Garden Tour Blog Hop

Garden Tour Blog Hop by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.comHello!  I hope you all had a chance to visit my curb appeal reveal yesterday!  It was a fun challenge and a great motivator to get my outside spaces looking good.  Today, I'm excited to be a part of a garden tour blog hop today hosted by Tara from Lehman Lane.  I was particularly looking forward to this hop because I don't often show you any aspects of my home except for the indoor decor and occasional outdoor decor.  Today, I am going to show you our landscaping, flowers, and container vegetable garden.  In keeping with being real with you, confession time…. the majority of the landscaping was installed several years ago by a local company.  My husband and I are the first to admit when something is out of our realm of expertise and landscaping was definitely one of those things.  With the help of the basic layout, design plan and plantings, we do add our own spin on the yard each year which is much more in our tool bag!

To get you started on this tour, I am going right to the front of the house.

This is our front porch which recently received a refresh.  To see all the details on this makeover, you can visit this post. 

Front Porch Refresh by

You can see that I have several planters on the porch and a window box to the left of the front door.  For these, I have used a mix of flowers and trailing vines.  Each year, I choose a color scheme that goes with the color of the house, front door, and existing landscape.  This year, I went with orange, yellow, and white.

The flowers I used were Lantana, Dahlinova, Marigolds, Zinnias, and Petunias.  Then for trailing accents to each, I added Sweet Potato Vines, Superbells, and Bacopa.  The Superbells are in a beautiful apricot color and the Bacopa have a tiny white flower which is in constant bloom.  Both are great planted in the front of the boxes or pots so they can grow over the sides.

Front Porch Refresh by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.comSummer Window Box Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.comSummer Window Box Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by IMG_2182 Summer Window Box Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

In facing the front of the house, on the left, we have a River Birch tree and Knock-Out Roses.  I love the combination of the texture of the peeling bark and the pink blooms on the roses.

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

Under the bay window and flanking the sidewalk is Boxwood and several kinds of grasses.  The mix of greens adds interest to the landscaping instead of it being all one solid color.

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

To the right of the front door, is our Japanese Maple.  It may be the only thing that remained when we redid the beds.  Accompanying that are Goldmound bushes which get a pretty pink color flower in the summer.

IMG_2189Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

In front of the sidewalk, in its own bed is a Maple Tree, Boxwoods, Globe Blue Spruce, and Grasses.  Several boulders were added to the landscaping as well to give it additional interest.

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

Moving along to the side of the house is a Jane Magnolia along with several Hydrangeas.  Unfortunately, you are not getting to see them in full bloom.  🙁

IMG_2192 Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

Next stop on our outdoor tour is the back yard.  Moving through the gate, you can see our Magnolia tree, another Hydrangea, and several plantings of Lavender.  I requested the Lavender because while sitting on the screened-in porch, you can smell the beautiful scent.

Again, my Magnolia gets these big huge beautiful blooms, but it's not quite the right time of year yet.

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

I need to find out about these brown leaves.  Anyone know why my tree might be shedding leaves?

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

As you round the corner, we have several fast growing Evergreens to act as a privacy fence shielding the neighbors driveway.

Summer Garden Plantings by

Ok.  We are now officially in the back yard.  This is where we have our patio and pergola.

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by

I recently added a Peony to our yard and I already got one beautiful bloom.  I am hoping to add several more because I just cannot resist the cut flowers.

Summer Garden Plantings by

To the right of the patio is a bed which has more Knock-Out Roses, Evergreens and another flowering bush (not sure its name?).

IMG_2195Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.comSummer Garden Plantings by

So now is our container vegetable garden.  We have been planting in pots for several years and for us, it is working out much better than having an in- ground garden.  I love that it's contained, easy to water and pick the weeds.  Even better, the kids are able to help us maintain it.

In our first pot, is a Cucumber plant.

Summer Garden Plantings by

Next, we have Tomato plants.

Summer Garden Plantings by

Our third pot is our herbs such as Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary, and Parsley.

Summer Garden Plantings by

In the last pot, is our Peppers.  We planted a Red Pepper and a Jalapeno Pepper plant.

