My love affair with gardening didn’t begin until I was well into adulthood. Once we purchased our first home, I began to dabble. Then, I befriended a lovely woman, originally from England, who was an accomplished gardener with a seemingly instant cottage garden (we moved into the neighborhood at the same time). Lucky for me, we began trading ideas, swapping plants, and obsessing over gardening books together. There was simply no stopping me.
And, I’ve learned a lot since those early days.
One of my greatest lessons had nothing to do with trees, flowers or shrubs. What I found after some trial and error (and abject failure, if I am completely honest) is that the most important part of creating a beautiful and relaxing garden is not the plant selection – it’s the structure.
One day I realized that my Pinterest garden board photos all included some structure – a stone wall, a pergola, a slate walkway, a garden arbor, or simply a pole-mounted birdhouse. These structures added form, height, and a framework for rambunctious cottage garden beds and pots rioting with flowers.
So, I got busy!
Today, my gardens boast hundreds of feet of rock borders (with rocks I laboriously dug from the neighboring creek and trundled home by wheelbarrow), a brick patio (laid by my husband using reclaimed brick), and a 3-level, terraced backyard (again, all my husband, who luckily is quite handy and loves gardening, too).
If you don’t have time for such labor-intensive projects, there’s a much easier way: Walpole Outdoors! Walpole Outdoors is my ultimate go-to resource for all things garden related — from garden sheds and buildings, to pergolas, to window boxes, fencing, and even garden furniture.
For example, one easy update is a new garden gate. The right garden gate adds a romantic, cottage garden feel to any garden — even if yours is a tiny patch in the city. The Double Gate with Single Arch, pictured above, is the perfect accent to a picket fence and adds a dash of charming style to any garden. This arch would be stunning covered in climbing roses or clematis. The piece comes with Devonshire black ring latch and Walden galvanized strap hinges. The gate is also available in many sizes. The 4 1/2′ arch (a perfect size) with double gate retails for $1,549.00.
I also love how window boxes instantly dress up a plain house. If your home isn’t blessed with distinctive architectural details (and my traditional 2-story suburban colonial was most definitely not) window boxes provide an instant facelift. Fill them with colorful annuals in the spring and summer, harvest bounty in the fall, and fresh greens with striking red berry accents during the holidays! The classic Estate Window Box, shown, is one of my favorites and is available in a variety of widths to fit any window. Estate Window Box retail price is dependent on window width and ranges from $329 – $479.
Need fast structure, with no installation necessary? Simply plunk an obelisk in the garden. Leave it unadorned or train vines or roses to climb it, if you are more ambitous. The Lattice Obelisk Bases, right, are offered in two sizes and two colors. Choose your base, then add on a Sphere or Copper Cap. You can even top it with a Birdhouse Post Cap! Prices vary depending on size and range from $239 – $319.
To see the entire online catalog including stunning fences, gates, pergolas, arbors, buildings and enclosures, mail and lantern posts, furniture, and must-have instant cottage garden decor, visit Walpole Outdoors.
I’m inspired! Now… where’s my garden trowel?
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