Side garden makeover: 98% done!


Today is a big day.

Today is a happy day!!!

I blogged about the state of the side garden when we moved in 12 months ago.



The day we bought:

Side courtyard before the garden makeover

Side courtyard before the garden makeover

I knew when we bought the place we’d totally redo this space. I didn’t think the plants were children friendly (or ANY friendly) and wasn’t a really nice space to get out to.

I could handle the other half (no trees/shrubs half) myself fairly okay…

Side table in the courtyard

Side table in the courtyard

But what I hadn’t realised is that landscaping costs a motza! And this wasn’t work husband and I knew how to do ourselves (let alone complete ourselves!)… what with removing giant lava rocks, giant shrubs, poky palm stubs etc etc…

So last April, we dragged the in laws down from Sydney… and got to work:

Working in the side courtyard

Working in the side courtyard

Mum-in-law and dad-in-law are seasoned gardeners and in particular, mum-in-law has an inner gardener-drive that scares us me!

At the end of 2 days, we had a nice new canvas:

The undergrowth cleared!

The undergrowth cleared!

And in the last few months, we’ve seeded that area with grass, watched it grow… and we’ve discovered we got MONSTER GRASS! Husband has to mow that patch every 2.5 weeks!

But over the past week, I was determined to do something about the area… see the patch of earth RIGHT under the gables WILL NOT grow grass despite seeding, watering etc. It’s been roughly 5 months and NO grass will grow there. And it looked odd and ugly… Plus the grass that did grow had taken root and it was time to furnish the space :)

Today is the 98% mark!!!

Side garden all done up

Side garden all done up

We got some small gardenia plants and some giant concrete pots the same shade as the render on the house (lucky!) and a ton of pebbles. I also moved my little birdbath to the space. I wish the darn giant no-one-wants lava rock would just disappear… but until then, it’s part of the landscape. I got some cheapie solar garden lights as well and dotted them around the place.

Still need to plant the climbing star jasmines in yellow and whites against the wall… but otherwise, we’re done. Just mowing now.

Side garden all done up

Side garden all done up

Happy day.

26 August 2009
29 August 2009



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    26 August 2009

    Looks nice!!!! :) I love planters sitting in gravel like that! Good job!

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    27 August 2009

    thanks jessie, it's basic but it's how i like it. easy maintenance!!! how is your place coming along?!!?

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    3 September 2009

    Hey, it looks good! But I thought that the pot things were for the front of the house!At least H likes climbing the rock. :)Sue

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    28 March 2013

    It is right to say that garden makeover is digging. I love these tips. I recently remodel my garden withe the help of this post. Now it is looking much better than previously. Thanks!Landscape Contractors


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