A Foldaway Trellis!
It’s hard to clean behind latticework, so a great alternative that allows you to get behind this wonderful garden accent is to make a hinged trellis that swings open!
Start by fastening a strip of 3/4-by-1-inch wood to the wall about one and a half feet from the ground. Screw hinge plates to the underside of the strip and the bottom of the trellis. Attach another wooden strip to the wall at the level of the trellis’s top crossbar. Screw metal eyes into the strip’s ends and metal hooks into the ends of the crosspiece so the trellis can be unhooked and pulled away.
It’s a fairly simple garden project to do and can be comleted in just an afternoon!
Caring for Lavender
Avoid the urge to cut back your lavender plants this winter in spite of their visual decline with the cold — wait for new growth to emerge in Spring before trimming and tidying up your lavender. It does not react well to hard pruning and may even rot if given a thick layer of organic mulch in winter. So be patient through this season, and the payoff will be beautiful and healthy Spring lavender!
Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Living is GardenWise!
Ease of movement and flow are essential when connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces. This can easily be achieved, especially in an older home, with a few inexpensive additions. Changing a door style from solid to french, and adding a few wooden stairs, will create the connection between the two spaces. Create areas in your outdoor space for entertaining, as well quiet conversation.
Here are before and after pics of a project we designed and installed in Georgetown, featured in Home & Design, that shows how a bare space can be transformed into a zen and beautiful outdoor getaway. The transformation of the interior is amazing.
By adding an arbor and a table and chairs, you’ll create an intimate sitting area and a gathering spot for friends & family. A water feature as a focal point by using an urn in a bed of decorative stones will add a couple of visuals while lending the wonderful soothing sounds of water. Strategically placed potted plants with bursts of color and texture will soften the space while lending to an oasis quality. A garden space with plantings and trees can nicely frame and enclose a space while blocking views to a neighbors yard or an alley.