New front gate entrance

Welcome to another episode of Why Our Handyman Dennis Rocks!

This is what our front door area looked like:


I always felt like there was no barrier between the front door and bush, like a guest could easily trip (oh, say on their shoe laces) and tumble into our hopseed bushes.  So I went on Pinterest to look at gates and found some ideas.  This one was my favorite.

So about 6 hours later, Dennis created this and painted it too.

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I thought about painting it white but Dennis insisted on matching the blue so it didn’t stick out like a sore thumb.  I didn’t care much, because I could always change my mind and have him paint it again.  If I were to do that, I’d paint the white post all the way up.

If you live in Phoenix and you’re looking for a good shrub that’s an evergreen and grows well, look up the hopseed, they can grow so tall if you let them.  We plan on keeping ours like shrubs.  We have a shorter row of greens in front of the hopseeds that alternate between barefoot daisies and honeysuckles.  All are on a drip system and do fairly well since our house faces North.  I would say the barefoot daisies prefer lots of sun, so they do better on the other side of our home, with very little water needs.  When I put in our next big green foliage order at the nursery, I am hoping to add a plant that can grow tall between our front windows to fill up the space between, maybe climbing roses.  However I need something that will do well in shade and roses prefer the sunshine.

What do you think?  Now no one will accidentally fall onto our bushes *wink*

Dennis is a legit handyman (LLC) and can be reached at or 602 321 1367 and even responds to texts!  See the work he did to our laundry room and custom screen porch.  We feel so blessed to know him and have him work on our home.

Camera: Canon S100 Powershot on manual mode

Diana Elizabeth says this is what happens when it’s summer outside.  She begins to think of all the home decor things.  That’s what summer is for – down time to work on the inside, and outside too.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.



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