Let's start with hiding the trashcans.
Ranking #2 on the list of questions my clients ask is how to hide trash cans, HVAC units, meter boxes, well heads--all those eye sores around the house. The solution, to my client's way of thinking, is never cheap. Elaborate fences, major plantings, stone walls, you name it. So, this inexpensive (even the pots aren't pricey), and completely charming idea, artfully done by Pat and Joe Webb of Brevard, should be inspiration for us all.
The Webb's, retired antique dealers (Barclay-Scott Antiques) and furniture re-finishers (Ancient City Refinishing) from St. Augustine, Florida know something most landscapers and new-to-gardening folks don't. It doesn't have to be new or costly to make an impact. Recycled and used work great in the garden, too.
And, a garden doesn't have to be matchy-match (a real design term). From the labyrinth container in their front yard to the potting shed in the back yard, the Webb's garden is so much dang fun.
a Labyrinth & Appalachian garden Shed, totally want this
The Webb's said the garden shed, which is constructed of local locust wood, tin roofing and windows from an eastern North Carolina farm, was a whim. They were looking for their next project. This was it, a functional (they use it to store garden tools and start seeds), and yes, looks-like-it-is-straight-out-of-the-Appalachian-mountains, shed. It is their newest, and yet another Pinterest-worthy part of their garden.
Even Better, Mix it up. classical statues & veggie gardens
The Webb's garden is full of charm and surprises. Every corner has something to delight and surprise the visitor. Visit more than once and you're sure to find all sorts of things you missed the visit before. But, functionality is a part of the overall design. The vegetable garden doesn't detract from the patio seating area, it adds to it.
Swooning: moss gardens & what to do with broken pots
This house and garden were built at the same time, and functionality was a consideration. This herb rail and garden pictured below are immediately outside of the kitchen. It's a sunny spot, perfect for herbs, and because it is close to the kitchen, they're more likely to use the herbs.
the herb garden we all want
The Webb's garden is actually quite small. It encircles the house incorporating all sides for purposes of beauty and function. Gardens don't have to be elaborate to be enjoyed. They can be simple, functional and charming. The Webb's have achieved all three.
Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach, blog writer, and outside sales.
BB Barns serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, and Tennessee.