Backyard Beauty on a Budget
Today, the yard lives anew. Divided into a series of smaller spaces, it feels bigger, more welcoming, and more useful. “What we really wanted to do was create an environment that brings the outdoors in and the indoors out,” says Jon. Jon and Dale hope their backyard inspires others who have put off making needed changes for fear of breaking the bank.
Shrubs and flowers bordering the space create an outdoor living room, complete with a cast-iron fire pit for cool months, a birdbath, pots spilling over with flowers, and a faux-bois bench in the center. A large galvanized horse trough planted with ‘Green Giant’ arborvitaes provides an evergreen backdrop for the bench. Planting in containers (such as this trough) allows for flexibility as needs change or plants grow.
“I love fiberglass, because unlike wood, it never splits,” Jon explains. “You can paint or stain it any color you want. With cap and base, each column costs about $100 and will last forever.”