Last year hubby and I painted the outside of our house and this year I’ve vowed to pay more attention to the garden spaces. Perennials need to be divided and moved around, weeds need to be kept under better control, our backyard fence needs to be replaced, and I need to redefine garden beds. I probably won’t get to all of it this year but maybe a decent dent can be made. As usual, I turned to Houzz for inspiring garden ideas.
When we painted our house, we cut the front bushes down and I’d like to replace them. I love this layered look of perennials in front of the house. It’s not as predictable as the traditional hedge of evergreen bushes.
I love the use of curves in this front yard landscape plan. Rather than the straight sidewalk to the front door, a brick walkway with curved edges carves the path to the porch. Large hydrangeas and a big pot of flowers add a soft touch of color.
I love flower gardens like this backyard. Messy, a bit overgrown, and full of color!
This spring garden is lush and appears to be never-ending. I have groupings of tulips and daffodils in the yard, but nothing quite like this. I’m making a note to plant more bulbs in the fall.
I’ve always loved the charm of a gated garden. It reminds me of New England. I could see planting beds of cutting flowers in a space like this.
A fenced in vegetable garden is kept safe from hungry critters like rabbits and deer. I’m already planning what to include in this year’s veggie garden.
I’ve always wanted a white garden, but that desire always gives way to a riot of color. In the summer, my motto is that you can’t have too much color in the garden.
This house is sure to stand out on the block, with its wave of pink and blue hydrangeas!
I love a house with a white picket fence in the front yard! This one is especially pretty with its red-leaved tree, climbing roses, and row of hostas out front.
This twiggy fence is a great way to use fallen branches … and we have a ton of those from the Silver Maples in our yard. This one corals edible nasturtiums.
I’m a sucker for any type of flowering vine … Trumpet, Morning Glory, Vining Black-Eyed Susan, Clematis … you name it, if it vines it’s always welcome in my garden.
Our walkways definitely need improvement around the house and I like the use of mixed materials leading through this backyard. We have a wooden boardwalk leading to our front door that I love. But now we need to turn an eye to the back and side yards and these inspiring garden ideas are motivating me to get to work. So stay tuned, I’ll be sharing our outdoor projects throughout the summer!
To see more inspiring gardens, visit my Cottage Gardens board on Pinterest!