We got all the new plants planted. DH was cooperative and let dd shovel some rock into the wheel barrow to put in the bottoms of the whiskey barrel planters. He also let her dig out the dead plants with the shovel while he pulled them out. We got the barrels filled up with excess dirt from pulling out the dead shrubs and then filled up the rest of the way with potting soil and I planted some mum's in them. We set these on each side of our front door. I'm not going to like having them there (and too heavy to move) when there is nothing to plant in them! They will look ugly. My plan is annuals in summer, mums in fall. Some fake poinsettias during holiday decor time. Not sure about later winter/early spring yet. Maybe I'll get like a fake boxwood to set on them until it's time to plan annual flowers again. Or maybe the fake boxwoods would just look fine all year long.
The 3 shrubs I bought were all good sized and look nice. Just hoping they live! We also replaced the small plant in our island in dog's memory and replaced one of our little grassy shrubs on the side of the house that didn't make it.
The big rope dh had ordered to finish off the little bridge arrived just before he went into the hospital. DD helped him get those attached. I like the rope look. The original plan was some wagon wheels on each side, but I'm still trying to deal with Tractor Supply to get the replacement order.......what a joke. I should have brought the old ones with me on Saturday and dd and I took the extra 15 minutes to drive to the little town Tractor Supply is in and returned them and got my money back and just told them to cancel the replacement order that has never arrived.