Landscaping Makeover with Southern Living Plant Collection

Landscaping Makeover with Southern Living Plant Collection

I am excited to be partnering with Southern Living Plants once again this spring.  My landscaping has undergone a beautiful makeover with several of their gorgeous varieties of plants.

Last year, I partnered with them on a container garden on my back patio.

SL Plants

To see all the details, click HERE.

This year, we stayed in the front yard.  Our house is almost twenty years old and most of the landscaping is original to the house.  It is time to start replacing and updating.

We had barberry bushes all around our home, and we hate their sharp thorns.  We spent a lot of time last summer digging the thorns out of our hands and feet.

Removing old landscapting

(The photo is courtesy of my 5-year-old daughter.)

The prickly bushes were replaced with the following plants from the Southern Living Plant Collection:

  1. Yewtopia Plum Yew

Southern Living Greenery

I love shrubs in landscaping so there is something green when winter comes.  The Yewtopia Plum Yew is compact and resistant to deer, disease, pests, and drought.

Southern Living Yewtopia Plum Yew

  2. Purple Diamond Compact Loropetalum

Container Garden

The Purple Diamond Compact Loropetalum has beautiful deep, rich purple foliage that holds its color all season.  It also has pink flowers which appear in spring and sometimes summer.

I planted mine in containers, but I will move these to the ground this fall.  They can grow 4-5 feet tall and wide.

Southern Living Diamond Loropetalum

  3. Dear Dolores Hydrangea

Blooming Hydrangea

I absolutely love hydrangeas, and the Dear Dolores Hydrangea is gorgeous.  It blooms in spring and reblooms summer to fall. Blue blooms occur in acidic soils or pink blooms occur in alkaline soils like mine.

Dear Dolores Hydrangea

  4. Encore Azalea Autumn Belle

Encore Azalea

I have never tried azaleas, so I am excited to try the Encore Azalea Autumn Belle.  This variety is fast growing upright with light green foliage and bi-colored ruffled flowers.

Autumn Belle Azalea

The landscaping makeover has made such a difference on my home’s appearance.

Outdoor Landscaping Ideas

Here’s a before shot of the front side of my home:

Side of House - BEFORE

And an after:

Southern Living Plants update

My lilies have overtaken the yetopias for now, but when the cold weather sets in, my yetopia will stay green.

Here’s a before of the front landscaping (to the left of the entry):

Old Landscaping

And an after:

Landscaping AFTER

And the before of the front (to the right of the entry):

Landscaping BEFORE

And here’s how it looks now:

Landscaping Updates

By replacing the barberry bushes, with the hydrangeas, azaleas and loropetalums, we will enjoy pretty blooms throughout spring and summer.

Landscaping with Southern Living Plants

Curb Appeal

Thanks Southern Living Plants for making my home a prettier place!


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Here’s a little behind the scenes action of my and my assistant photographer:

Southern Living Plants

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  1. Gwen Condit says

    Simply gorgeous!! I tend to get caught up in tons of annuals too plus my variety of plants that bloom one after another….yet your landscape looks stunning with less maintenance. What a lovely home you have!!!

  2. Terri says

    I planted barberry bushes last year and they are growing like crazy! I loved their color but didn’t realize until I planted they had those darn thorns! It would have been nice if my dad, who was with me would have said, honey yes those are pretty but they are prickly too! Oh well! I love the way your makeover turned out! Beautiful!

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