My Plans for a Secret Garden Patio in Unused Yard Space

My Plans for a Secret Garden Patio in Unused Yard Space

It’s a good thing the back of our garage isn’t visible to anyone except us, because it’s an embarrassing sight.

It’s a junk storage zone, complete with two huge antique windows, a gas can, a broken bike, a broken storm door, some sheet metal, two kayaks, and lots of trash.

If you stand on the side of my guest house, right in front of my garden with my vintage bike with a flower crate, this is the sight you see.

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One day last fall while I was watering plants, I looked at that disgraceful spot and decided to transform it into my own secret garden this year.

Other than my family, not a soul can see it, so it’s the perfect spot for privacy to enjoy breakfast in the morning, or really anytime.

When I told my husband my plan, he jumped all over it and started clearing away all of the junk and trash while I went flower shopping.

My Plans for a  Secret Garden Patio in Unused Yard Space | www.knickoftime.net I loaded up on perennial and annual flowers.

My Plans for a  Secret Garden Patio in Unused Yard Space | www.knickoftime.net

I bought new flowers for my junk garden in front of the shed turned guest house.

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When I got home I rounded up two antique wash pans and planted two types of alyssum in them.  The one on the right is a bedding plant.  The left one I planted seeds.

My Plans for a  Secret Garden Patio in Unused Yard Space | www.knickoftime.net  We were gone for a week helping one of my sons move to from Arkansas to New Mexico but the day after we got home he installed paver blocks where the seating will be.

 I found some inspiration photos on Pinterest and came up with a tentative list of project ideas.

PROJECTS:

  • Paint wall
  • Add brick pavers for seating area
  • Add chairs and table
  • Move the reurposed work table potting bench to this area
  • Screen door trellis
  • Add hanging planters on wall
  • Add potted plants on ground
  • Add spilled bucket of planted flowers
  • Add hanging lanterns
  • Add a stenciled sign
  • Install a water feature

Painted flower pots on a fence. Such a great (and pretty idea!

(source unknown)

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(sourceHouse Beautiful)

I wish I could put in an amazing pond, but it was this bistro set that caught my eye.  I think I’m going to order it.

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(source – Walmart)

My Plans for a  Secret Garden Patio in Unused Yard Space | www.knickoftime.net

(source – Better Homes and Gardens)

I’m sure I won’t get all the projects done for my garden patio, but I’m going to give it a try!

Vaya con Dios,

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Comments

  1. Angie,
    Love the whole idea of the Secret Garden (also my favorite childhood book) . Great little bistro set and the whole plan sounds great ! I’m sure it will be a favorite quiet space.

  2. Teddee Grace says:

    This sounds like the most fun project! Best of luck…and so wonderful you have your husband’s help and support. I’m looking forward to the next installment(s).

  3. Sounds wonderful, will be looking forward to your updates on it.

  4. Marilee Hird says:

    Sounds wonderful! Living where I do, privacy is hard to come by, so I envy you. Enjoy – and please share!

  5. That sounds like a great plan, Angie! Have fun with the projects! This will become a lovely secret garden.

  6. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I like your ideas and it is a nice private place, it’s already looking better. Glad your doing this, mine looks worse but have been wanting to do something there, so am anxious to see how it looks and hope you don’t mind if i steal a few ideas. Thanks and have fun.

  7. JaneEllen says:

    Your private space already looks promising, all the pretty flowers are great start and with that bistro set, how wonderful it will be. When do we get to see the reveal?
    Looks like you are doing much better since your stroke, if planning outdoor spaces and helping your son move are any indications, sure hope so.
    Seeing and hearing about your private space inspires me to make one in front corner of our front yard under couple nice shady trees. Put some pallets down for the floor and couple chairs/table we’ll have it ready Now to convince Mr.Furry.

  8. I think you will love it and I can’t wait to see.

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