After we bought our Lake House back in November of 2009 the first change was refinishing the beautiful hardwood flooring that existed under the dingy white carpet. You can read about that in The first change and in Fun times in floor refinishing.
Once the winter had passed and we started to come out of hibernation we began to focus our attention on the greater outdoors. First stop, the garden in the back of the house…or should I say the front? Lake houses have peculiar way of the back facing the road (what would usually be considered front) and the front facing the lake.
Our yard slopes downward towards the lake so the key to creating nice areas to plant and relax is in the creation of levels or rooms within the yard. The entire plan is for the first level to be the decks and top gardens, the second level include the grassy area, horseshoe pits and vegetable garden, the third level will include steps to a deck surrounding the above ground pool, the fourth and final level will focus on the lake some shade structures and possibly some kind of tiki bar and seating (fingers crossed).
We started by laying out the new first level garden, cutting in a straight line and removing the grass that was in the area now designated as garden space. Due to the slope of the yard we knew we wanted a raised bed suitable for plants and to make it more visually appealing by breaking up the space.
The idea cornerstone for the raised bed began with a large flat rock that was lying in the garden. It took some elbow grease, a couple of shovels, a pry bar, 2 men and some determination to move into place.
Once all the rocks were in place we had the basis for our raised garden bed and first level of plantings.
With the help of a few trips to the garden store our first garden redo looks like this!
We used the original shrubs that were already there moving the burning bush to the front right corner. We bought some additional Plants to fill in the space.
You can see a breakdown of the plants outlined below.