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So inviting, clean and crisp white front porch with lanterns, and painted gray porch floor.

Southern Living

Outdoor Living Space Essentials | a sneak peek of the deck - bystephanielynn

Genus: Lavandula spp. Zones: 5 to 9 Cost: $6 to $10 Expert Says: "Lavender's practically indestructible, genuinely deer-resistant, and comes in beautiful hues." — Robert Kourik, garden designer, Sebastopol, California This story originally appeared on

13 Plants That Give You Bang for Your Buck

crepe myrtle ~ how to keep your crepe myrtle blooming all season long ~ from @Southern Living

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Tips

Trek Decking Ideas | Top Composite Decking Reviews Photos & Design Ideas

Top Composite Decking Reviews Photos & Design Ideas

This looks almost identical to the raised flower bed I put in my former back yard. I miss that flower bed! I plan to put another one in my new back yard in time....

landscaping ideas - Yahoo Image Search Results

Evergreen Bushes For Landscaping around deck | Arborvitae hedge and Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Landscaping around new deck

A Patio Designed with Shade | Patio Designs and Ideas

A Patio Designed with Shade | Patio Designs and Ideas

Deck and Patio Landscaping - How to Landscape Around Decks and Patios.

Gray deck, since we have to paint it might as well paint it a nice color.

Jam Heart Sugar Cookies - fit for a queen (of tarts)!

Jam Heart Biscuits {DIY} | Recipes | The Pretty Blog

bucket table for the deck. this is a genius idea. you can store all the stuff in the table that you don't want to leave out in case it rains (citronella candles, pillows, etc.), then just grab it out whenever.

Outdoor Coffee Table with Metal Bucket Base

Build A Backyard Movie Theater This Summer! • Lots of great Ideas & Tutorials!

Knockout roses and hostas planted along fence


For back fence...Limelight hydrangeas. They grow up to 8 ft tall, can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil. Beautiful!

Upside down whiskey barrel- totally a why-didn't-i-think-of-that moment ..

Decorating with Wood Barrels -

Angelonia :: easy to grow, flowers profusely, tolerant of dry spells and heat. Not fussy about soil either. Butterflies love it! #garden #spring

Angelonia -It’s easy to grow and flowers profusely... — Gardening

winter urns

Terracotta pot recycled into accent table

Thrifty and Chic - DIY Projects and Home Decor

Spring bulb 'sandwich' for continual blooms

Flowering Bulbs

DIY Outdoor Solar Table Lamp. Love this idea!

Long and Found: Planting a Fiddle Leaf Fig (or any plant, really). Potting an Indoor Plant/Tree.

This blog gives suggestions for combinations.

aco Lettuce Wrap

DIY: Dividing Perennials - link lists what plants to divide, how to divide & how often.