We started with a blank canvas and added almost everything, pool, pond, patios and, like everywhere else in our home, the décor choices were deliberate and the area is filled with accessories we cherish. Our goal was to create a look where the new additions fit, as if they could've been part of the cottage landscape forever. We also wanted a garden that would amazing every year, without a lot of work. We opted for a lot of perennials, a very few annuals in pots for pop and lots of discount seed packets!
Overall we are very pleased, we love it and use it every singe day! Let's walk, shall we?
We love perennials, we split them and transplant them each fall to fill in more of the yard. We bought a few plants at a deep discount sales and have been splitting them every since.
These pretty mosaic pots were a gift from my mother-in-law.
My handy husband installed this pond (a Kmart special) and made the frog fountain out of an old cement yard ornament from his grandmother's house. It is the most treasured piece in our yard as it reminds us of her and a holds so many nice memories for my husband. We adore the pond, we have an actual bullfrog in residence and there's nothing more relaxing than the sound of running water!
Solar panels on the garage heat the pool water very efficiently and it's free!
This is the one and only bloom on my hydrangea this year...it's one more than I got last year!
Our cute little pool house is ripe with possibility! I really need to get busy before the season is over!
I love hostas! We have some in our yard that came from my favorite aunt's house in Connecticut. My mom brought them home and I took some when we moved. It's another sentimental touch in our garden!
Best place for a nap. Ever.
The coneflower was given to me by a student years ago, we have since split it and peppered it around the yard. The frog was 60% off at Michael's this year...no sentiment, but he doesn't need it, he's just adorable!
Like everywhere else in this cottage, space is an issue. These chairs are great since the ottomans tuck neatly away and do not take up too much of the path. We also clipped the umbrella to the fence with a stainless steel U-bolt, so we do not need a stand.
Every year, my husband strings up the garage wall, drops a handful of morning glory seeds and by August we have a wall to wall flowers.
We chose a concrete patio with wood forms, because we wanted an old world look. It works very well, but it does need to be stained again, the brown tone has faded. The updated look is much prettier.
I hope you have enjoyed your tour!
Wait! There's so much more!!
Check out our DIY screened in, covered porch.!
Here's my milkman update!
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