A few weeks ago I blogged about my plans to freshen things up on our patio with a white and green garden for summer. Well, it's mostly just a green garden at the moment but I thought I'd give you some progress pictures. I gave myself a budget of about $500 (probably spent closer to $600) so I
The Little Limelights are in front, bordered by mini boxwoods and a row of white Impatiens. No flower buds on the Limelights yet, I believe they bloom later in the summer. Thankfully they aren't growing as high as the Incrediballs, so when sitting on the patio, I should be able the enjoy both.
I added a pair of rattan and bamboo chairs from Ikea to the table. I love mismatched chairs in dining rooms, so I'm not surprised how much I like the mismatched combo outside too! They are not meant to be left outside in uncovered areas all the time, so we typically bring them in at night if rain is predicted in the forecast. Our family room is right off the patio and they actually look fun and summery inside too, so I don't mind the small inconvenience. The striped salmon colored pillows are from Target (also, not weather resistant, but conveniently match our family room colors too).
^^ wooden barrel planters from Home Depot ^^
I added a pair of grayish, weathered wood, planters flanking the back door. I filled them with boxwood, white Lobelia and white Impatiens. The Lobelia needs more sun than they are getting so they aren't flowering much anymore, just lots of green, but their leaves are pretty too and it still adds a little variety to the mix.
^^ I scattered different sized terra-cotta pots in other places on the patio. The striped pillow above IS weather resistant, from Dash and Albert. ^^
^^ I had visions of a mass of roses spilling over this wrought iron fence but I don't think it will come to life. I added a David Austen rose bush and I'm pretty sure it isn't getting enough sun. It has had several blooms but they haven't opened all the way and then they've been knocked down by rain.^^
^^I planted three white knock-out rose bushes at the entrance to the stone path and fear there isn't enough sun for them either (cue the violins and my whining), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. ^^
Overall, these small changes have made a big difference already. It feels more like an extension of our home rather than an after thought and I find all of us enjoying the space more often. Though that might have more to do with the spectacular weather lately, but I'm going to pretend it is all about my comfy seating and pretty hydrangeas! (PS. In full disclosure: I did kill four lavender plants in this process. So I'm trying them in a sunnier spot by the vegetable garden. I want some lavender by golly! I'll post about the vegetable garden later. When (if) it actually bears any vegetables!)