I've labeled this Reveal 2012 because I remember I did a reveal last year too. After "experiencing" our yard and garden for one full year - all 4 seasons - we learned what worked and what didn't, and what changes we needed to make. Last year we were on a shoestring budget, so we did the best we could. This year, in addition to all the dirt to plant new grass, we spent the rest of our budget on evergreens, bushes and shrubs. We needed some more height and "bulk" to fill in between the flowers. We also wanted some year round items....like these for instance.
I call this my evergreen garden - holly and colorado blue spruce - our year round Christmas tree. We cannot wait to string it with lights during the Christmas season. Its little, but its the one we could afford (they are mucho expensive). And since I call this my forever home, we'll have the joy of watching it grow and mature.
This is our new lilac bush (the bigger plant in the pic)....that will smell really nice.
At the top of our driveway, in front of our sunroom, it was a barren no man's land so we planted these.....the azalea should get quite large and fill in that space.
And finally - we moved our hostas from the full sun front garden to this nice shady spot at the back of the sunroom. They are soooo happy here. They don't even show an ounce of trauma from their move. In fact they are thriving.
I love gardening. I've never taken a class or had any lessons. Its all been trial and error. That's what is so cool about gardening - plants are so resilient, really. You get such a sense of confidence when you are able to grow them up big and strong and sustain them.