Hello lovely Friends! Did anyone bust out the mixer and make cupcakes after Tuesday’s post ha ha! 😀
I’m back today with my Décor Enthusiast girls sharing all things outdoors for this month’s décor challenge! I am sharing my outdoor space in the front of my house, since I needed to get it in gear for Spring anyway! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
About five years ago, we totally redid our front yard space.
You can see the full makeover HERE, but here is what it once looked like:
You can use that Holly bush and hanging plant hanger on the outside wall of our portico for reference…
Here is how our front garden looks now:
Much different! Better, no? I get many questions asking what kind of shrub is in the middle there. It is called a Dappled Willow. It does grow tall and spindly though, so it will need to be trimmed often if you want to plant it in a tight space like this. To get it to look like this, I chop it almost all the way back in early spring.
Not much is blooming yet. These daylilies are a really pretty pinkish purple color when they bloom:
That tree with the pretty bark is a Natchez Crepe Myrtle that blooms white all summer.
These yellow daylilies are just started to bloom yesterday:
I love daylilies because they come back every year fresh and new.
That small tree in the background is a Japanese Privet, and it can be grown as a shrub or as a great ornamental small tree.
Nothing like freshly mulched beds!
Remember this teapot garden feature?
I shared how to make one HERE. It would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift!
The one I made for that tutorial fell out of my hands and broke on my porch as I was carrying it inside to clean it:
I was so upset.
When I was creating my outdoor spaces, I didn’t want just landscaping, I wanted a garden. It can be a lot of work to keep it up, but very rewarding too. I love when it all starts to come to life in the Spring.
Looking to design a landscape of your own?
Check out my post, How to Create a Landscape from Scratch HERE.
Just behind the tree is a pathway that leads to the back yard.
Along the way is this spot to sit and rest for a bit, along with all my hydrangeas! You can see the one lone first bloomer on the bottom left. 🙂
That circular patio area was made out of old granite blocks I recycled from the old landscaping.
See how I made it HERE. (And that Hosta has lived in that plant pot for a few years…it comes back every year, and I can move it to any shady spot to add interest.)
This space once looked like this:
Those were the old granite blocks I reused for the circular patio above, and we just had a gum ball tree removed that was blocking the gate.
SO much better now!
Isn’t that iron insert in the gate pretty??
Back around to the front…
Just through the portico to the left is my glider bench I painted and recovered the cushions for last year:
See the makeover of this glider including the link to how to cover those cushions super easily HERE.
These are the doors in my dining room that I take most of my furniture photos in front of on the inside. 🙂
To the left is our front door. I found this wreath at Michaels on sale for 50% off. I figured at $25, I couldn’t buy the materials to make it for that.
I don’t usually find wreaths I like at Michaels and I like making my own anyway, but I love how colorful and fun this one is.
I just gave our window boxes a redo:
They were looking like this…
And remember my hanging plant stand I made last year?
It was really simple! See the how-to HERE. It would also be great with hangers on all four sides to use for wet towels if you had a pool!
I hope you enjoyed this peek at my outdoor space! My Décor Enthusiast friends are sharing outdoor inspiration today as well!
Faux Aged Concrete Planters from Our Southern Home
Outdoor Kitchen Build from Refresh Restyle
Front Yard Garden Tour from ME! 🙂
Creating a Duck Pond from Duke Manor Farm
Spring Floral Wreath from Restoration Redoux
Outdoor Decorating Ideas from Artsy Chicks Rule
Here are a few more of my outdoor posts you might like:
- Back Yard Makeover
- How to Create a Landscape from Scratch
- Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers
- DIY Umbrella Planter
- Recycled Granite Block Patio
- How a Girl Built a Gate
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this drawer:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to wait! See what I did with this drawer HERE now. It may or may not have involved sawing the drawer in two. 🙂
Don’t Miss a Thing!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!