Sunday, July 24, 2011

Softening a Hardscape

Along one end of our patio is the outside wall of our garage. We wanted to train a vine up it but had no planters along the wall. We found some flat backed large pots that we planted Virginia Creeper in. 
The vines climbing up the wall, surrounded by other pots of flowers soften what would be a big ugly focal point or lack of one.



In the very center is a large wall fountain.


The vines creep up and then often fall off when too heavy. I just trim them and let them climb again.


Every spring I add more potting soil and some time release fertilizer. A single pot of ivy has grown around the fountain and pots making the area look green and lush. 

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18 comments:

laurie said...

beautiful photos,, lovely plants,, very calming,

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Elaine, your patio is so, so pretty. It must be heaven to be able to walk right out your back door and enjoy such loveliness. Your plants seem to be thriving in the heat. They are stunning!

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Elaine,
Your patio is beautiful. What a pretty place to relax and hear the peaceful water from you fountain!
-Lynn

~~Carol~~ said...

I just love that whole area of your patio! My neighor has Virgina Creeper, and it turns a beautiful reddish-orange in the Fall, but I'm wondering if it will do that for you, being in California, or will it stay green? Either way, that patio looks like a tranquil oasis!

Kris said...

It's beautiful! Everything always looks so lush when growing anywhere near water!

Gina said...

It looks beautiful! I love climbing vines, they add so much charm.

Bonnie said...

It looks lovely! Virginia Creeper grows out of control here. I have never planted it and have it everywhere. It is lovely on your wall

Cindy said...

Very nice! It looks so lush. I'm sure it is a great place to sit and read or have dinner.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your patio area looks wonderful!

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~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

This is so pretty. One of my favorite tricks is to let my plants grow over the hard edges of my patio to soften the edges.

Ginger Zuck said...

Elaine, your patio/garden is to die for! What a splended area to chill out and relax! I would live out there if not for heat! I have not gotten to use my favorite spot/patio in about two weeks.! :( so sad!

Cindy said...

You have made that area very attractive! The fountain is so pretty, I'm sure you enjoy the area so much because of the vines and water.
Hugs, Cindy

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a wonderful effect! I looks gorgeous!

Valeree said...

Just beautiful! I love that fountain. What a gorgeous space.

Zoey said...

What a great job you did softening that wall--it looks fabulous!

Carol said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!!

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Following you now. I'm in So Cal too!

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