We’ve come so far on our back patio this summer, but it was still missing one of the most important things – a table! From the very beginning, when we thought about how we want our backyard to function, we get all smiley imagining our friends gathered around a large table late into the evening. No one cares about…
  • Ellen from Ask Away - September 20, 2016 - 7:22 AM

    That’s really nice! I also love the lounging pooch in all these photos lol!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 20, 2016 - 8:10 AM

    This is SO GOOD! I love it! Definitely giving me inspiration to build something similar for our patio area that we’re hoping to re-vamp this fall, while the weather is cooler. I vote that you slap a clear coat on the base and let it be natural, while painting the top something moody.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - September 20, 2016 - 8:29 AM

    That last picture warmed my heart and made me laugh and I can’t wait to come see you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

      Counting down already!ReplyCancel

  • abby - September 20, 2016 - 9:10 AM

    wow, the table looks great! just out of curiosity, why don’t you want to stain the wood instead of paint it? i think a stain would look great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:29 AM

      We considered stain, but with our dark wood planters, cedar fence and gray stain we use on our stairs (which we hope to do before it gets too chilly), we thought a subtle hint of color would be nice to break that all up. And outdoors, I think you can get away with being a little more risky! I do think that this would be a beautiful stained table in a dining room though!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - September 20, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    I can’t wait to try this in the future. We heard about the kreg jig on the YHL podcast yesterday. what is the tool that holds it down that you use?ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - September 20, 2016 - 9:46 AM

    I’m thinking a light sage green would be so pretty with your red brick and dark wood. You could add in some bright cobalt blue accent pillows and that would still look great with the Sage. Either way…I love this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:50 AM

      We fell down a green-paint-chip-rabbit-hole last night, so you’re not far off! I put the paint decks away so we wouldn’t overthink things, but they’re taunting me from behind the cabinet doors… decisions, decisions.ReplyCancel

      • Janet - September 20, 2016 - 11:14 AM

        I agree with the sage!ReplyCancel

  • Erika @ EP - art.food.home - September 20, 2016 - 11:05 AM

    Was looking for a discounted table for outdoor since it’s the end of the season and usually it’s on sale this time of the year… Everything was either STILL so expensive or nor what I wanted/ugly AF.
    And then you post this. I guess my problem is solved and I’m building this next spring ! Ah!
    Thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 11:10 AM

      Right!? It’s hard to find a handsome table for under a thousand (or so it seems!). You can do this, Erika!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - September 20, 2016 - 5:01 PM

    The table looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see what color you decide on :)ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - September 20, 2016 - 5:09 PM

    Colored opaque stain for the table might be a happier choice in the long run. Eventually the paint will start cracking and chipping and you’ll have to scrape and paint again and you’ll see all the chipped spots and be sad…

    From what I hear, the colored stains will give you the pop of color but won’t be so high maintenance.

    And the table looks way fancy and hard to build but when watching your progress photos I could see that it’s totally doable. I might need one, or maybe my sister needs one (after we build her a patio).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 5:14 PM

      We considered opaque stain (like what we use on our deck!), but in the end, we sort of can’t wait until the paint gets a little chipped and worn-in. I love the idea of it looking well-used over time.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole M - September 29, 2016 - 5:41 PM

    I’m wondering where you purchased the rubber feet for the table legs. I built a table very similar to this for out outdoor patio last summer, and have been stumped on what to put on the bottom of the 4×4’s, since moving the benches around is scraping up the edges. Your post was perfectly timed, since I’m just now staining it! Procrastinator. Or, I just really didn’t know what to use. Until I saw that you guys used Cabot on your planter boxes! I just finished staining today and I love it! So thank you for helping me out!! I have looked in a couple of hardware stores for the feet, and googled them, with no luck. All that I have found are indoor felt pads.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 30, 2016 - 9:13 AM

      Happy to hear about the Cabot! What color did you choose?

      Those little feet were picked up at Home Depot. I couldn’t find them after searching online, but they had a LOT of options in the store (more than Lowe’s, if that’s where you initially went – we went to Lowe’s last week to get more for a different project, and they weren’t carried there).ReplyCancel

      • Nicole M - September 30, 2016 - 12:14 PM

        Thanks for replying so quickly! I went with Cabot Gold in Sunlit Walnut. It has a little more orange than I was hoping for, but I still love it.

