Something that’s taken me by surprise over the last month is my interest in landscaping. My Mom has always had a green thumb, and she even planted two beds in our yard last summer, but I didn’t start to take to the hobby until this spring.
I’ve been searching for ways to express my creativity while quarantined, and this has become one of them. As we take a pause on interior design (we recently wrapped up plans for our guest bedroom and sunroom), my attention has turned to our outdoor spaces. Today I thought I’d share the places and photographs I’m using to inspire our landscaping design along with some pretty planters and garden accessories for your own.
How I Start Any Creative Project
I like to gather inspiration prior to embarking on a new project. Typically I’ll create a Pinterest board, which gives me a high-level view of what I’m drawn to and allows me to notice trends. From there, I’ll organize my ideas and create a direction for the project rather than jumping straight to action items. I find that the outcome of any creative endeavor (outfit styling, coffee table decor, a new hairstyle, etc.) is much better when I take the time to do this. Here are the three trends I’m noticing from my boards.
1. Aiming for Balance
One of the main patterns I noticed from my inspiration board is that I’m drawn to exteriors that balance structure and wilder shapes. Landscapes that are totally freewheeling with tall grasses, mixed colored blooms, and overflowing flower beds have their own appeal, but I think they become a little messy without the structured backdrop and context of evergreens, fences/arbors, and manicured shrubs that you often see in traditional southern and french country landscaping.
2. Keeping with a Neutral Palette
The second thing I noticed, which came as no surprise, is that I was drawn to a neutral palette with evergreens serving the backdrop for flowers and grasses with whites, silvery hues, and muted tones, like lavender.
3. Tying in Meaningful Places
I tend to go out of my way to make little things in my life have meaning. All my projects take more time because of this, but the end result is undoubtedly more special. I could choose practically anything to install here in North Carolina (we have a great planting zone), but I’d rather be picky and select those that have sentimental value to us as a family. That’s why I’m taking inspiration from Pippin Hill, the vineyard where we were married (limelight hydrangeas, boxwoods, and flower beds), and California, where we lived for two years (lavender, herb box, and neutral tones). We’ll probably incorporate popular varieties from our home states (mine is N.C. and David’s is Mississippi) as well.
French Country Landscaping: Planters, Pots, and More
These are my favorite french country landscaping and gardening accessories for a romantic yet structured touch at home.