Summer Garden Plantings by

Phew!  There you've got it!

Thanks for sticking in there!  Here is one last look at the front and back.

Summer Landscape Plantings for Garden Hop Tour by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.comSummer Garden Plantings by

Want to see what my blogging buddies have up their gardening sleeves?

Summer Garden Tour & Ourdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden Tour & Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden tour and outdoor Spaces Hop


Lehman Lane

Our House Now a Home

The Dean's List

Green with Décor

2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki's House

Summer Garden Tour / Outdoor Spaces Hop


Two Purples Couches

Knock it Off Kim

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


2 Bees in a Pod – Jennifer's house

My Life from Home

Average but Inspired

Refresh Living

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


Little Bits of Home

The Honeycomb Home

Iris Nacole

Twelve on Main

Beauteeful Living

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


Hunt & Host

Simple Nature Décor

Love Your Abode

My Creative Days

Follow Along with all the garden tours by following #gardentourbloghop

To life feeling like home!


  1. Ben says:

    I absolutely adore Japanese maples as they have so much character and provide shade too. Your pictures are so lovely and thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Laura Will says:

    Such a relief and relaxing corner for my dream home. I just love your post with all of these pictures, and i feel less heavy for my eyesight and mind. Thanks you for this amazing work.

  3. Tim Graham says:

    Amy, this is amazing, you’re hard work has paid off – what a wonderful garden 🙂

  4. No words!! you did a great job. You have given me a great idea and now i will also try to follow the same combination and floral decoration for my garden. Also, the fence, outside of your garden, is giving the awesome look.

  5. […] this summer several bloggers joined together to show you our garden spaces.  You can see my garden post here.  This time around, we are showing off our outdoor fall decor or gardens.  I don’t really […]

  6. Lauren says:

    You have a beautiful home! All of your flowers are so pretty!

  7. Iris Nacole says:

    It’s all so beautiful Amy! I can only wish to have gardens like this one day. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Emily says:

    Your landscaping is so pretty, and it complements your home so well! I love all the flowers you picked & planted this year! I have some Bacopa in the hanging baskets on our front porch 🙂

  9. You have so many pretty flowers and plants, I love it! Those hanging flower baskets are so cool!

  10. Hi Amy! I’m stopping by for the first time from the garden tour blog hop. Your outdoor spaces are lovely and your home has great curb appeal. The hydrangea bush is going to be very pretty.

    • Amy says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I can’t wait to make it around to everyone else’s. It’s been an ongoing list of projects, but we really are enjoying it!

  11. So many beautiful plants in your front and back yards!! All of your flowers in your front yard are so pretty, along with all your trees and shrubs. I hope my front yard looks that awesome one day! I also love your container garden plants – it won’t be long before the veggies arrive!

  12. Samantha says:

    Your yard is what my outdoor dreams are made of! I’m swooning so hard over your front door, too! Love all of your gorgeous flowers! Motivates me to whip my yard into shape!

  13. Bre says:

    First off, I’m obsessed with your front door. It’s gorgeous! Second of all, your landscaping is beautiful! The arbor vitae creating the privacy fence are perfect. That is what we’re planning to do along our back property line to hide our neighbors’ ugly fence. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great space!

    • Amy says:

      Thank you, Bre!! Those trees have grown so quickly… they are definitely the perfect planting for a fence line. I was trying to hide my neighbors truck, so I completely understand! 🙂

  14. Roxanne says:

    I’m in love with that pergola area! I SO need a pergola in my yard!

  15. The outside of your home looks so pretty Amy! That pergola off your back patio is gorgeous and your landscaping is so pretty! Great idea to put your veggies and herbs in pots on your patio so they are easy to grab. Oh and my southern magnolia sheds a ton of leaves every spring too. I think it’s totally normal 🙂

  16. yuni says:

    what a gorgeous home!!! i love all the plants and flowers around the home. what a dream!

  17. Amy – Your home, landscaping and gardens are just beautiful. The floral color palette is so pretty and pairs so well together. We especially love your charming window boxes! Well done!

  18. Lindsay says:

    I am loving all your plants and flowers and those window boxes are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *