Before & After: A Sleepy Backyard Slope Becomes a Hillside Pond
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by erin lang
4d ago
I received a lovely Before & After from Claire over at The Garden Diaries last week, and I’m excited to share her hillside pond makeover with you guys today. What was once just a plain set of steps up the side of a grassy hill has become a fantastic hillside retreat nestled into a slope that leans right next to the house. Before the transformation, this sloping garden did not provide any thing to look at, and it was difficult to maintain with turf. Terraced levels and retaining walls, as well as lush greenery and vibrant flowers, will enhance this outdoor space in the garden makeover. See ..read more
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How to Make A Kid’s Hobbit Inspired Garden PlayHouse
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by rochelle greayer
1w ago
Hayden Regina is the creator of the Hobbit Houses at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Michigan. He shares how he created a set of charming little garden playhouses from simple materials that cost around $250 each.   Who doesn’t want to imagine life in The Shire living like Frodo and Bilbo? Or at least pretend for a little while….- Rochelle A DIY Hobbit house is a whimsical and unique project that can bring the charm of Middle Earth to your backyard. From creating a round facade to using natural materials like stone and wood, building your own Hobbit house allows you to unleash your c ..read more
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Does Copper Flashing Really Control Slugs? ?
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by rochelle greayer
1w ago
I got an early start on my garden this year but quickly have been a bit demoralized. I planted radishes, beets, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, kale, peas, and broccoli in April, and while I got lots of babies, I really only have a few pea plants, a bunch of hole-y radishes and an odd spinach and kale leaf here and there to show for my efforts. The culprit is more than just slugs, and I haven’t quite sorted out who it is (I think since I have banished the woodchuck, it must be a bunny), but the hole-y radish is of the insect variety. And I noticed slugs on my Peonie ..read more
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A Mid-century, Modern, Christian Dior, Inspired Fashion Garden
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by rochelle greayer
1w ago
It’s time for another garden inspired by fashion, and once again, I have found something that I think is really fun by my new favorite fashion illustrator – goodyfinch at Can’t not Know. Really, almost all of my inspirations lately are coming from this amazing artist. This one is titled Christian Dior 08, and I think it evokes a mid-century feeling with an Asian, South Beach touch.  Don’t you think?  For some reason, I also feel like this girl lives in Copenhagen and visits Tivoli Gardens for afternoon walks with her chi-poo (cross between a chihuahua and a poodle). I’m pre ..read more
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Learn from a Pro: How to design a garden in 7 Easy steps (for beginners)
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by About Rochelle Greayer
1w ago
Want to know the biggest mistake I see homeowners make when they are designing their gardens?  It’s this: they always start with the plants.  I get it – the plants are fun, and the garden center is pretty, and wow! – It is so nice to imagine how these green leafy things will transform your drab yard into that gorgeous future landscape oasis you might imagine.  Yes, we have all been there. The problem is that the garden nursery visit is one of the last things you should be doing, and by starting there, you’ve increased the odds of landscape disappointment exponentially.  I’v ..read more
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The Cutest Cottage Garden Makeover for a Seattle Front Garden
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by rochelle greayer
3w ago
I’m simply blown away by this front yard cottage garden makeover in Seattle.  I am not sure what property values are doing in Washington, but I have to think that this garden and curb appeal makeover added way more than the average 10% value increase you can expect from improving your front garden. WANG Before – Front of house Images and design by Leah Steen Cherry Before – Backyard Welcome to Leah Steen’s adorable cottage with boxwood lined from the walk and a pretty clematis growing over the front door. Join The Collected Container Garden Course before Spring planting! We ..read more
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Before & After: Seattle Front Garden
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by rochelle greayer
1M ago
I’m simply blown away by this front garden makeover in Seattle.  I am not sure what property values are doing in Washington, but I have to think that this garden and curb appeal makeover added way more than the average 10% value increase. WANG This might be my favorite part.  I love neighborhoods that have landscaped areas between the sidewalk ad the street.  They really are just much more friendly.  Given that this areas is particularly wide, this path from the street to the sidewalk has the opportunity to become a really lovely feature. Images by leahsteen The clemati ..read more
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Tin’s Utilitarian Franchise Succulent Garden in the Noe Valley
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by rochelle greayer
1M ago
You guys know Megan and Matti (from Far Out Flora) right? You have got to see where their passion for succulent gardens landed them… The succulent fence. I shared this yesterday (but with different images) on my Gardenist column at Apartment Therapy….but I love it so much I am going re-share this sweet story here too.   A long view through the garden to the huge framed succulent masterpiece. It all started with a shopping trip for local handmade treasures.   On their adventure, they came across the fantastic canvas pillows created by Tin of Utilitarian Franchise (BTW — thes ..read more
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Naomi Slade’s Sex Pistols-inspired Punk Garden
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by rochelle greayer
1M ago
What were you like ‘back in the day’?  Goth, Valley, Stoner, Jock?  Something else?  Me? I was some weird Denver thing that involved high hair, shoulder pads and Wranglers.   I have no idea what you might have called it — but it definitely wasn’t punk. Now, if I were to indulge in a theme persona today, I would most certainly be Punk.  Rebellion, individualism, free thought, and a splash of anti-authoritarianism — yep, that is me now (at least ideologically) — minus the discontent and the fact that I am not sure I can pull off the outfits without a big smirky smil ..read more
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Before & After: A Gorgeous Transformation for an Oregon Home
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by erin lang
1M ago
Yesterday, I opened my inbox to find an email from Danny Cullerton from Aristata Land Arts. She sent along a series of before & after photos from one of her recent projects in Portland, OR, and I know you guys are going to love the makeover! The landscape surrounds a beautiful old Victorian house, and the re-work definitely brings out a ton of character in this lovely house!  Here’s the front yard, basking in its newfound glory. I like that Danny was able to step away from the typical landscape findings of a home from this era and swap them for a bit of a rustic modern vibe. I espec ..read more
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