Looking through my exterior pinterest board I noticed a reoccurring theme: white, white, and more white. Lots of hydrangeas and boxwood. Simple planters over flowing in shades of green and white. I decided this was going to be my year to get on the horn and make our backyard space a little more lush and inviting.
I plan to add several Annabelle hydrangea plants with a boxwood border on one side of the patio. And maybe add a couple Limelight hydrangeas along the path leading to the patio. We get a little early morning sun before the shade takes over which seems to be their preferred conditions.
^^Hydrangeas with a boxwood border^^
^^Annabelle hydrangeas, boxwood, and urns filled with white flowers^^
In addition to the new plantings, I will add several oversized planters to our patio. I like simple planters and prefer stone or terra-cotta, but I'm not willing to pay over $100 for a pot. That I will fill with dirt. I found a few on Home Depot's website that give the right look for a more reasonable price, but I'd like to check them out in person first. Now it's just a matter of deciding on the style.
^^ Classic terra-cotta planters (From one of my all time favorite Cottage Living homes. Sigh.)^^
^^I think these are Restoration Hardware. (Very $$$) I like the look of wood square planters, especially when filled with round boxwood or topiary plants. Something similar would look great flanking our back door.^^
^^Classic stone urns, probably a bit too formal for our patio, but oh so pretty. Likely better for the front of a house.^^
^^It would be pretty to add just a bit of blue to the pots. Or maybe have a pot with just lavender. I haven't had luck planting lavender. I think they need more sun. We always had an abundance in our garden when I was growing up and the smell brings back so many good memories. ^^
^^A round up of some of my faves. From the pricey to the more affordable.^^
^^I'm also going to stock up on some additional seating. We currently have a black wrought iron table and chairs and I'd like to add a little rattan + bamboo to the mix. These Ikea chairs are stackable and would be easy to store away when the weather is bad.^^
I'd love to begin this weekend. I'll be sure to post before and after pics as things start to come together. Wish me luck. Hoping I can make some of the plants last through the summer. My track record isn't the best.
(sources for all images can be found here)