if it could be taken out. I'm thinking a pot with a tall grass or plant would hide it.
Anyway, here are some shots of the front. I hate the door but can't afford to replace it. I have not planted anything so everything you see was there. We'd like some privacy from the street and some large beds which could be mulched. I'd like to get rid of as much grass as possible. There is no sprinkler system (its broken).
Would appreciate any design ideas. We will do the work ourselves.
This is the house from the street. It was taken before we painted. It is now grey
This shot is taken from the side yard so you can see how the grass runs to the street. There are a bunch of palm trees with some mulch underneath. Maybe I could expand thoses and add more bushes?
I don't know what is planted along the front windows. I'm thinking that area could be expanded? I don't like the wiggly bed thats there. Maybe it could be expanded to the driveway?
Thank you so much,