Sketching My Garden

I’m gonna take the nod from Monrovia and attempt to design and sketch my own garden.

the estate of things chooses garden sketch

They have some step by step instructions on how to do it. I’m sure there’s some fancy, free program download for garden layouts but I’d rather just attempt it with old fashioned colored pencils and graph paper.

We have a blank slate in the backyard at Bungalow 404, I’m embarrassed but here it is,

the estate of things chooses Sarah's backyard

It’s dissapointing to look out the dining room windows and have that view.

So first we’ll make the plan then the budget and finally…the magic.  I plan on sketching on Sunday, that is my goal and I want to emphasize the word goal.

Those bushes are growing out of an old cement foundation that will need to be removed and the whole yard will have to be leveled before the real fun can begin.  You cannot tell from the image but the yard has a lot of dips and a significant slope near the back toward the woods.

We will have the yard leveled and cleaned up before we have the design plan.  We gave our heavy equipment guy a call and he plans to meet with us on Monday to assess the job and give us an estimate.  And then once he begins the view will be even more depressing.

I’m thinking about something like this…

The circular patio and wood burning fire pit are a definite.

the estate of things chooses lee kleinhelter home


I recently went to a wedding at this property, I like the line of small trees that separate the different zones of the garden. This property is for sale, here. 


I’d like to frame a path with lavendar, kind of like this

the estate of things chooses sunset magazine

I love how the red rises from the lower growing grass.  It’s a great contrast, possibly planted around the circular patio?

the estate of things chooses sunset magazine garden

I like the concrete stones that were used in this path.

the estate of things chooses sunset magazine concrete stones

I like this Craig Socia design, thinking a layer of evergreens possible some good old Leyland Cypress along the fence line and then a layer of shrubbery and then a third layer with perennials

the estate of things chooses craig socia landscape design

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  • Your yard is so exciting! How nice to have a blank pallet and really your ideas seem like they can be accomplished well and relatively inexpensively(after the heavy equipment). I can’t wait to see what you do.

  • It is great, just this way. Green. First think what you want to have there, a place to eat, a place to read, shadows, etc. Then think the work you want to make at garden. So choose, plants and flowers according to the clima, and the work you want to do.
    And keep and eye in all those photos…I love the last one, mix of plants, flowers and a lot of grass.

  • How exciting (and a little overwhelming I’m sure) to have a blank slate to work with. We did a circular paver patio with the curved wall around 1/2 of it at our house and absolutely love it! good luck with your project. I’m looking forward to watching your progress.

  • That last photo is a dream. I would kill for the knack to put plants together like that.
    Your yard will look amazing. Can’t wait to sit around that firepit with you guys.

  • pk@room remix- I am planning on doing a sitting wall 1/2 way around the circle too! I think it’s really going to be great.
    I think the most overwhelming part is the bed layout and the sprinkler system. Saving the expense comes in with DIY.
    ibb- I agree totally about the steps you advise taking.
    We are excited to begin and share our progress.

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