Let me give you a tour of the whole yard....
The curbside project:
What we did:The biggest project in the front yard was the curbside area where we planted two trees, put in veggie boxes (a very acceptable and common thing in Portland), a little library, and stepping stones. This was ALL John's vision, and he's been working seriously hard to make it happen. Love! By the way, the veggie boxes are lined with garden fencing - an idea my friend Alicia did and we followed suit. I found them at a local store, but have been unable to locate them online for you (so sorry!).
We lined the front of the yard with rocks and a ton of plant stepables that have grown and spread nicely over the last many months. John sprinkled wild flower seeds on the backside of the rocks and OMGoodness, what a delight it is to have a wildflower garden along the sidewalk! Poppies, dahlias, the works. We put more stepping stones/pathway from our porch to the driveway plus a fence and we're calling it done.
Best part? True and Bella roll in the yard together and we've met so many sweet neighbors who stop by on their walks to visit the little library and pick a wildflower. LOVE. This really is the first time we've ever lived in a neighborhood with neighbors we know, a community we adore, and a yard that we love. Feels like we're growing up in a strange way, where our interest have grown to include our immediate community, and the simple ways that we can add to its beauty with trees and flowers and green, green, green.