I am so happy to finally be able to share my most recent garden update with all of you…! I can’t believe that we are almost officially done with everything. This home renovation process has taken SO much longer than we ever thought possible. I can’t tell you how excited we are to begin living outdoors once again. Especially with the summer approaching, I cannot wait to finally spend more time in the garden. What I am most excited about now that the garden is done is getting back to playing sports.
To see our first garden update from last spring click here.
Just to clarify… in regards to the choices made on the front yard, backyard, garden… I am by no means an expert. ;)
As a matter of fact, one of my extremely talented, landscape design friends (Troy Rhone) had offered to help us on this project but I decided to forego help simply because we knew that our yard would probably take longer than normal and and I didn’t want to waste his time nor sacrifice his vision with our budget.
When drawing our first draft of our backyard design, Jeff and I both decided that the space was too tiny for a pool and even though Jeff loves to cook.. we didn’t want to take up space with an outdoor kitchen. We already have a beautiful kitchen that we use indoors and we craved flowers and greenery. We really wanted a space that was comfy and cozy enough to host our family and friends in and wanted a courtyard look and feel. With this in mind, we also thought about redoing the paving in the garden to add that rustic look that we were going for. I’m so happy with how it all turned out.
For those who don’t know, we are located in Northern California in a tiny neighborhood without a lot of space. Our home is sandwiched between lots of other homes but… it doesn’t feel as bad as it sounds. The house behind us actually sits a little farther away than the others surrounding us so it feels as if we have more space than we really do. The side houses are another matter… I knew with the overall design of the garden that we would have to consider a plan that involved a privacy hedge of some sort. The houses sit VERY close to use dining room on the side of the house and one in the back leading from the family room/kitchen. This provided options for us.. a shady place to sit when the sun is at it’s hottest during both the morning time and the afternoon. With 3 sets of french doors leading to the spaces we knew we could create the perfect outdoor courtyard feel.
When selecting the different plants for my garden spaces I went with what I loved most, lots of greenery and white flowers. I made sure to include a tailored clean boxwood edge surrounding every planter space and left room for roses and more roses for the interiors. I like keeping the plant varieties at a minimum at this stage in the game. I am so busy with work that I don’t have time to change flowers with each season. I think this will also keep things looking elegant in my small yard.
Considering all the sun we get in both the front and the back yards, I decided to stick with Iceberg roses to help fill my love for all things white.. I love roses that are easy to grow and continual bloomers. Both the front and the back gardens are filled with boxwood borders, white iceberg roses, hydrangeas, penstomen as well as a few other flowering perennials (salvia) in the cooler tones of blues and purples.
As to the fence, we planted over 36, 15 gallon Prunus Carolinianas. I can’t wait for all the hedges to grow high and tall so they hide the fence. (as well as some of my neighbor’s homes) Serafin will help maintain the hedge and keep it looking formal and tailored. Love that look and style.
We also planted 16 beautiful 15 gallon ligustrum triple ball and spiral topiaries (my favorite and less expensive than boxwood topiaries) on each corner of the house and flanking each door entrance. They really do help break up all the stucco. This was important to me because when you are sitting on the sofas you are looking at the house and with that… stucco. I figured by planting tons of gorgeously shaped topiaries against the house, everything would appear a little softer and more elegant. I really do think it makes a big difference having all that greenery rest against the facade.
We kept things simple and clean and I love the effect. To finish everything off properly we covered all the dirt with tiny black bark mulch… My favorite. Throughout my 29 years of marriage, I have learned so much about what to plant when and where and what types of plants I truly love. This garden, as simple as it is in design and color palette is full of everything that I’m crazy about. Next up? Decorating the backyard spaces and filling all our lighting and water feature needs. More on that to come… :)
To view more of our new 22+ year old home before renovations click here.
Prunus Carolinianas – Love this evergreen bush that makes a large privacy hedge.
Green Beauty Boxwood: I love this boxwood because it does really well in my area and it constantly grows from the bottom to the top so it doesn’t require shaping for the sun)
White Iceberg Roses: I love these disease resistant roses that smell sooooo fragrant. At night the blooms look as if they glow they are so white. They flower constantly all spring and summer long and look beautiful, green and bushy in between the bloom periods. We control the size by keeping them trimmed slightly smaller in shape.
Large Ligustrum Topiaries: My favorite topiary plant known for it’s green glossy wax leaf. It’s less expensive than the boxwood topiaries and can grow faster and larger as well. I have grown these for years in hedge form and topiary form with no issues.
Outdoor Sofa – Restoration Hardware Provence Sofa
Outdoor Consoles – Scarlett Console
Gate Hardware – Twisted Ring Gate Latch
Travertine – Versailles pattern, Color – Cafe Light
Pavers – Calstone Pavers – Quarry Stone – Color, Cameron Cream, Pattern – QS4
Outdoor Lantern Lights – Lamps Plus – Mount Vernon Style in Bronze