Garden Planning & Inspiration

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The furthest project we have planned for Grove House are the gardens, even so, I can’t stop thinking about them. Maybe because the excavation and foundations aren’t that exciting to me, it leaves me to wander off and daydream about the potential beauty at the end of our build.

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I’ve been contemplating not having any grass whatsoever, and instead having pea gravel and stone pathways between lush planters and raised beds. The weather gets extremely hot in our area and grass takes an enormous amount of watering to keep it healthy and green. And I’ve always been fond of the look of rambling plants spilling out onto the walkways.

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We plan to have a very large vegetable and herb garden right outside the kitchen, and small cutting garden of my favorite flowers. Maybe I’ll mix them together like this beautiful garden…

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And I’ve been scouring Craigslist, flea markets and antique stores to try to find an outdoor sink like this beauty. It will make a great prep station for gatherings, and a quick place to wash veggies and hands. And I love the rustic stone used as support.

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Have any of you removed all your grass or have none at all? I would love to hear your feedback on your favorite plantings, gravel and design!

PS. Yes, the chickens will be coming with us…and they will get to have some new friends!

Image Credits: 1. House and Leisure 2. Gardener.ru 3. FS’s Garden Joy
4. Country Living 5. Swan & Shears

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