I’m a sucker for a good Pinterest inspo photo. So when I saw these cozy English garden-inspired backyards, I felt the nagging pull to start nagging my husband about it.
I wanted flagstone with clouds of ground cover blooms around the perimeter Let me be the first to tell you…I did NOT get flagstone. When we no longer have toddlers and dogs that trash our yard, I’ll splurge on expensive landscaping. Until then, I’ll be doing the as seen on TV version. And that’s fine.
(Pictured above is our DIY budget saver patio)
Now in the spring, I’ll probably give it a border of perennials but I’m happy with the end product. I also plan to build some planters with lattice that extends over the fence so we can grow some vines for added privacy in select areas.
We found this concrete mold at Home Depot that gave us the faux stone look for cheap.
The process was pretty simple. It took us one evening to dig up the yard and nail down the shape and size we were going for. The next day (or two 🤷🏼♀️we have kids remember) we leveled out the dirt. When it was time to pour, the husband used Sakrete. Within a few minutes of filling a mold, the stones were firm enough to pull the mold away. So there’s no waiting or needing to buy several molds.
In the process of digging up the yard for this project, we made a minor discovery. Our house was built in 1900, right? Well apparently there used to be a stable on the back corner of our lot and we found the walkway leading out to the foundation.
We investigated around the fence and discovered the bricks go all the way back to a concrete foundation, complete with a brick floor. Once we finalize our plans for the storage building, we’re going to push that fence back and uncover the entire path and landscape around it. English garden vibes am I right?🍄🌷🌻