While the stepping stones leading to the porch of the home held some charm, the lack of foliage made the entry look unwelcoming.
Measuring a generous 14 feet wide by 8 feet tall, the Craftsman-style arbor lends stature to this Seattle front yard, where mixed evergreen plants and boxwood shrubs further enclose the entry.
While exposed pots are convenient and appropriate for decks and entryways, they were unsightly in this front yard and took up potential gardening space.
Choosing compact or slow-growing cultivars of trees and shrubs helps maintain proper planting designs in small areas. The homeowner's plantings include barberry, ilex, and dwarf Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’.
The unkempt and poorly cared for backyard was unappealing and unexciting.
A courtyard seating area nestled between the homeowner's sheds and the backyard fence hosts Hinoki cypress, nandina shrubs, a pink-flowering dahlia, and a tapestry of bedding plants. A neighbor's giant cedar tree provides a borrowed green backdrop for the pale to hot pink floral palette.
The homewoner welcomed art with a story into her backyard by propping a cottage door on a brick threshold, both originally from her father's home and garden.
This barn-style shed does more than just store Christmas ornaments. Painted in the shade of sage green to echo the home's exterior, this tiny building was a missed opportunity to feature plants, furnishings, and artwork.
An umbrella-covered dining set can accommodate several friends for a garden party on the patio between the bungalow and the barn-style storage shed. The small footbridge connects the pathway with the patio and serves as a transition between two distinct garden spaces. The vintage clothesline unwinds from its reel and stretches to a hook on the fence.