Blogger Charlotte Smith shares how she made a section of her yard into an area where she can garden and also sit back and relax. See how raised garden beds, an arbor, and some extras transformed this zone.
Every spring I dream of planting a vegetable garden. And then I blink, and it’s July and I’ve missed my chance. Until this year! Thanks to Hayneedle, our family now has the most adorable raised garden tucked between our garage and my she-shed.
This little swath of land is outside our fence so it won’t get trampled by the dog, but it’s still easily accessible for the kids. It’s actually the first thing you see when you pull into our driveway and I could not be happier with the new improved look!
I didn’t want to install an actual fence, but I LOVED the idea of creating some delineation for when you “enter” the garden. An arbor and a pair of planters create a “doorway” into the rest of the garden… later in the summer, I hope to plant something that can wind its way up the arbor to really make a colorful statement!
The gardens themselves were so easy to assemble and even easier to set in place. We leveled out the grade of that space, placed the cedar garden beds and filled them in with potting soil. To keep the space looking lush and clean, I opted for sod around the beds, but we can always switch to small pebbles if the grass has trouble growing in the heat of the summer.
Previously, I had to fill all my planters on the patio table or in the kitchen sink… neither was ideal and I always made a mess. I am thrilled with the potting bench back here. It has a drawer and a couple of shelves, so it will come in handy for both my spring planting and my summer veggie picking!
A matching outdoor bench tucks against the barn with blue throw pillows. I plan to sit back there with a cup of coffee and watch the children tend to their crops. At least that’s the dream!
To finish off the space, I brought in two amazing concrete planters… both are sturdy and durable and add a lovely bit of rustic texture to the space. The first planter is filled with succulents and is tucked between some newly planted azaleas. The second planter makes me smile as he oversees the garden and peeks out from behind his unruly coif.
Designing an outdoor space is much like designing a room… I tried to consider textures and layout and the finished result is exactly what I’d envisioned. As you walk through the doorway created by the arbor and the square planters, the raised beds anchor the area and the planting bench and loveseat provide a little visual interest. A handful of accessories like the concrete planters and the solar fountain make the space personal and unique!
Fingers crossed I can keep it looking this lush and vibrant all summer!
-Charlotte Smith, At Charlotte’s House