June 29, 2011

A Pretty Spot In The Veggie Garden

I've had a space in the veggie garden begging for my attention.

It's directly opposite the entrance gate and the perfect spot to accent.  I had placed a bench and a birdhouse in an attempt to pretty it up.  An improvement - yes, but still seemed like a whole lot of privacy fence to look at.  Not the look I was going for.
I needed something to break up all that fence and give the eye something to focus on until the plants in the garden had time to grow and take some of the pressure off this spot.

I enlisted the help of two trellis panels.  They were black, which doesn't show up in the garden well, so I painted them white.  Then using leftover edging bricks I made a narrow long bed along the base of the fence.  Next I transplanted a clematis vine into the space and wove it around the trellis.  After replacing the bench (which helps keep the clematis base in the shade - which it loves) and adding a few other elements I now have a space that looks like this!

The vine seems to like it's new location.  I'll need to eventually add another one to fill in the other side of the trellis, but I'm still figuring out what to add.  I did try planting a few morning glories but I think I soaked the seeds too long.  Maybe I'll have better luck next year.

The bench was given to me by my mother a few years back.  I love how the paint is chipping off, leaving behind perfectly pretty weathered wood.

The birdhouse I purchased at a garage sale years ago.  It's seen better days, but I love it's roughed up appearance.

I also added a rusty old bucket.  The bottom is almost all rusted out, but it works perfectly for an accent piece.

I love how all three play together so well.

So there you have it.  I really like how this turned out.  I think I achieved my goal, which is a great feeling to have.

Hope you all have a great day.



  1. It's a beautiful focal point now...and I love the pop of purple.

  2. Looks great! You did an awesome job moving the clematis and weaving it up the trellis. I love the chippy bench and the bird house is so cute. Love it all!



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