Northern Exposure: A Country House in Canada

Northern Exposure: A Country House in Canada

 After being in a stuffy house, the outdoor can seem like a retreat when the sun sets and the breeze brings in the fresh air.  Here are several ways to dress up your yard:

Vertical Vines

While stone retraining walls can create a visual room, don’t underestimate the impact that lattice walls can bring to your outdoor yard space. Lattice is rather easy to put up and could be used in combination with posts in the ground to secure them when bad weather arrives.

There are many selections when it comes to climbing vines.  Some of the best varieties are  honeysuckle, Clematis, Boston Ivy, Mandevilla, Jasmine and Hybrid Climbing Roses.

Again the weight of the vine can cause damage to your lattice, so as it grows, be sure to prune it to control the shape. Another vine option is the Virginia creeper and silver lace vine, which grows fast in just a few years.

Morning glory is another fast growing vine, and it keeps coming back year after year. Trumpet vines also are a great choices.

Plant trumpet vines away some distance from the house or flowerbeds on a lattice. There are so many varieties of vines with a wide range of colors. Pick a vine which works in your area and within the colors you are most attracted to.

Vertical VinesGrowing Vines Vertically on Your Home

The key to growing a vertical vine on your home is to have a sturdy lattice which the vines can grow on.  Some vines are notorious for being very invasive and destructive to the bricks or stone often breaking apart the brick mortar, which could collapse a house over time.   Roots of most vines tend to be deep, which could cause a lot of damage to foundations and some times can invade sewer lines.

Build a trellis or lattice which is secure enough to support the weight of a vine over time.  Vines send out tendrils which are a thread like shape which wrap it self around whatever it touches.  Building your lattice structure away from your home slightly will allow adequate room to water and  pruning the vine to obtain the greatest amount of growth.

If you plan on creating outdoor walls away from your home, consider facing your lattice towards the sunlight, as the leaves grow toward the sun and roots grow away from the sun.

The Rose Vined Door Canvas Print by Lynn Andrews

The Rose Vined Door Canvas Print by Lynn Andrews – fineartamerica.com

The Villa San Juan Capistrano

The Villa San Juan Capistrano

European Style Country Living in Ojai, CA

European Style Country Living in Ojai, CA, by Paul Hendershot Design

Architectural Wire Urns

Architectural Wire Urns 

Wire Urns can be a beautiful way to grow your flowers in. Many of the urns are reproductions of vessels originally found in European Gardens. These french urns can be stuffed with moss or natural materials such as jute, burlap, hemp fiber and anything that is really organic in nature. Pair these containers together indoor or outdoor flanking a doorway, patio or garden entry or as a decorative piece on a table top. They add great architectural decor to your outdoor areas.

Topiary Art

Topiary art is produced by sculpting of shrubs to create shapes and designs used often in upscale gardens.  Creating a topiary plant is rewarding when the patience and a willingness goes into trimming these plants weekly.

Topiaries come in a variety of shapes ranging from animals to the very basic of geometric shapes. These plants generally use shrubs and sub-shrubs such as arborvitae, bay laurel, box, holly, myrtle, privet, and yew.

To create unique shapes, a shaped wire cage is used as the plant grows. The most common types of topiary frames are globes, pillars and cones.

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Topiary Architectural Art

Topiary Art Photo Credit Full Moon Goddess on Flicker’s Photostream

The extra large elephant frames often seen in lavish gardens can be found in different sizes on Amazon. These uniquely hand crafted topiary frames are constructed of high quality metal and finished in an elegant matte black powder coating to resist the elements. A series of carefully planned topiary plants would really highlight a home and create an atmosphere of well planned gardens.

Lone and Nels mini-home, Found on boligmagasinet

Lone and Nels mini-home, Found on boligmagasinet.dk

Things to Check Before Renovating Your Backyard

Renovating a backyard is a great project to plan through the spring and summer months.   Here are some things to keep in mind for future projects.

