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Create a summer oasis in your "backyard" with these easy steps

A corner lot means a ton of yard but no "backyard" or any privacy. I really wanted to create a space for relaxation and summer nights awash in florals and greenery. Can‘t wait to share with you how I turned our corner lot with a paved patio facing the street into a summer oasis.

Privacy was achieved with arborvitae to enclose the paver space, planted close enough to grow with no space between, which took 2 years for complete growth. Now 5 years later, they are so lush and provide a perfect backdrop.

A comfortable outdoor sectional in white and grey, coupled with an Aztec patterned outdoor rug anchor the space. A modern steel coffee table, some pillows and a Serena and Lily linen throw complete the look.

Accents like this pretty Safavieh garden stool, lantern, fern and florals add style and coziness.

A firepit table nearby for those cool summer nights can easily be used as a regular table with its cover. On an especially chilly night, the firepit table can be moved and placed instead of the modern outdoor cocktail table. String lights create a pretty ambiance in the evening, hung from the covered patio of the home.

The crystals in the firepit are such a pretty color, but often this is kept covered and this table is used for eating, and kids activities.

Across the way is this pretty covered patio, with a french country summery vibe. An oval mirror, and pretty color combos prevail to allow a nice reflection of the patio.

Nighttime ambiance is key for those warm, lazy and relaxing summer evenings. String lights, fairy lights and candles burning in lanterns all instill a mesmerizing and calming effect.

Finally, florals in planters is the last way to add lots of pretty color and introduce any sort of vibe, from French garden to tropical depending on what is planted. In the spring, I love planting some annual Petunias, geranium, and begonias. Also, perennial peonies, firewitch, lupine, bearded lilies and azaleas provide color and beauty.

In the summer annuals such as hibiscus, and perennials like baby roses and a variety of Hydrangeas steal the show.

This picture below is 2 years after planting, most of the gaps had closed with several smaller ones still showing. Planted on the other side of these Arbs are gorgeous endless summer hydrangeas in pink and blue which bloom wonderfully in July and August.


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