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Monday, September 21, 2015

A New Brick Flowerbed for Fall and Landscaping Ideas

Mr. Décor’s large extended family arrives for a fall family reunion in just two short weeks.

Over the summer the Mr. and I have been hard at work ripping out all of the overgrown and half dead holly bushes, weeds and briar vine. We have also been hauling away tons of excess dirt out of the flower beds. It was finally time to install a flower bed border. If you have ever looked at my Pinterest  “Garden” board then you have probably surmised that I like the look of brick borders.

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I interviewed a few masons and loved the work by Premium Brick and Stone Works. I had discussed with the owner, Mr. Campos, that we wanted to match the existing antique brick found on Storybook Cottage and talked about the design of the border itself. He did a great job executing the work.

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Because we have had drainage issues in other areas of our yard we made sure to incorporate weep holes into the design. You can also now clearly see our cement foundation in the background. This is extremely important. If it is hidden it is possible for water to seep to your home. Prior to us hauling away the excess dirt it reached all the way up to the second brick in some places.

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Of course these pictures aren’t a perfect “After” shot. This is absolutely a work in progress. I think it’s important to remind ourselves and others that good things are coming.

In order to create the brick border a trench was dug, rebar was laid down then topped with two to three layers of brick and mortar. Grass will need to be replanted in the areas that were dug up to accommodate for this.

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So far we have planted perennials such as rose trees, lantana, and day lilies as well as pansies for annual color through the winter. I also dug 150 holes that were six inches deep for hyacinth, paper white, crocus and tulip bulbs. I like to call it planting hope. Just when you think winter will never end then lovely bits of bliss remind you that spring is coming.

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I still need to add some additional plants and put down a layer of mulch. I also love the look of adding in woven wicker trellises and screens.

Ornamental cabbage, mums, pepper and grasses all fan the flame of my fall garden fantasies.

Plopping a few pumpkins here and there could also add to the autumnal ambiance.

Beautiful vegetable garden design with stone wall raised beds - you got to have perspective if you start something new.:

This idea of incorporating an old chair or settee frame into a gardening landscape is darling.

Our little shed has two window boxes and I love this slightly unconventional look.


I can also add touches of color with garden containers. Our porch could use a bit of extra pizazz.

I still love our 2013 Fall front porch.

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The 2012 porch wasn’t too shabby either but I am in the mood for something new for Storybook Cottage.


Are you creating any fall flower beds?



ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love the brick edging!!

Carrie said...

Very nice!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the brick border, it looks so pretty and your plantings and bulbs will all look fabulous in a short time.

Karena Albert said...

Beautifully done Laura, I love the way you bordered the flower beds, a very classic look!!

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Mari said...

Love the brick boarder......
Your window box is fab.....


Lisa said...

The brick borders are so pretty Laura! They make the perfect backdrop for any season. Great choice!

Linda said...

That looks really pretty, Laura :)

As for your question - not really. Instead, I'm just cleaning things out a bit since the first frost here and our garden season will pretty much be done for the winter. My yard and gardens are very wild, I like them like that, and I do love to add pieces of interest like old chairs, wicker or iron pieces, etc. I did plant a few mums in planters and I added some fall silk flowers to the front window boxes since again, once the first frost arrives, all of the regular annual flowers will be done.

Vel Criste said...

With all your gorgeous inspirations Laura, I know this flower bed will look even more beautiful as the days go on!

Janet Garon said...

Love the brick edging for your beds! You have been very busy and smart. That's a great idea planting all your early signs of Spring now.

Hena Tayeb said...

love the brick edged beds.. i envision those for our front yard too.. i'm always pointing them out to my husband.

Denise said...

Your new brick flower beds look terrific, Laura!! The brick mason did a super job of matching to the brick in your house. I love brick borders (and walls) too; we had a brick flower bed next to our house in Greensboro.

You've provided some lovely fall inspiration pictures for us to drool over. ;) Such a fun time of the year to decorate. Good luck getting ready for your family reunion; I'm sure it will all work out beautifully!


Denise at Forest Manor

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Love the brick planter. I can vision so many colorful pants in there. Lots of great inspiration.

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

J'aime beaucoup cet espace avec cette belle bordure de briques qui sépare votre intérieur et votre extérieur.
Bientôt les fleurs vont s'épanouir partout et j'imagine la beauté autour de votre maison.

Gros bisous ☼

Rita C. said...

Beautiful job with the brick edging. Brick masons are my friends. :)

Auntie Em said...

The brick edging looks fantastic! I love the flowing curves you used. So fitting for your sweet little cottage. The neighbours must love checking out the progress you are making with your home and garden.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I really admire that you're both working on the inside and on the outside of your house at the same time!