Before & After: Katarina's Rustic Garden

The Gardenist

This type of corner is so common in so many backyards. Unruly, untouched and unloved, it is just not very friendly. This transformation is satisfyingly sensitive to the tree that shades the area and provides structure and turns something quite unappealing into something that is very sophisticated. See the step-by-step transformation below.
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1) Paint fence and the wall white - this cleans up messiness and brightens the whole space. It also unifies the disparate vertical surfaces.

2) Weed and Prune, but not too much — leave a few things to climb the walls. Also be careful not to raise the canopy of the tree too much — having a low 'ceiling' in a garden is a really nice feeling.

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3) Install Cobblestone patio — Cobblestones are a great material for a small DIY project. They are easy to move, easy to work with and the end result has a lot of character.
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4) Finish with rustic wicker furniture, a pretty light in the tree and other decorative elements like baskets and squishy pillows.

If you read Swedish (or use google translate) — you can read a bit more about Katarina's project on her blog, En Gron Sida.

(Images: en gron sida)

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