Recent Garden Structure Builds

ronlarimer_zone7November 13, 2007

My wife and I recently built a home near Charlotte, NC and with the current weather I have not been able to add much to the builders landscape; however, I have been able to build a couple of things.

The 1st was an enclosure to hide the trash and yard waste cans, my wheelbarrow and some extra lumber. I have an aluminum fence on one side that I tried to echo with the detail on the top. I plan on incorporating it into a bed in the spring and use it as a backdrop for a couple of small specimen plants or hydrangeas.

The most recent is a planter box and trellis for the deck. It will be in pretty heavy shade (north facing) so I haven't determined what will go in it yet, but I am open to suggestions.

The other thing that became apparent as I was building the planter was the need for some stepping stones and now I know where they will go...

What do you think?

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

You're quite a woodworker! These are lovely. My compost pile is housed in a structure somewhat similar to your trash area.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2007 at 6:02PM
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That looks great! Did you have plans to work from? I like the idea of sectioning off the trash cans and wheelbarrow.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Garden (my blog)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2007 at 8:25PM
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No, both are my designs and were completely built based on measuring what was already there.

For the garbage can fence I measure the width between posts based on my deck to avoid having to rip boards and set the height of the solid portion based on my trash cans.

For the planter I knew how tall I wanted the planter ledge to be a comfortable seat and I wanted the top of the trellis to be under 8'. Other than that they were completely unscripted.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 10:27AM
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Good work...looks very sturdy and well designed. Building your own is so much better and soul-satisfying than anything you could buy, even if it weren't almost impossible to find attractive items for the home landscape.

As for the trellis, check out Trachelospermum asiatica variegata. The variegated leaves are so colorful yearround no flowers are needed, though it does have highly scented small white blooms. Check out photos of several at It's wholesale but has great pics and in NC so probably could locate the plants easily at your local nurseries. I grow several varieties and they are bug and diseasefree, thrive in sun or shade. Annual flowers could be grown in your planter in front of the vine if you'd like a little more pizzazz in summer. josh

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   December 5, 2007 at 1:10AM
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