I had the privilege to spend two days in the backyard of garden designer Clay Andrews‘ home in North Carolina last week. It was like a mini-oasis, thoughtfully and wonderfully planned and bustling with one idea after another that any novice gardener would love to have in their own backyard. I’ve been having so much fun with my new Blackberry with its built in camera, that I couldn’t help but take tons of snapshots and share them with you.
The small walkway from the driveway to the backyard featured these whittled posts with terra cotta pots on top filled with bonsai trees. It’s such an unusual and natural way to display the plants without it become too strong of a focal point. It also gives “purpose” to the walkway from being just a connector from Point A to Point B, to something of a gallery space if you really think about it.
If you read Daily Danny often, you know I’ve been obsessed with this idea of turning my roof into a living roof, full of growing and thriving succulents/sedums. But as I try to figure out a less expensive way to transform my roof, I am still a fan of the easy-to-grow plants. I love how Clay incorporated them into this repurposed planter, showing the wide variety of colors and varieties available and using simple gravel as a dirt cover.
The garden is full of DIY resourceful ideas most of us can do. Many of us have garden hoses that we’re not quite sure what to do with. Sure, there are lots of garden hose holders and organizers for sale in the market, but often they are even more of an eyesore than the host itself! Here, a simple zinc pot is repurposed into a holder, with a hole drilled on the bottom for the connector part of the hose to connect to the faucet. Just lift the nozzle, pull and the hose comes right out. It’s a smart idea to fill it with gravel to weigh it down a bit, too.
Speaking of gravel, another idea is just to fill a galvanized bucket with rocks and use it as a backyard umbrella holder. No need for heavy patio umbrella stands or special tools. Just fill with heavy rocks, use the existing hardware, and enjoy your backyard shade.
The small garage transformed into a potting shed. The minute I saw this, I knew this would be the perfect backdrop for our shoot. I wished the entire time I was there that THIS was actually my garden. The hard part of my job is that I get to go to so many amazing homes and then I start to think about how I wish my house was like this. I constantly have home envy. It’s bad.
Yes, even a driveway can look like this.