Guest Post With Leah Part II!

Hello again! Ok, so Kathy is home from her trip to Portland, but I need to borrow her sweet readers just one more time regarding the Davis Cottage! Fall is around the corner and we are about to vamp up our landscaping. Disclaimer: I am not the girl who has a ‘green thumb’, quite the opposite actually! Hard to believe as I work for a gardener extraordinaire?! Luckily, she loves me anyways, ha! With that being said, here are my ideas and inspiration… see what you think!

Another disclaimer: I need things that I can’t kill easily! 🙂

For those of you who missed my previous post, here is our little cottage…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

As you can see, we have a few very small shrubs in the front beds. Thats it. Can you tell I need help?!

I love English Cottage landscaping (sound familiar?)! So let’s look at a few of my inspirations.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

Hydrangeas, boxwoods, arborvitae, hosta, and ivy oh my!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

I love the more manicured, simple design. Not as overflowing as traditional English cottage designs.

Here is what I’m thinking… please make suggestions 🙂 I need them!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

The main things I want to accomplish this Fall are the flanking Degroot Spire Arborvitae, Dwarf English Boxwoods and some sort of filler in between the boxwoods? Maybe the Hosta and Hydrangea?

Is this a good place to start?!

I can’t wait to hear all of your fabulous ideas!! Y’all were so sweet to help with my paint decision and now my landscape ideas 🙂

Thank you Kathy, for letting me ‘steal’ your readers again this week!!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents landscape ideas

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7 Responses to Guest Post With Leah Part II!

  1. Luke says:

    How’s the house situated? Since you are considering hostas, I’m assuming that it’s a shady area. Have you considered planting some Lenten Roses, Dixie Wood Ferns, or heuchera? If you’re house is white, planting a heuchera would allow you to have more pops of color for an extended time.

  2. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Hi Luke!

    We have shade in the mornings and sun in the afternoon, so I’m thinking hosta would still be ok? Thank you for the advice!! Eventually we are painting the house white, so pops of color would be great 🙂

    Thanks again!

  3. franki says:

    We have a log cabin that is located in the midst of trees. Hostas, hydrangea are gorgeous…and then the deer taketh away. 🙁 franki

  4. Luke says:

    Most plants, like hostas, prefer some morning sun and afternoon shade, which is the reverse of your situation. If you do choose to plant hostas, make sure to choose a variety that has a high heat tolerance. You might also consider planting some coneflowers.

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Hi Franki!

    So sorry to hear about your deer problem! Luckily, we don’t have many deer in ‘these parts’ (or at least to my knowledge we don’t)! If my flowers start to disappear, I will know why!! 🙂 I’m thinking hostas and hydrangeas would look great!

    Thanks for your comment!!


  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Hi again, Luke!

    Sadly, I think you’re right. Hostas might not make it in our yard! 🙁 Thank you for your insight! I really appreciate it.


  7. Paula says:

    English Laurel. They are dark green, year round foliage and are perfect in full sun.

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