Monday, July 23, 2012

Back Garden Makeover Continued: More before and after

I've been reading Joe Eck's Elements of Garden Design this summer, and one of the first things he talks about in the book is deciding on the garden's "intention." That is, what is the garden supposed to be, what is it supposed to make you feel like...

A couple of summers ago I saw a garden in Dallas called The Pump House, and I was very moved by it, in part because of the way it reminded me of a desert cantina. I'm not sure that's what that particular garden's intention was supposed to be, but it made me realize that that is what I want my garden's intention to be--to have a sort of desert cantina/Texas hill country bier garten effect on the psyche, if you will. So this is the direction I've been going with the hardscaping.

On Saturday a friend came over and saw the garden, and without any prompting from me, she started talking about how it reminded her of places in the hill country of Texas. So I guess I'm headed on the right track...

Before (for those of you haven't been following, it looks this bad because of drought and house construction mess):




After:




I won't lie, I'm using drought-proof garden structure to replace plants. Next up: I build some outdoor kitchen counters.

22 comments:

  1. Hey, a woman after my own heart! A little galvanized metal makes the garden sing. I love your corrugated screens and cantina lights. Great ambiance!

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  2. Nothing says cantina like galvanized metal!

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    1. Can't you just hear the ranchera music?

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  3. How lovely ! it's quite a difference from before ! Love the blue water pot !

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  4. Susan, I love it! The corrugated screens are fantastic.

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    1. The best part about them is that they are drought-resistant. ;-)

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  5. Those screens really are awesome! And drought-resistant? Well, boy howdy, that makes them even more awesome!

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    1. I know, even if my plants all die, which obviously, is what started this whole makeover, the garden will still look like a garden!

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  6. Oh My! What definition and "POP" the panels add to your space! Very creative use of humble materials! Right up my alley! Love reading about all of your projects. Such energy you have, Susan!

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  7. That looks so good. Love those corrugated panels to give the Hill Country vibe you are going for.

    The lights, the fountain, the hardscape, it's all so good.

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  8. It says Texas to me. I really like the lighting also.

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  9. Thanks, Les. It's a poor substitute for living in a place that's as beautiful as your part of the country, but it'll do in a pinch.

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  10. Need a bottle of Shiner on the table!

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  11. Just needs a bottle of Shiner on the table.

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  12. It has been an amazing transformation! Ah yes, just saw the comment above...a Shiner Bock is most necessary!

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  13. Wow, what a difference a little galvanized panel makes! I totally want to come up and drink a beer with you there :) Especially love the bottom two photos, and how you added a panel behind the overflowing fountain to emphasize its focal point importance. Good job!

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