Thursday, June 13, 2013

Back Yard Redo - Phase 2

I was ambitious this spring and after
giving up the battle of the weeds.

I took on a few projects in my back yard.
one was the checkboard patio (Phase 1).
(which I dearly love)

Then I had this revelation to do an herb
bed in the back.  I have always 
loved the structured English cottage knot gardens.

So after some pliminary planning I took
the leap of faith and phase 2 is over. 

The garden is 14' X 14' and would need
almost 50 dwarf shrubs to layout
the square design

I found dwarf  Boxwood which was naturally 
my favorite, but ouch, $6 - 7 a plant.

I knew I just needed a small leaved hedge
and one that would stay dwarf.  I found 
Helira at our local flea market for $3 each.

The soil was amended, amended and
amended more.

 The English cottage garden design
is all about synmetry and I chose
the traditional square with a X on the inside.

The center of my garden plays host
to a gift from my friend Pam many years ago.

I chose Artemisia to surround the
iron structure. Here in the deep south it is
easy to find Dusty Miller or Snow on the Mountain
Artemisia so I mixed the two.

I love the lace foliage of Artemisia
and the gray white color just
glistens in the garden

After the structure was in place then the
fun began and I was able to fill 
in with herbs.

I have a herb bed in the front cottage garden 
but I have enjoyed being able to pick
from the back.  This area gets only morning sun
so I shall see how everything grows.  

Our spring is over this week the weather has been
in the 90's so my garden planning is over 
until at least fall.

My Phase 3 in my Backyard makeover is
a shade bed running along my fence line.
I have mostly moss, ferns and hosta.  I will feature
this bed in another post. For now I can't wait to
check out what your garden projects have been.
Enjoy!  Lets Garden Hop! Kathy
 Yvonne @ Stonegable  for Tutorials - Tips and Tidbits Thursday
Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here for Open House Party on Thursdays
Katherine @ Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
Niki @ The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday
Kathy @ A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
Richella @ Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Pamela @ From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Desirie @ The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party Thursday
Linking to: Cottage Garden Party, Home and Garden Party


  1. You're so smart to do things in phases! Could you come to my house and do some garden planting, please?? :)

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  2. Your garden is beautiful! I used to have Dusty Millers at our old house. They are always so pretty. I know what you mean about the heat...we're in the upper 90's now and it'll be that way until probably the end of September. :)

  3. Kathy - I love your English inspired garden. It looks great and you have done it reasonably, too. Perfect-xo Diana

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  7. I love artemisia too. My daughter has some and I admired it recently with thoughts of buying some the next time I saw it. I enjoyed how you planned and planted your garden. You have given me some ideas. Of course, I know now that the heat is here full force I won't be doing any major work. My yard is way too large for me but I love it. It was a wonderful spring and lasted longer than usual.

  8. You have created a nice formal English cottage style garden. It will look nice when filled in.

  9. Loving your new herb bed and the backyard is coming together beautifully.....To all of Kathy's readers, I happen to be one that has the pleasure of visiting the "Tiny Cottage on Grand" in person and let me tell you it is ALWAYS amazing inside and out!!!!!

  10. I love an herb garden. Feeds the senses. I have to tell you that you have such a pretty blog header. It is gorgeous.

  11. Dear Kathy! HI THERE! Speaking of Boxwood, I have tons of them here in Minnesota, and they do so well! With lots of loving care (just make sure you water them enough), they should grow so lush and beautiful. I enjoy them right about now as they grow new leafs and are so neon green after the rain! I love your dog Jake! He is precious.

    Many thanks for coming by to visit! Don't ya just love blogging? Anita

  12. I am with you on doing things in phases, but I do it that way because if it is not fun...I am not doing it. Who wants to kill themselves to rush to get things done...not me! Your garden is wonderful...I love the groupings and the color mixes you did. Beautiful garden!

    P.S. don't forget to toss your used coffee grounds around too...I noticed you said you had to amend amend amend....used coffee grounds will also help.



  13. All your hard work is showing through! Your garden is beautiful!

  14. You are well on your way to the perfect English garden! I can't wait to see how it grows this summer! I'm a new follower!


  15. Good luck with all your gardening! I found you over at my friend Karen Valentines blog & thought I'd visit a few new blogs. When I saw your garden I was jealous! We just moved into a new (to us anyway) house & my yard is a mess! I envy you being at this stage. Maybe next year for me. Now, it's too hot to start anything new here in Texas.

  16. What a lovely garden with such an interesting design. I'm afraid mine is more of a hodgepodge of things!


  17. Hi Kathy,
    What a beautiful garden!
    I had to look back and check out the checker
    patio and I am so glad I did!
    You have a beautiful blog♥♥

  18. This looks gorgeous - love the Artemesia round the wrought iron structure - looks elegant - your garden plans are coming along beautifully! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  19. I love formal English style gardens and yours looks wonderful! I'm sure your hard work will pay off for your reap the rewards. :)

  20. It looks great! I love the English gardens! I am now your newest follower :)


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