I have gotten bit by the gardening bug & it has been whispering into my ear...
First, the back story: I met my house 1.5 years ago - the gardens were bare - full only of 2 cedar globe bushes, a tiny weigela, a purple sand cherry, a hosta & 2 other bush types. The path flooded into a stream with every rain fall. The wooden step turned into a slip'n'slide at the slightest moisture. None of this really bothered me. It was easy to maintain and I was content painting the interior of the house... Until recently.
Now - I am ready for a change. I am ready for colour. I am ready for pretty, pretty flowers.
I know my basic design: informal country inspired perrenial garden: lower maintenance, lots of colour & year round (or at least as year round as Canada gets.) I want it to take over everything - be wild & free! But still be functional & practical for winter shovelling & use.
I have scoured the web & come up with a few inspirations of my vision to come.
A flagstone path by Cottage Charm Landscaping:
Or this one from Pandorea...:
Or even this with enough patience (found at Denver Botanical Garden):
Maybe recycled brick with how-to on Ben Riddering:
Or this one at Craftsman Remodelling with added flagstone pieces & mossy goodness:
Or do I want something more organic like Maggie at My Garden:
Even this one from Puddleduck Musings:
The overall garden of Empress of Dirt:
Including her rock edging:
Of course I would need a pickett fence, like this one from Better Homes & Gardens:
And natural stone edging as seen at The Garden Artist:
The ideas really are unlimited! This is going to be so much fun!