Confession Time – My BackYard is Ugly (and the Plan to Make it Gorgeous)!

Love this blue stone patio and the eclectic mix of furniture

I have a confession to make.

When I share photos of my back yard including my eclectic patio, my mop bucket planters, and my dresser planter, I’m hiding a deep, dark, shameful secret.

Out of view and thanks to some strategically arranged camera angles, lies this horror.

Before backyard with landscaping plan

Before backyard with landscaping plan

Mind you, these pics were taken right before spring last year so nothing is blooming and it’s pretty barren.

Before backyard with landscaping plan

These tiny boxwoods just aren’t cutting it.

Before backyard with landscaping plan

Before backyard with landscaping plan

Air conditioners on full display.

Before backyard with landscaping plan

Before backyard with landscaping plan

There’s a light at the end of my ugly backyard tunnel thanks to my fabulously talented friend Loi Thai who created this plan to help my yard go from sad to fab.

Landscaping plans for a gorgeous backyard

I love it – the layers of plantings that will give me much need privacy and interest.

This is actually a pic of Loi’s own garden (which is amazing) and as you can see from the drawing, it shows how the hedge of holly will look with a bench as a focal point.

Create a focal point in your landscaping with a bench

Make sure see Loi’s post filled with more details and tons of inspiration photos to get a better idea of what the finished yard will look like.

I can’t wait to sit on my vintage glider with an ice cold margarita while gazing at my gorgeous garden (fingers crossed)!


What’s your favorite thing about your back yard?

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  1. We used to have a beautiful backyard – green grass, lots of flowering plants and then I got my two puppies who proceeded to eat everything they could. What they didn’t eat, they trampled. Oh dear. I guess that makes them my favorite thing. Ha. Now that they are two, maybe we can replant.

  2. Holly is a great choice. When I look out my kitchen window, which I am forced to do every time I do dishes, I see my pergola, covered in wisteria. In the summer, it’s beautiful, but in the winter it looks like a giant birds nest. The birds see it that way too and collect in it during blizzards. We hang lots of bird feeders there and some birdhouses, but even that doesn’t take away the ‘brown, dead branch’ effect. Just beyond that however, are my lovely holly bushes, always green (and providing plenty of branches for Christmas decor). They are so low maintenance, we never do a thing to them, no watering, fertilizing – nothing. They were little bitty things when we planted them, not more than 12 inches high and now they are easily 12 feet high. I will confess, it is my dream to plant a holly maze in my 2 acre backyard with a small ice skating pond in the middle, complete with a fire pit and benches – I can dream can’t I?

    1. I love holly too – had it in my first house. At least you get to see and smell the beautiful wisteria most of the year. Can’t wait for spring so I can get planting! Oh, and every year, my neighbors makes an ice rink in their backyard – it’s so fun!

  3. well, I love your deck and I would love to have a stone patio like yours. It’s really pretty. I don’t think it’s quite as bad as you say but I understand where you are coming from. You’re looking for that backyard retreat and what you have planned is going to take your nice yard to a gorgeous yard. I unfortunately have the same problem as some of your other followers, she’s a 70lb Akita shepherd and she eats or digs up everything we try to do, literally. We love her so it’s a trade off right now. Good luck with your project and I hope you share lots of pictures!

  4. WoW Kelly–it’s going to be beaUtiful!
    When I came back to my mother’s house to build an addition to the face and renovate everything else, putting some focus on the yard/garden couldn’t be ignored. We worked with a landscape architect too to expand my grand ideas. The outcome to EVERYthing is beautiful and so very worth it!
    Can’t wait to see yours as it takes shape!

  5. My yard is a work in progress. I have planted flowers in beds along the perimeter. The problem is I have septic laterals that run through the back yard and I cannot plant anything over them so I have a 150’x75′ grass area. No trees:-( Now if I could just get the Japanese Beetles to quit eating my roses life would be good.

  6. I saw this yesterday on Loi’s website and I loved it. My only question is would it survive in Connecticut? I would love to do this in my yard.

  7. I had so much fun, Kelly Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your yard has great bones and lots of potential – it’s flat, bright and spacious. Hope you can use some of the ideas. It’s actually a very low maintenance plan. Keep me posted, and let me know if you have any questions. Ciao ciao

  8. Does anybody’s yard look pretty after winter gets thru with it? I can see way over to a neighbors yard when our trees are bare, like it much better with leaves on trees to block view. We’re up above some of neighbors yards on small hill, it’s nice in some instances but not necessarily others. From the photos your yard is pretty darned nice, how do you keep it so nice? Your landscaping plan looks pretty, will look forward to seeing the results. You have nice sized yard also. Enjoy it when it’s done.
    Happy week

    1. Thanks JaneEllen – my hubby is a lawn fanatic and makes sure the grass always looks lush. I have very close neighbors all around – the people behind me have a deck that overlooks my yard – so very tall holly bushes are definitely on my list!

  9. My back yard is a wip but hope to do more this spring.I don’t think you ever are truly finished with anything you live in for very long and i have been here 15 years. I can’t wait to see the changes you make to your yard even though it is pretty already.

  10. You are so lucky to have Loi on board with this one! He is just amazing and a real nice person!!!! Can’t wait to see you get started!

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