Project Walkway: Pavers, Hydrangeas, and Curb Appeal Tips from Frankie Flowers

May 26, 2015 +

With the great weather the last few days, we were able to get a lot done on Project Walkway!

With a few trips to Home Depot, we were able to figure out our plans for the hardscaping so we selected our stones and put in our orders. If you follow me on instagram, you'll know that these are the stones we ended up going with: the Valestone Range Grey Marseilles Paver in Small, the Decor Precast Shadow Blend Natural Impressions Cap stone, and (not shown) the Valletta Edger in Grey. I really wanted to love the red brick for the walkway but in the end it felt a bit too clean and contemporary when paired with the other stones. So, this more rustic paver won out. I really love the colour variation in the stones, from taupes and creams to greys.

But before we jumped into the dirty work, I wanted to have an idea of what to do with the landscaping. We've already established I'm not great with plants so The Home Depot sent some help my way and put me in touch with Frank Ferragine, AKA "Frankie Flowers". Frankie is arguably Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert and weatherman and he had some sage advice for creating curb appeal:

Along with general tips, Frankie had specific ideas for our garden:
- a formal, classic look using only two colours, green and white
- for the urns flanking the door, plant a tropical called Eugenia topiary in the centre and underplant with trailing white bacopa or white million bells
- use Pyramidal yew, boxwood, and a white hydrangea like Little Lamb hydrangea in the garden

I loved Frankie's suggestions! I would have never thought to stick to a green and white palette but I can see how it will work really well with the hardscape plan. I really have my heart set on hydrangea somewhere so I decided to test it out in the urns and see how the plant likes our partial shade conditions.

Luckily, the hydrangea is thriving! My only concern now is that we won't get all the stonework laid before all the good plantings are gone :(

So, back to work! More updates soon.


Disclosure: I'm completing this project as a member of The Home Depot #HDBlogSquad. Some materials have been provided for this project. 

The Love List

May 22, 2015 +

Just a few lovely links this week...

A need for nothing

So. many. DIYs.

A welcoming front porch

I need to make this herb garden happen

I'm inspired by this 4 year old fashion designer

Lessons from a coastal home

Pin of the week. I hope your weekend is filled with laughter, happiness, and the joy of warm spring nights.

Affordable Etsy Art for < $100

May 21, 2015 +

If I had the wall space, one thing I'd buy more of is art. Art can change the mood of a room in an instant. It can make a space feel energized or serene, add a dash of femininity or a hint of vintage charm.

These are some of my recent affordable art finds from Etsy. It must be almost summer because I'm craving watery blues and pieces that evoke a feeling of sunshine. I'd use these pieces in a living room or bedroom. And at less than $100, buying more than one won't break the budget.

Affordable Etsy Art < $100

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