Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Frugal Gardener 4

Today I would like to share more of my garden with you.  Like I told you before, I am working with a relatively small lot size.  We have a large pool and a small hillside slope so I have maximized the flat space we have by creating little "garden rooms" around every corner.  Not only is our patio brick, but I have lots of defined areas with brick planters as well.  This keeps the wildness looking a little more controlled.  If you would like to see parts 1, 2 and 3 of this post click here  Frugal Gardener 1,   Frugal Gardener 2, and Frugal Gardener 3

I'm not much of a cook unless the marinade or seasoning comes out of a packet so I have never had a vegetable garden, but last year I put in my version of an herb garden in  this big old pot I picked up at a sale.  The herbs are still thriving this year.
These grape ivies and coleus pots thrive under the patio cover.  I mixed the coleus and sweet potato vines in the same pots and they make a nice display of green color.  These have been in the same pots now for four years and they are still looking beautiful.  I just fertilize in early spring and that carries them all year.

I love mirrors reflecting the plants. 

This enormous pot holds my New Dawn climber.  Something red volunteered on the bottom.  Not sure where that came from, but it's pretty so I let is stay.

I like to keep lots of guardian angels around.  One of these cute little guys is actually cement and the other one I purchased from a fellow dealer.  I fell in love with it.  It's your average ordinary resin-type statue, but brilliant Elaine spray painted it with a can of stone spray paint.  It looks like the real deal, doesn't it?  I tried it on a couple of my other pieces and pots and it really works.  It's a little expensive for a can, around $7, but it covers a lot of area.  Here is a blank wall that got covered with a trellis and a climber.

The chair below was one of three I found.  I sold two and realized this chair perfectly matches my birch tree trunk.  It was a match made in heaven so there they sit together.  Every year I pot a ton of white petunias.  I love my petunia pots.  They get quite profuse.

I usually have a shutter or a metal piece sitting amongst my plants to get some age to them before I sell them.  Notice the metal plant stand in the corner with my little pots?  I just don't like bare walls or corners.  I like to add height and interest.

If you have never touched a lamb's ear plant, you are missing one of life's little pleasures.  I'll never have a garden without it.  One little plant will spread nicely and it is oh so soft.  I could hold it in my hands for hours.  It also adds a nice color contrast to the garden with its silvery green foliage.

I love ornate tall candelabras.  They add to the French cemetery look I love.  You can barely see the stand this one is sitting on in front of the birch trunk.

Here is one of my garden ruins.  If the Romans can have broken statues, so can I.

Here is another little ruin.  Broke right in half, but I'll never get rid of it.  "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."  How true is that?  This is a popcorn rose.  It gets little clusters of tiny white roses and it gets enormous.

I love the shades of green in this coleus plant.  This was a little iron accent table I found without a glass top.  It holds this pot perfectly and adds some height to my plants.  I recently treated myself to a new statue which I will be unveiling soon.  I need to find the perfect spot for her.  When I do I will be sure to share.  I hope you enjoyed the garden tour.  As always, I enjoy your visits. 

I'm partying at...

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs        The Graphics Fairy     Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Tutus and Tea Parties       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style         Ivy and Elephants        Faded Charm Cottage            
                                     Fine Craft Guild      
Thursdays        Embracing Change     The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    Fishtail Cottage
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    At the Picket Fence     Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Decorating Insanity
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           It's Overflowing


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just lovely, Maggie! I just found a three tier metal plant stand {that folds up} at Goodwill yesterday. It is nice and narrow so it will fit by my front door area at our condo. This gives me room for three more pots of flowers! I'll probably go see what I can find tomorrow to add to that. I love coleus. I always got a variety flat back in NY and this year I bought a few of the 4 inch pots and planted them up. They add some nice color and I use them in place of colorful flowers in areas where my husband gets freaky about bees {like the garage door}.

kathee said...

Maggie, thanks for taking me on your garden tour...such a lovely post to wake up to! You have inspired me to get back to my garden and start decorating...(it's been full of antiques waiting to get into the store). My husband and I finally finished a pole barn for all my "outside" stuff and the good furniture is now stored in my trailer...getting my porches back to meeeee! YAY! So today I get to pull out all my pots and Italian tole chairs and iron pieces and start decorating!! Can't wait~

talk to you soon girl~

Cozy Little House said...

I love the decor and plants in your yard. I wish I had a small space actually. I enjoy cozy little spots more than bigger ones. That mirror was a great idea!

Decor & Harmony said...

Love your outdoor space I adore all of the nooks and crannies. Thanks for sharing

Bliss said...

When I see your beautiful outdoor space I realize I don't know how to actually decorate an outdoor area!


Darla said...

You have creating some very nice areas. I too grow herbs just because, they are nice to rub against and smell when I am gardening.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Everything looks so lush and healthy! I am impressed. So pretty!

Heather Jacob said...

wow what a delightful garden full of spectacular little surprises around every corner x love it

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Hello Maggie!
First time visit here! Love all your vignettes! Your smart to plant things like you have! You've made great use of your space! Kudos!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Adoring all of your garden statuary! love it that you linked up to Fishtail Cottage's garden party this week! it's all so pretty! xoox, tracie

Fishtail Cottage said...

Adoring all of your garden statuary! love it that you linked up to Fishtail Cottage's garden party this week! it's all so pretty! xoox, tracie

Fishtail Cottage said...

Maggie...wanted to let you know you've been featured today over here on my blog! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend! xoxo