Patio Landscaping Ideas
I’m sure you remember my beautiful rock terrace, or multi-level patio, right outside my back door here at Big Creek. I’ve been hit with some exciting patio landscaping ideas, thanks to some beautification Coach and I did last weekend in that area. Isn’t it amazing how doing some simple cleaning up can spur ideas for something bigger and better?
Patio Landscaping Ideas
This trouble spot has just been an ugly eye-sore for so long, and Coach and I have been talking about cleaning it up and mulching it forever. It’s just a patch of dirt between the shop building and the sidewalk leading up to the chicken coop. I don’t have many ‘before’ pictures, but this one definitely gives you an idea of how boring and bare this spot was.
There’s too much shade for anything to grow in that spot, and the dogs have always loved to stretch out there and nap (I think they’re hoping for some fresh chicken). As you can see, this spot also loved to collect leaves, which brings mosquitos! Ick! I’m loving what we have done here so much better than mulch, and I have big patio landscaping ideas brewing in my head! Here’s an after shot, for comparison.
Home Depot had a big sale on Memorial Day, including 5 bags of mulch for $10, and 4 bags of this smooth little pea gravel for $10. We hadn’t even thought about putting pea gravel there until we saw it on sale! We did cash in on the mulch, too, and have since finished up the flower beds on the rock terrace, but as soon as I saw the pea gravel a light-bulb went on in my head! How perfect would that look in our little “no-man’s land” next to the shop?
Coach is full of patio landscaping ideas. He knew just what to do! First, he dug a little trench along the edge of the sidewalk so we could make a border of bigger rocks to hold the pea gravel in. He also put down some old newspaper underneath the rocks to keep weeds from growing there. It was a simple project that made a big impact…it looks so much cleaner and more groomed!
More Creative Ideas
My plan? I’m going to have a gnome village garden there! Big Creek needs a gnome village garden, don’t you think? I haven’t done much more than a few sketches of things I’d like to see in my village, but I definitely have a vision. The outer wall of the shop is made of tin, and will make an awesome canvas for me to paint a sweet little scene as a backdrop for my gnome and fairy town. I’m imagining houses, stores, paths, and possibly even a creek or river running through it all. I’m just full of patio landscaping ideas, and not just your run-of-the-mill flowers and mulch. I want paint, gnome garden decor, and tiny little architecture!
I can’t wait to get started…but wait I will, because we’re expecting temps in the high 90’s for the rest of this week. It’s going to have to cool off considerably before I’ll be caught out there trying to paint the backdrop for my miniature gnome garden. I can begin construction on some of the tiny dwellings, maybe some park benches and other cute little things, while I’m indoors in the air conditioning. I’ve already started collecting supplies!
Can you picture it, too?
What kind of patio landscaping ideas do you have? Do you like to get creative, or do you prefer your outdoor spaces more symmetrical and tidy? I’m looking forward to doing something really fun with this spot, which was once just an afterthought, and not really part of our patio landscaping at all. I think the chickens will love my ideas!
This post is linked up with Create Link Inspire, Wonderful Wednesday, Thursday Favorite Things, #FoodieFriDIY, Sweet Inspirations and Over the Moon!
June 8, 2016 @ 9:21 am
Cute idea! I wish I were creative like that.
June 8, 2016 @ 4:25 pm
Ha! You are!!
June 8, 2016 @ 10:42 pm
Great idea! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. 🙂 gwingal
June 9, 2016 @ 10:02 am
Neither can I! Lol! It will form right along with my whims and ideas, I’m sure! Thanks for stopping in!
June 10, 2016 @ 9:32 pm
You and Coach did a great job; it looks wonderful. I can’t hardly wait to see how you will transform this into a fairy and gnome village!??So excited and hope you will keep your readers posted on your progress☺️. I will look forward to eagerly following the progress!
June 10, 2016 @ 9:39 pm
You know I will! You’ll just have to be patient, because it’s way too hot to be out there with a paint brush right now! Lol! I’m excited about it! 🙂
June 11, 2016 @ 2:58 pm
That is the perfect spot for a fairy and gnome village I think! The gravel looks great and so clean! I can’t wait how this spot will turn out, but so far it’s already really nice!
June 11, 2016 @ 9:53 pm
Thank you so much! It was a pretty quick project with big results. 🙂
June 12, 2016 @ 4:50 pm
I love your idea about a fairy garden, such a great idea! Some shade loving hosta plants would help with a tree like atmosphere for them if you want to add a couple. They love the shade and the less sun they get the slower they’ll grow. The rock wall and accents are beautiful, love that look. I bet it’s gonna be great when you’re done!
June 12, 2016 @ 7:06 pm
Thank you! We have tons of hosta in other beds; great idea! I could just rob from what we already have! I can’t wait to get started, but it’s crazy hot here right now. Soon!!
June 13, 2016 @ 2:22 pm
We have a strip just like yours that we’ve turned into a fairy village. It’s perfect! It’s so much fun to create little houses and gardens. We even strung some solar twinkle lights up as tiny street lamps, so it lights up every night. Have fun!
June 13, 2016 @ 5:54 pm
Oh wow! Great idea! I’m excited to see where it takes us. 🙂
June 13, 2016 @ 3:42 pm
Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick from my Commenters at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me on Wednesday evening and to see your feature and grab your badge! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.
June 13, 2016 @ 5:54 pm
Thank you Marilyn!!
June 15, 2016 @ 8:44 pm
I need some landscaping ideas. We have no walkways and not much landscaping at all around our house. Haven’t been able to make it a priority yet. I found you through the linkup party.
June 16, 2016 @ 7:00 am
I’m glad you stopped by! Where I live, rocks are plentiful. It’s easy (and inexpensive) to include them in our landscaping! I do love blooms and greenery, too. 🙂
June 23, 2016 @ 11:12 am
What a great fountain. Love the landscaping.
Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party,
June 23, 2016 @ 6:54 pm
Thank you! It’s my favorite spot. 🙂
July 9, 2016 @ 9:01 pm
You really improved that no-mans land. I look forward to seeing your gnome village come together.
July 11, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Thanks! I’m still in the planning stages. Lol!