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New Video: My Front-Yard Make-over…with Vines and Paint

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Through the pandemic, I’ve been having a lot of fun making “virtual garden tours,” using a new film editing program that’s powerful yet intuitive enough for even ME – a drop-out from more programs than I care to list.

There have been seven Virtual Summer Garden Tours so far and this next one –  of my very own front garden! – was the most fun for me. Instead of a tour per se, it’s the story of the recent transformation of my front yard and home exterior in Old Greenbelt.

Scroll down for the description on YouTube.



When I bought the house in late 2011 there was just turfgrass and a few sad-looking shrubs. I removed all that and had the flagstone patio installed right away.


Great example of the ‘International Style,’ a modernist style rarely seen in the U.S. but iconic to Greenbelt. With the old siding removed and the concrete block façade repaired, the unit is fully restored – except for the original color, which was white. (NOT gonna have it!) It was built in 1937 in Historic Greenbelt, Maryland – a New Deal project.

Design Constraint

For privacy and screening of bad views, hedges are encouraged by co-op rules, but failed here on several counts. The preferred solution – training vines on trellis instead of wires – is prohibited by the co-op.

Wall Hanging

Saved-from-the-landfill tin can art by Mrs. Brown’s Blooms from a small town in the Australian Outback.


Via AdobeStock.com

Plants Seen in Video


Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’)
Purple Hyacinth Bean (photo with blooms via SwallowtailGardenSeeds.com)
Morning Glory
Clematis paniculata


Boxwood ‘Winter Gem’
Ninebark ‘Summer Wine’
Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’
Spirea ‘Ogon’
Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’
Nandina ‘Burgundy Wine’
Mixed azaleas


Sedum takesimense
Groundcover Comfrey
Carex ‘Ice Dance’
Lamb’s Ear

Other Perennials

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’)
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium ‘Little Joe’)
Wood Aster (Aster divaricata)
Little Blue Stem ‘The Blues’
Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’
Japanese Carex unknown variety

Annuals in Pots

Calibrachoa/Million Bells
Sweet Potato Vine
Persian Shield
Iresine ‘Blazin’ Rose’
Banana tree



Follow Susan Harris:
“Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV.

3 Responses

  1. Hedy
    | Reply

    Lii inBelt and inspiring small spaces! What is the name of the editing software that so easy to use?

    • Susan Harris
      | Reply

      Movavi. Just a $40 one-time price, and lots of how-to videos and a users group on FB available for help.

  2. Lori Dominick
    | Reply

    Love it! Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

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