Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Heuchera Sedum New Driveway Construction

My concrete driveway needed to be replaced. The driveway construction was done the beginning of September. The city is going to replace bad curbs out here which they do without charge, and I knew they would replace the apron into the drive and the sidewalk panels if not already completed because of cracks in the cement, so I decided I could replace the whole driveway myself for little more than they would have charged for the apron and sidewalk areas.

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This Heuchera Melting Fire had to be dug up in August for the driveway, potted, and replanted after the drive was completed. Here it is next to my Yorkie Statue in December looking wonderful like it had never been disturbed in the high heat of the 90's. Even covered in frost it always looks wonderful. Being evergreen in my area merits front yard presentation.

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The Sedum Patchwork Quilt visible behind the Coral Bells above is a beautiful combination of blues and yellows called Sedum Angelina and Sedum Blue Spruce. I have them lined down the side of the house along the walkway. It's a narrow 8 inches there and these work out wonderfully. I love the combination of these two. I haven't had flowers on Angelina and hope I don't. The Blue Spruce does bloom and I keep the stems pruned off as the stems become a little top heavy and lean over. I'm letting the Angelina spread a little more than half of the area so it's a little less pruning for me to do. I have added Angelina to a couple other areas also. I do allow the blooms to stay on my Blue Spruce in pots which are lovely yellow flowers.

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Sedum Blue Spruce in a pot does wonderful in this zone. I do not protect either of these groundcover Sedums, even the potted ones, they both are troopers and as you can see look lovely in pots hanging over the sides. I love to have the beautiful perennials or shrubs that give some winter beauty.

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Photos of the new driveway being started. Pictured in the mist of tearing up the whole thing. It was a mess with all the dust.

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The forms set and filled with gravel, waiting for the city inspector to approve since we had to also do the apron and sidewalk panels, plus an extra sidewalk panel.

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The finished driveway, waiting to fill back in the edges with soil and seed. I was very happy to find K E Rose Concrete to do the job and his workers were fantastic. I had added on 14 inches to the width of the drive, right to the edge of the house to give me slightly more room for people to get in and out of their cars. They did a wonderful job.

I am incredibly busy the next month with some renovation here and will catch up when I can. Enjoy the New Year.


72 comments:

carmencreazioni said...

Sedum ... a lovely plant!

dorothy said...

Your finished driveway looks very nice! The sedums look perfect where you have them planted. The colors and textures are a nice way to add interest to the garden! Happy New Year to you!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,
Wow, love the blue spruce sedum in the pot. It looks fantastic!
The new driveway is wonderful, so much easier to maintain...
Good for you!
All the Best,
Christine

Makarimi said...

Sedum blue looks so beautiful. Love the new drive way. Great renovation.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Good plants. They look very hardy and easy to maintain. Happy New Year!

Raffaella said...

Wow... great renovation! I like it... and I like sedum very much, too! See you soon, dear friend...

E said...

love sedum!! i have a bunch in my gardens too.

happy new year

Miss Val's Creations said...

The driveway looks fantastic! I am sure you will enjoy it for years to come. I love the color of the Heuchera Melting Fire. Gorgeous!

Michael said...

The sedum patch work is amazing and the coloring is just perfect. I may have to try that combination!

HolleyGarden said...

I love your sedums! They are all beautiful, and you placed them so well. Your new driveway looks so nice. I bet it really makes your entire house look new! Happy New Year!

Pam said...

I've got to try some different varieties of sedum! Thanks for linking lip to garden Tuesday.

Katie Hertfelder said...

Hi Cher!
Enjoy your new driveway... and your busy New Year.

darbycreekyorks said...

Driveway looks great! I know you will enjoy it. I am going to go get sedums and sprinkle them around!

The Sage Butterfly said...

Great looking driveway! I am sure you will dress up the sides with lots of beautiful plantings. Happy new year!

Lona said...

I really like your Sedum Blue Spruce. The driveway looks wonderful. Sounds like you have been busy. Have a wonderful week.

