Location: Encinitas, CA
Type of space: Yard, patio and walkways
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: We enjoy our space year round since we live in San Diego. My daughter has her own table and benches set outside so she can eat and do projects outside. She also has a toy box and herb containers which she finds fun to watch grow. We are always eating outdoors and playing outside. Our adirondack chairs and chaise lounges are good for relaxing in or for eating on our laps which we do with trays we have for this use. Our yard and walkways are easy to maintain and will become more lush when our plants mature and grow.
How did you create it? When we moved in to our house two years ago there were just a few plants and grass, and the side yards consisted of only dirt. The front yard and the back yard also were not connected. We decided to put in pavers on the skinny side yard so we could store our garbage cans and barbeque here and removed the wooden gate with a wrought iron gate which my husband made. We then made a walkway in the other side yard, tore down the fence so the front and back yard could be all one and planted drought tolerant plants over here and laid down rocks to prevent mud being tracked in the house from our puppy and two year old. We also installed a fence in our front yard with flower pots on them. We planted a lot of drought tolerant plants along the back fence and along the front walkway which is separated by a wall from a tiny patio off of our home office. We planted most of our plants when they were pretty small and look forward to when they grow in more which in San Diego will not take long.
Recommended store, site, product or resource? Local garden shops for plants, www.lovemypatio.com and www.overstock.com for Adirondack chairs, www.potterybarnkids.com for kid set and Crate & Barrel outlet and www.amazon.com for rest of furniture