Cottage Gardening forum: Hardscape for Your Cottage Garden

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Mar 28, 2012 3:30 PM CST
What hardscape elements do you feel are essential to getting the look you want in your garden?

Some thoughts on hardscape :

http://landscaping.about.com/cs/lazylandscaping/g/hardscape....

and

http://www.myyardrocks.com/what-is-hardscape-anyway/

Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Mar 28, 2012 3:31 PM CST
We have added an Arbor, stone pathways and trellises.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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crittergarden
Apr 2, 2012 9:02 AM CST
I'm using scavenged materials - cobblestones, bits of architectural details, bricks, native rocks, and the occasional "garden art" someone has put out on garbage day! Someday when I can afford to hire a pro, I plan a terraced vegetable garden, too. and a small but comfortable deck.
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Apr 2, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Any photos would be great, Critter!
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
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crittergarden
Apr 2, 2012 9:11 AM CST
It's a really "under construction" mess right now!
But I'm getting there!
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Apr 2, 2012 9:13 AM CST
Thumbs up know what you mean! Smiling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 2, 2012 10:35 AM CST
Just sharing about our hardscape, though not really a cottage garden theme.

When we moved to our home in 2008, my hubby and I have agreed that we do not want to mow any grass. Our home has a small sideyard which was just all dirt and over our fence there is a line of city trees. And I want to fully continue my container gardening as well.

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So we opted to have pavers installed, making sure there is an edge around where I can put my container plants. We just had to find at least a good one week window of dry weather at that time, it was late winter, on and off rains. Finally got that window, and our installers did the job in 3 days. I was glad then that it is a small yard, because the pavers were a bit costly, but the results were worth it for us:

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Knowing that we have very strong winds here at times, we have to use heavy clay containers gradually. And so far, things work well, the real mess comes from the city trees most of the time when fall comes, all those falling leaves, and during spring the tons of catkins. At least clean up is easier than raking them from dirt. We have also added in 2009 a water fountain, to add some moisture especially during the 100+F summer heat : I have also decided too, early on, to concentrate more of my plants outdoors to drought tolerant plants, to conserve water and they last better in our mostly dry weather.

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So that is our hardscape Smiling

Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Apr 2, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Tarev, how wonderful it is! Lovey dubby

Love the stones and their color give a nice historic look.

What a beautiful space you created. Bravo!!!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Apr 2, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Thanks Janice! I tip my hat to you.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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crittergarden
Apr 2, 2012 10:47 AM CST
NICE, Tarev!
I especially like the fountain!

Now I'm off to putter with mine.....
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener Xeriscape
Image
tarev
Apr 2, 2012 10:59 AM CST
Ah that fountain creates a nice dose of life on its own..round, doughnut-shaped, favorite of felines and birds..luckily not at the same time Big Grin

A nice hardscape feature, which softens the heart Lovey dubby

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Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
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crittergarden
Apr 2, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Yes, the sound of running water!
SOmeday I'll get there....

I didn't last very long with the lifting this afternoon - still spent from Saturday.
But I guess I got about 1/2 way.
Now it's all ugly with newspaper to kill the grass around/beteen the stones.
That, too, shall pass.

My goal is to eventually kill all the tall grass in the yard.
I hate mowers.
There's a grass seed available from High Country Gardens called "No Mow" because it only gets 4-5 inches tall. I'm debating whether to try to get that started or just "pave" it all with groundcover. That's what I did in the front yard (so VERY tiny!). I wouldn't want even the "no mow" to seed into my flowerbeds. Decisions decisions....
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Apr 2, 2012 3:30 PM CST
I had not heard of the no-mow grass!

What a great thing!! Hurray!

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