Ginger Zuck said...

WOW, what an undertaking. It looks great and I know your are enjoying the heck out of it.

Malar said...

Sedums are lovely plants! Soon you're going to have beautful area!

Denise said...

Your new driveway looks great and I do enjoy looking at the photos of your plants, and learning about them too. The Yorkie statue looks very cute in that first shot. Have a great weekend.

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

Have a Wonderful New Year!

Zoey said...

What a great idea to use that color combo of sedum for the tiny side area. It so bright and cheery even without flowers.

Good luck with the renovations. It is always fun to change things up a bit. I hope you show us the result.

GirlSprout said...

I love the color of your blue spruce sedum. I added some sedums to my garden last year and will be on the look out for blue spruce this year to add some evergreen color to the garden. Good luck with all of your projects.

Neuer Gartentraum said...

Ich hoffe, deine schönen Pflanzen trösten dich über die viele Arbeit hinweg. Hoffentlich sind die Bauarbeiten bald beendet.
Gruß
Anette

Jeri Landers said...

I just love Sedum, it is so trustworthy and spreads beautifully. I noticed today, that mine was holding up nicely in the weather, even though we have had a few freezes thus far.

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Det ser godt ud.
Tak for kigget.

*~Kaki e Kiwi ~* said...

Thanks, you soo cuute!
:)
XOXO

VW said...

Looks like a big job well done! When we had a front patio poured, we went with a guy our landscaper recommended who did concrete on the side, and he didn't do a good job. I try not to look at the messiness of that part now or it drives me crazy. We will always go with a licensed and bonded concrete co. now!

Kittie Howard said...

Hi, I'm a passenger on the Tuesday Train and am your latest follower. BTW, you have an amazing blog - your driveway turned out great!

momto8 said...

turned out great!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Cher,
These are wonderful pictures as always. You certainly know how to make a place look great. All the best to you.
Judy

Lydia @ See Beautiful said...

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Sandie lee said...

Hi I found you through Friendship Friday and I'm a new follower. I really like your blog - it's very pretty and relaxing =)

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Kippy Marrie said...

Lindas fotos e lindo jardim, como sempre. Obrigada pela visita em meu blog. Voce é muito especial.
Ótimo final de semana.
Aus com amor da amiga brasileira...

KIPPY

Claudia said...

Cher - I had no idea you were in the Dayton area too. Looking forward to knowing you better. Noticed you have some heath. Something I'm not familiar with. Look great.

Dewi said...

Wow! Seem like you have quite a big project there. I hope everything will go smoothly.

Brandi Yee said...

Driveway looks great! We would love to get a concrete driveway.

Now a follower! Please feel free to stop by my blog and follow back if you like :)

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Tarah Dunn said...

New follower from the Weekend Hop. Your garden is amazing! Have a good weekend.

debsgarden said...

I do love your combination of sedums! My own driveway is going to need an overhaul before long. I am not looking forward to it! I know you are happy with the completed project. It looks great.

The Paper Princess said...

Thanks for joining us for Friendship Friday! I look forward to getting to know you better through this blog hop!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for joining my Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I like your sedums. both Sedum Angelina and Blue Spruce have been good to us.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Your driveway turned out great and I bet you are happy to have widened it! Sedum is such a great plant. I have several but not the blue spruce. I love its color!

~April~ said...

Came by on the Super Stalker Sunday Hop :-)
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Heather Margaziotis said...

Home improvements can be disruptive and stressful but so worth it when its done I know we just finished our basement. I found your site via the weekend blog hop. New follower can't wait to come back and read more posts.

If you have time check out my blog at http://hmmargazi.blogspot.com

Larry said...

Good info on the sedums... driveway looks great as well! Larry

Kippy Marrie said...

Obrigada amiguinha...
Voce também tem mais de 200 seguidores, quase 400 muito merecido também.
Voce é linda e seu blog maravilhoso.
Parabéns e obrigada pelas visitas.
Ótima semana.
Fica com o Papai do Céu e obrigada pelos elogios e parabéns.
Aus da amiga do Brasil...

