Spring project #2 – Adding river rock and clay pots

I learned long ago that river rock will out last mulch in color and overall appearance. I had four over sized bushes growing in the front of the house. Although they looked great when they bloomed, it wasn’t quite the look I wanted for the house. So, I decided to remove them in the fall of 2017.

The bushes quickly covered the front of the house. I wanted a better, clearer view from the windows.
The bushes quickly covered the front of the house, especially the lower windows.  I wanted a better, clearer view from all the windows.

I removed the bushes one section at a time. I did the smaller area in the front of the house to the right first so I could move alot of the river rock from the bigger side of the house when I was done.  On the right hand side of the house, I got the bushes out, took out the landscaping cover and replaced the landscaping cover. I then transferred all the river rock from the left hand side of house to the right hand side of the house with a shovel and some buckets. That was a pretty easy project to complete and I did it over the winter when days would allow me to be out and not freeze !

The project was about 70% complete before it got too cold. Lowes didnt have any river rock in the winter, so I decided to wait until spring 2018 to complete the job.

The river rock is now complete on the left hand side of the house.
The river rock is now complete on the left hand side of the house. Still a work in progress.

I will line the bottom of the mini picket fence with the long concrete bricks so I can keep the grass out, and keep the stones in. It will provide a good weed whacking surface to trim up the grass. The long bricks can be see in the photo stacked up, near the top center.

I did go to Lowes in the fall of 2017 to look for some nice larger clay pots. I was lucky, I managed to pull a 3 pot combination for more than 33% off.  Three pots for 60 bucks and they are frost resistant. That’s a plus. There are 3 sizes. large, medium and small. The plan is to fill the larger pots with bulb style flowers. The medium size pots will have seasonal flowers and the smaller pots will be filled with herbs and/or spices.

A fall 2017 buy when these three clay pots were 33 percent off. I bought four sets of these clay pots.
A fall 2017 buy when these three clay pots were 33 percent off. I bought six sets of these clay pots sets.
The small, medium and large clay pots. I have four sets of these clay pots
The small, medium and large clay pots. I have six sets of these clay pots sets.

The Large clay pot is pretty big, about 20 inches deep. I will see if I can get exact dimensions of all three clay pots and list them here.

Once these are placed out and full I will add a photo of how it looks from the front yard. This will be much easier to manage and the colors can make the house look amazing.

The river rock and clay pots are down in the smaller section. Now its time for some plants !

The river rock and clay pots are down in the smaller section. Time for some plants !

The river rock and clay pots are down in the larger section. Now its time for some plants !
The river rock and clay pots are down in the larger section. Now its time for some plants !

 

Clay pots sit on river rock on the smaller section that will have purple and white flowers
Clay pots sit on river rock on the smaller section that will have purple and white flowers.

 

Clay pots sit on river rock on the smaller section that will have red, yellow and white flowers
Clay pots sit on river rock on the smaller section that will have red, yellow and white flowers