Landscaping Changes And More Spring Junk Gardening

May 19, 2021

Photo of a garden bed being cleaned out
This area, just past my deck, was overgrown with groundcovers, like sedum and creeping Jenny.  The area has always been a problem. The previous owners left part of a cracked cement patio there and put a deck over most of it.  

What started out as, me planting a few thyme plants in the cracks, became an overgrown groundcover mess with weeds and grass coming up within the clumps of sedums.  Thank goodness my husband helped me on this job!

Be sure to check out the links to flowers, stencils and past projects too!

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Photo of a garden area with sedum ground covers
This is a photo of the area in prior years with sedum and creeping Jenny.

Photo of foundation garden bed cleaned up
Moving farther down the side of the house, these hostas were the only perennials growing here.  I will be saving them.

Photo of side yard junk garden decor
This area was mulched with bark chips, and has been a great place to display my junk.

Photo of landscape fabric being added to a foundation planting area
My husband added landscape fabric to the two areas.

Photo of landscape fabric being cut around hostas
This part was a little trickier, cutting around the hostas.

Photo of rusty grain scoop filled with potted plants
After the landscape fabric was down, river rock from Menards was spread over both areas.  Both areas are edged with 4"x 4" treated wood.

I purchased this grain scoop at a garage sale this season.  It's perfect for holding a couple of plants.

Photo of grain scoop stenciled and filled with potted plants
I added a stencil to the side of the scoop with this grains stencil and Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk.

A red Calliope geranium is planted in the back and a Lanai red verbena is planted in front.  The pails have holes drilled in them, and the scoop has a couple of drainage holes as well.

Photo of rusty chair with a tea kettle planted with ornamental orgegano
This little rusty folding chair was one of my fabulous finds junk shopping in the Twin Cities.  I stenciled it with one of my new Herb Label stencils from Old Sign Stencils.

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*Old Sign Stencils has provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

The plant on the chair is an ornamental oregano.

Photo of side yard junk garden decor and plants
I left the section of picket fence at the back.  It is fastened to my deck for support.

Other red geraniums and red verbena have been planted in pails/pots, and the area is decorated with a rusty folding chair, a weathered wood table, a window frame, and old farm and garden tools. 

Photo of a weathered window frame and garden sign
This old window frame has went from my Christmas mantel, to over my potting sink, to the garden shed, and now at the west side of the house.

The sign was also stenciled from a great garden stencil from Old Sign Stencils  HERE.

Photo of side yard junk garden decor and plants
I am much happier with this area now!

I will be 65 next month, and love the lower maintenance.

Photo of junk garden decor along the house
Continuing down the side of the house are more farm tools, a barn door, a stenciled screen sign, and window boxes with red seed geraniums.

Photo of junk garden decor along the house
The river rock is a great base for my junk decor!

Photo of a galvanized tub planted with ivy geraniums and lobelia
This galvanized tub is planted with Ruby ivy geraniums and Early Springs Sky Blue Lobelia.

Photo of hostas and junk garden decor in side yard
My old barn door has a grapevine wreath and a gas station metal price number sign.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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