KIPPY

krystimarie said...

New follower from the blog hop, please follow back

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Sandy Elliott said...

Your driveway looks great and great combination of Sedums. Popping in from the Friday Friendship Hop. Following you through Twitter.

Sandy
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huda said...

new follower of your blog
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Mark and Gaz said...

Looking good already Cher :) good luck with the renovation, hope all goes smoothly

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Thank you for joining my Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop! http://www.weidknecht.com

Marie said...

Your new driveway and your plants all look lovely -- I am really going to try and get my garden back in shape this spring!

Visiting from Friendship Friday

Marie
Bonkers in Barnhart

tia said...

loving what you do! so jealous, I wish I had the skills to do this stuff. My mother does but never passed it down to me :)

I am your newest follower via the blog hope- I do hope you'll come visit and follow us too!

tia @ two birds on a wire

La Gata Coqueta said...



Al final de toda esta obra lo que importa es que te quedara con más espacio para salir de los coches cerca de la casa, respetando los espacios de jardín por quienes realizaron las obras.

Gracias por dejar las huellas de tu presencia en mi rincón de los sueños donde a veces se vuelven realidad.

Feliz Año nuevo también para ti!!

Un abrazo de amiga.

María del Carmen

GirlSprout said...

Cher, thanks so much for your friendship my first year of blogging. I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award.

Aerie-el said...

Looks like you've been busy! The driveway looks great, and so do your Sedums and Heuchera. Most of my plants look like mush, but they're coming back slowly, just like the spring weather. Have a great weekend!

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Lori said...

Love finding a great new blog to follow. I'm following you now with the new Linky tool, so follow back so we can stay connected, Lori

Rebecca said...

What a wonderful driveway you now have! (We had new sidewalks and "apron" etc. installed a couple of years ago along with a road resurfacing & curbing, etc. What a GREAT improvement it was - even though it involved quite a change in our front landscaping....long story. Glad it's over.)

The Paper Princess said...

Great project and I love all of the pretty flowers on your site!

Thanks for joining me on Linky Followers - I am following you back!

Ramona
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Denise said...

Hello there, just stopping by to say hi and to thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Hope all goes well in your part of the world.

Sissy said...

Concrete is an absolute no-no in our neighborhood. Shame, too because they make better basketball courts!
The sedum patchwork looks awesome! What a perfect spot for that, Cher!
I do love your Yorkie statue, so cute!!
I hope your renovating is going well. Always feels good to get stuff re-done, doesn't it?! c:

fernvalley01 said...

Hi following you right back!

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Happy Friday via the Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop!

Shari Gapp said...

Added you to Linky Followers. Have a great weekend!!!

A Gluten Free Mommy said...

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for following my blog and allowing me to find you! My husband and I are actually looking to move to the Columbus area soon so this couldn't have happened at a better time :)

Alison said...

I love your blog. The photos are wonderful. visiting for the weekend blog hop. really enjoying the flowers here!

TaMara said...

Stopping by and following from the weekend blog hop.

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Carol Stuck said...

Hi Cher: I love your blog and am so happy to meet you. I have a real love for gardening also. I must admit that your gardens are much more beautiful than my own.

hugs to you!
Carol

Jennifer McLean said...

Hi!
Following you back from www.justaddwatersilly.com.
Great site, so pretty! I LOVE your butterfly pics on the corn flowers... butterflies seem to REALLY love corn flowers!
Best,
Jenn

mochajava said...

Hey!
I am your newest follower from the Wonderful Weekend Hop! Hope you'll stop by my blog and follow me back :)

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DisneyMom said...

Gorgeous pictures! I wish I had a garden. I live in an apartment so I have houseplants! :)

I am following back via Linky Followers!

Karren said...

Hi, I am stopping by from the Beauty Brite Hop, hope you would be able to visit and follow as well...Have an awesome weekend! And your drivewy looks great, love all the pics, Karren

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