Summer is here, well kind of and it always gets me in the mood to whip the garden into shape. There are a few obstacles I have to overcome first. One, I have no idea what I’m doing in the garden and two, I rent so I don’t want to invest in a full-on landscaping extravaganza. With that in mind, I wanted to spruce things up with as little work as possible and without spending a fortune.
Doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, there is one main thing that I want to improve. I have this concrete wall I can see from the living room and I hate looking at! Ever since I’ve been living in the house I’ve wanted to cover it. I’m having flashbacks to my bathroom makeover. It sure is a challenge trying to make a small, ugly space bearable and that’s how I feel about this concrete area! I had a few ideas on how to deal with the concrete wall. Ideally I wanted to hang baskets and pots over it but the wall is a bit too wide for any hanging pots I found so I came up with a cheaper alternative. There were some old bricks lying around the place and I bought some wooden boards used for decking to create a ledge in front of the wall. I made sure the boards were already treated and suitable to be left outdoors.
With the ledge assembled all that was left were the plants and flowers. I relied solely on the sales assistant who was very helpful I have to say. I told him what I wanted and what I was putting together. And I did mention my lack of gardening skills!
As you can probably tell this is a work in progress and I’m hoping the plants actually grow and flourish. I need to add a bit more greenery and I have some herbs to plant as well. I’m still going to keep my eye out for an alternative to my makeshift ledge. I’m thinking an old bath tub would look great but for now, my little concrete corner is looking a bit more colourful and loved.