Friday, May 30, 2014

Backyard Landscaping Reveal

Around the first part of December we began what we thought would be a fairly quick landscaping project on the backyard.  When we moved into this house three years ago, the yard was a blank slate.  Nothing had been done other than it was graded and weeds were allowed to take over.  We had gone around and around for probably a year on what we wanted in the back.  We weren't in too much of a hurry since we were recuperating from the front yard project which is now two years ago.  Because we weren't doing too much hardscape we figured it wouldn't take too long.  Our landscaper even said maybe two months.

Well, here we are the end of May and it is finally finished and photo ready.  Keep in mind that all of the plants are babies.  This will look significantly different by the end of the summer.  If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen an occasional peek of my shed or fountain.

Here are a couple pictures of the first day.  The pile of rocks came from the other end of our property when we were working on the front yard.  We were trying to plan ahead.
Our ground is DG (decomposed granite) so a power shovel has to be used to dig.
 There were some crazy antics during the process.  
For example, these two were trying to lift these old barn beams up on their shoulders while standing on ladders!  I even got it on video. The rest of this post is going to be photo heavy.  There are also too many to post so, I may continue to post about this for a few days.
 As you walk down the stone steps from the front yard you enter the open part of the yard. We wanted it open and simple.  There are Palo Verde trees that have green bark and beautiful yellow flowers.  They are a little past their blooming prime at the moment.  They contrast beautiful with Red Bud trees which bloomed a month or so ago and the purple cactus.  Also in this section are grasses that will grow tall and sway in the breeze, which we have an abundance of.

My big fountain is in this area which is made from an old culvert.  The birds LOVE this fountain. This is the same area where you saw the big pile of boulders in the first picture.

When you look to the left you can see the pergola made from recycled barn beams from Vintage Timberworks.  We've strung cables across for the Lady Banks roses to climb upon.  There will also be strings of lights in the future.
Come back next week for the rest of the garden reveal.


  1. Wow, it looks awesome!
    Can't wait o see what comes next.

    M :)


    Perfect example of gardens with slope creating more interest than flat.

    Cannot wait to see more. Congrats on everything.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  3. It looks great! I can't wait to see the roses when they grow across those wires laced with lights. That will be magical at night. :-)


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