My Home – The Landscaped Garden Final Reveal

I say final reveal, but I know in my heart that a garden is never going to be finished. So this is the final reveal of all the hard landscaping. That really is something we won’t be doing again. It’s taken three years to get this far (we didn’t do much to the garden in the first year of living here); first there was the dining deck, then the pergola build, then I snuck in a little sneaky patio enlargement. Then a while ago I shared the plans for the final phase. And now it’s finished! So back to the plans I made. They were a bit elaborate to be honest and they had to be simplified. Not only because of the cost, but because the garden may possibly have looked a bit overcrowded. But I have to say I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.

The landscaped garden - the pergola

So what have we done this time? We’ve continued the path that runs along the side of the garage so that it runs up to the pergola. We also put a couple of rows of paving slabs in front of the pergola itself. There’s now a brick built raised flower bed along the fence. And the lawn has been replaced with artificial turf. I wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t have a dog but it was just too difficult trying to maintain a lush lawn. And I’ve spent far too much money on new plants. I could have phased this out over a few years, but impatient me wants it to look nice NOW. Not in five years time.

The Landscaped garden - pergola and flowerbed

I wish we weren’t so overlooked but that’s the reality of living on a housing development. It’s the reason we built the pergola in the first place and used reed screening to create some shade and privacy. When we’re sitting there we don’t feel that we can be seen now. And we also have fairy lights inside too, which makes it a really pretty place to sit after dark.

The landscaped garden - from the pergola looking towards the new raised bed

There is a lot of red brick on show it’s true. From all of the surrounding houses and our own house and garage wall. I did consider using something else for the raised bed but in the end decided that a repetition of material was the best way. The fence was painted grey before any other work was done in order to tone down all of the red and brown tones on view from the house. On balance I think it all works.

The landscaped garden - under the pergola

The two pine trees we had growing in pots either side of the pergola have now been moved to the flower bed. They were getting too big anyway and they provide a big statement in the newly planted bed. An unforeseen bonus has been the shadows they create on the artificial turf, making it look less artificial somehow. Something else was needed for the pergola, so hanging baskets now hang either side.

The landscaped garden - from the pergola to the dining deck

They look good from the pergola looking towards the dining deck too.

The landscaped garden with lush planting

As well as the pine trees in the raised bed I’ve planted climbers, grasses, tree palms, a peony and some other small shrubs. I wanted it to look lush with a variety of greens and texture. They look lovely highlighted against the tree bark chippings.

the landscaped garden - corner of the pergola

And it’s all been finished in time to enjoy the best of the summer months. I can’t tell you what a joy it is to walk out in the morning in bare feet. The artificial turf is like a carpet and there are no muddy bits that need outdoor shoes. I can hang the washing out, inspect the plants, play with the dog, and have my morning cuppa in a clean and tidy space. And. The BF has even hung a new garden hose on the wall so that watering the plants every evening is an enjoyable and easy task.

 

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Chitra

    May 31, 2018

    Hi… love your reed screening .. and would like to ask what the name of the pine tree is? It is lovely!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 31, 2018

      Thank you. I think they are Japanese Black Pines but I’m not 100% sure 🙂

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    Stacey Sheppard

    May 26, 2018

    Carole I just love your garden. It’s absolutely stunning. I’d be extremely happy with a garden like yours. The pergola is just perfect and I especially love the reed screen to create some shade. Our deck is unbearably hot come mid afternoon so I’m currently trying to figure out how we can create some shade too.

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      deardesigner

      May 27, 2018

      Aww, thanks Stacey. Have you thought about a sail shade? Might be good for your deck. 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    May 26, 2018

    I ADORE your garden – I think you’ve done a spectacular job and it just looks so beautiful! It’s so hard to be patient when it comes to gardens because you have to wait for things to mature to finally see what it looks like. It took us 7 years before we were truly happy with our garden as it was fully mature by then and then we moved! *facepalm* Thankfully, we’ve inherited a very mature garden which is lovely but we are still thinking about what we want to do to make it our own. Your garden is so inspirational, lots of heart-eyes here 😉 xxx

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      deardesigner

      May 26, 2018

      Aww, thanks hun. You’re right it is going to take time to be exactly how want it. I’m so impatient! xx

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    Oldfashionedsus

    May 25, 2018

    Defo stealing that reed screening idea for my pergola! Looks amazing!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 25, 2018

      Thanks Susie. It’s not a permanent solution sadly. Ours does need replacing now but it’s easy enough to do. x

  5. Reply

    Geraldine

    May 25, 2018

    Your garden looks wonderful. I need a pergola / shade like yours x

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 25, 2018

      It’s a godsend G. We used to bake in our garden before we built it. x

  6. Reply

    Candy Pop

    May 25, 2018

    Oh my goodness, it’s stunning. I bet you’re thrilled to have such a gorgeous space to enjoy the summer months in! x

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 25, 2018

      Thank you. Must admit I keep pinching myself at the moment. x

  7. Reply

    karen jones

    May 25, 2018

    Love it Carole ! We are in the same boat, living in our home for 13 years and just this year having the time and funds to get round to the garden. Love your Pergola and choice of plants. X

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 25, 2018

      Thanks Karen. Good luck with your garden project x

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