Measure the Area- Be sure the area you plan on changing is yours………

If you have neighbors that border your backyard, then you will need to take measurements before you dig and make major changes.  You can hire a surveyor to mark the property lines or you can simply use a tape measure. You can mark the perimeter of your area can be marked with spray paint or with with simple stakes, which strings can be tied to. Marking the area allows you to create an outline for your garden that you can follow with lumber, stone and brick.

Find Buried Utilities – Be sure before you dig

You will need to contact your local utility company. A variety of piping and cables can be buried underground with no markets.  Flags or spray paint can be used to mark the location, while white spray paint can be used to mark areas for a project.   Red spray paint is often used to mark electric cables, while yellow is used to mark gas or fuel oil lines. Orange is used to mark cable and other communication lines, and green is used to mark a sewer or septic system.

Excess Dirt Needs To Be Protected

Dirt for a backyard renovation needs to be either placed on a tarp, or stored under a tarp  where you can use a wheelbarrow to move dirt back and forth.  Be sure to save top soil for any areas you intend on laying grass.

 Old Wrought Iron Fencing- Photo Credit Michael Cemetry on Flickr Old Wrought Iron Fencing- Photo Credit Michael Cemetry on Flickr

This converted barn by Emma Burns is straight out of my English countryside dreams. Originally published in the February 2014 issue of House & Garden,

A converted barn by Emma Burns , originally published in the February 2014 issue of House & Garden

Architectural Garden Decor

Country Living Magazine

Beautiful Architectural Urns Finial of San Marino

Beautiful Architectural Urns Finial of San Marino

Orlandi Statuary Embellished Urn 31 Inch with Lid

Orlandi Statuary Embellished Urn 31 Inch with Lid

Oheka Castle Photo Gallery by James Robertson

Oheka Castle Photo Gallery by James Robertson

The Château de Groussay is located in the town of Montfort-l'Amaury, in France.

The Château de Groussay is located in the town of Montfort-l’Amaury, in France.

The Château de Groussay -Alan Rosenberg

The Château de Groussay –Alan Rosenberg

Chariot-de-Jardin

Chariot de Jardin

Romantic tiny forest home built in 6 weeks for $4,000

Romantic tiny forest home built in 6 weeks for $4,000  Found on treehugger.com

Traditional Exterior by Plymouth Architects & Building DesignersBF Architects

This tiny House in Plymouth, Massachusetts is less than 400 square feet with a living room, kitchen, full bath and bonus screened in porch. Traditional Exterior by Plymouth Architects & Building DesignersBF Architects

Cottage at Polesden Lacey on Flickr

Cottage at Polesden Lacey on Flickr

Treillages-anciens

Found on maison-deco.com

The trellis is named after the grape, which is used to support in antiquity. During the Renaissance, it enters the building gazebos , pergolas and arbors. But it was in the seventeenth century that these networks mesh, made ​​from stakes or wooden slats, know their golden age.

They used to develop fantastic ephemeral decorations for the holidays, and are deployed in large formal gardens as real architectures. In the eighteenth century, the lattice interferes with the interiors and facades, before making a comeback in the French gardens designed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by Duchene. Meanwhile, the treillageur, nicely called “carpenter gardens” became the representative of a full-fledged profession- Read More at Maison-deco.com

Lush boxwood garden outside Gary Sargent’s shop in Woodstock, CT - photo by Michael Carter

Lush boxwood garden outside Gary Sargent’s shop in Woodstock, CT – photo by Mike Carter Photography

Wisteria- Found on flickr

Wisteria- Found on flickr.com

Deborah Silver For back fence...Limelight hydrangeas. They grow up to 8 ft tall, can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil. Beautiful!

An idea for a back fence…Limelight hydrangeas. They grow up to 8 ft tall, can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil. Beautiful! Found on deborahsilver.com

Photographer's flat in St Germain Airbnb

Photographer’s flat in St Germain Found on airbnb.com

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