Recently I realized that I have never blogged about my parent’s beautiful home. They’ve lived here for 12 years, so I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me to put it on the blog before now. Since my home is still not blog worthy (sorry, y’all) I am going to give you a tour of my parent’s dream backyard today. It’s a stunner!
When we moved in right next door to my parents, I agreed to become the Special Events Coordinator for the whole neighborhood where we live. My dad has been wanting to throw a big neighborhood party in their backyard for years, so last weekend we finally made it happen. We put in hours of hotsweatymess time getting it whipped into shape for the party, but it definitely paid off in the end.
My main contributions were choosing the flowers for all the containers. Instead of typical pinks I chose to go with some different color combos in the planters. Yellow, purple and oranges were my choices this summer.
Two matching planters on either side of the stairs got this striking combo of Sunshine Ligustrum, a coral/ orange colored bougainvillea, and purple petunias. I LOVE the way these colors look together.
My mom loved the way that bright chartreuse green shines like a beacon in the shady areas, so we added it where ever we could find a spot for it.
This shady corner of the courtyard got planted with a mixture of hosta and caladiums.
And this little purple and green beauty… a Mona lavender plectranthus. Be sure to check out my Top Five Shade Loving Plants over on eBay if you’ve got a shady spot to fill in your garden.
This might be my favorite spot in the whole yard, because you can look out over the lake and build a fire in the firepit. My whole family loves the lake, so we have spent lots of nights out here roasting marshmallows and listening to the frogs and crickets sing. It’s kind of like a magical place tucked away from reality where you can forget all your worries for a minute.
There is a neighborhood walking trail along the edge of the lake, so I added these two blue slump pots to welcome any guests who arrive from the lake side.
I have one of these same blue pots at my house, and just love they way a trailing plant looks hanging out of them. To keep it simple I usually buy a trailing hanging plant and leave it inside the pot that it comes in to make it easier to water. Just stick it inside the pot, remove the hanger and call it a day.
My due date is August 17th, so I plan to spend the final days of this pregnancy floating right here in this pool and eating watermelon. I cannot get enough watermelon these days, and what better place to eat it than right here?
Purple delphinium are some of my favorite plants. They are perennial so hopefully they will come back year after year in this pot along with creeping jenny. I tried to add more perennials so hopefully next year won’t be as much work to get things planted.
Those bright yellow spiky flowers are called shrimp plants, and my mom couldn’t resist them. Planted along side a chartreuse coleus, trailing yellow Million bells and a yellow marigold, this is like a pot full of sunshine.
And sometimes instead of an elaborate container it’s just as easy to keep it simple and plant one of your favorites. Hydrangea are always perfect.
All that hard work paid off, because the party was a huge success. We had nearly 60 people in my parent’s backyard last Sunday afternoon, with tons of great potluck food and barbecue. Everyone had a great time, and hopefully my dad’s party meter is filled up for a long time.
So, now that the dream backyard tour is finished, it’s time for y’all to hop on over to a few of my friend’s blogs and check out even more Summer Home Tours! I’m teaming up with my fellow bHome app friends this week to bring you a whole week of summer home tours.
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