Follow our calendar guide to turn your common yard into an uncommon delight. Rebecca Bull Reed shares a day-by-day account of this remarkable front-yard transformation.
Photography Joseph De Sciose, William Dickey / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery
Why waste money? Plants with interesting attributes should be used where they'll be noticed. 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga is a winner when paired with autumn fern. We planted this combo by the front steps and along the path to the sitting area. Around mailboxes, at the ends of walks, and along driveways are other natural choices. Why you'll be glad you did: "This combo is one of my favorites," says Lynne. "I smile every time I see it."
photo: 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga is tough enough to be walked on occasionally, making it perfect for areas along a path.