Garden Tour – Container Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces

I love this time of year. The gardens are taking off, I started harvesting cool season vegetables and we are hanging outside so much more.

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Front Border

The front border is looking very green while it transitions to the mid-season spring blooms. The Catmint, Bearded and Siberian Irises are on the brink of blooming. My beautiful Peonies are not far behind. But right now, this garden is all about the Alliums! They look so good!!

I planted the front urns with Dwarf Alberata Spruces. Because the gardens are profuse with blooms during growing season, I love planting small conical evergreens in the front urns as a focal point.

Backyard Gardens

We spent most of our time in the backyard this week. We finished building a new fire pit area in an unused, debris-accumulating area of the property. Here’s a sneak peak of what it looks like:

View of the backyard berry garden and play area from the new fire pit area. I can smell that Everblooming Lilac from here!
First fire!
I’m taking a little break from container planting with my buddies in the fire pit area.

I also spent quite a bit of time pulling the deck together so it is ready for a good hang. Since adding a gazebo, I love sitting on this deck now. It is shaded, cool and feels like I’m at a country club!

In addition to pulling the deck together, I brought all of my houseplants outdoors to summer. They love being outside this time of year and reward me with abundant growth and good health. To learn more about houseplants, check out my blog on Easy Houseplant Care Tips.

Bodie loves hanging out on the upper deck as much as we do. The large green houseplant in this photo is a Philodendron. I bought it from Lowe’s about three years ago. When I purchased it, the plant was very small and had only five leaves. This houseplant is very easy to grow and lends a tropical feel to outdoor spaces.

In addition to creating outdoor living spaces, I also spent the week planting containers for the back decks and fire pit areas. I’ll blog some recipes for you in the next week but here are a few:

The plant of the week goes to this GORGEOUS Reblooming Lilac! It is astounding! It is covered in blooms and smells heavenly. The aroma is so strong, that I can even smell it from the new fire pit area. If you do not have this variety, run…do not walk to the nursery. It will take a few years to acclimate and develop a good root system, but is well worth the wait! Plant in full sun and it will reward you with prolific blooms. I am in love this shrub!

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me. If you missed few tours or want to see how much the garden has changed, you can see it here:

I hope you enjoyed checking out what’s blooming this week and look forward to sharing next week’s tour with you!

I would love to hear what you think! Please leave your ideas, comments & more below or contact me here. Be sure to find me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you for following along and touring the gardens with me. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo


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