        I checked out our local Ace Hardware and there they were! And yes, Lowe’s did not have them. Thanks for sharing all the updates and projects that you do. Reading your blog inspires me to keep moving along on all my projects at our home. :)ReplyCancel

  • Penny B - November 16, 2016 - 2:00 PM

    Kim, I spy a Zip Sander! Thank you for the love and Im so glad you think our sandpaper is GAME CHANGER. Please let me know if there is a certain something you love, Im happy to send you some more and thanks again for giving Gatorgrit Sandpaper a shout out.ReplyCancel

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A few months ago, I realized that while we absolutely love our in-wall surround sound system in our main living room space, it was less than ideal music placement if we were, say, cooking in the kitchen or entertaining in our quickly progressing backyard. Schlepping a bluetooth speaker of some sort to wherever we were…
  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - September 15, 2016 - 11:16 AM

    Wow! This is impressive and I’m sure sounds great. Here I was patting myself for finally getting the TV on the wall ;)
    Sound equipment and all that is so baffling to me. We’re still trying to pick a new receiver for our Sony turntable. Which reminds me… any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Scott - September 15, 2016 - 1:03 PM

      Hi Staci! We’ve been really happy with our Yamaha rx-v377. The sound is great and it has a ton of features for the money. Newer models have 3D and 4K capabilities if that’s something that is necessary for your setup. For turntable connectivity, you’ll need a small pre-amp for power, though. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

      • Staci - September 17, 2016 - 2:04 PM

        Thank you so much! Yamaha is what we were looking at and I’m very happy the brand has your endorsement.ReplyCancel

  • julie - September 15, 2016 - 1:22 PM

    Great way to get the home sound feel without having to wire the whole house (or have someone out to do it). Brilliant idea and execution to boot!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - September 15, 2016 - 1:29 PM

    I saw a couple of years ago on Jenna Sue’s design blog that she had recessed speakers put in the ceilings. We rent right now but we are definitely going to do that when we buy a house. For a while, I was thinking about doing a whole house system with a dock for my phone or whatever but then I realized that you have to, you know, leave the phone there, which sounds obvious but yeah. The wireless system sounds like a much better idea!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 15, 2016 - 1:33 PM

      The living room is the one place in our home where we DO have ceiling speakers. When we first renovated that room, we had to tear down the WHOLE ceiling, so we made sure to incorporate it before everything was drywalled back up! More photos on that whole renovation craziness here: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/our-sweet-home-chicago/house/ReplyCancel

  • spiffi - September 15, 2016 - 10:28 PM

    I’ve spent the last few years saving up my credit card cash back dividends, amazon gift cards from birthday gifts and any extra cash I could find, to buy Sonos speakers for my house.

    They aren’t built in – but I don’t mind that – but I have speakers both bedrooms, the office, kitchen and living room. The Sonos system lets me control everything from any computer, my tablet or phone. I can play music files from a hard drive attached to a computer, any streaming source (Pandora, Spotify and a ton of others), or using line in from my cd stereo system if I wanted.

    I can group different rooms together and play the same song everywhere, or separate the rooms and play different things.

    The next big feature will be working with Amazon’s Echo – voice control to play my music anywhere throughout the house – coming early next year!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - September 16, 2016 - 1:59 AM

    I went with Sonos as well. My house had existing built-in speakers in the living room and family room and wiring in place for patio speakers so I started with just those 3 zones when I moved in 6 years ago. I’ve expanded the system when I could afford to pick up another speaker or 2 and now have the whole house covered. I love having music in the kitchen and my master bathroom! And the garage and….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 16, 2016 - 9:27 AM

      Nice! Having bluetooth music in the garage sounds like heaven. And the master bathroom! I’ll have to get Scott on those two areas next!ReplyCancel

      • Scott - September 16, 2016 - 10:22 AM

        Say no more. I’m on it!ReplyCancel

  • Meg D - September 17, 2016 - 10:08 PM

    I CANNOT get enough Jack photos; what a dignified gent he is.ReplyCancel


We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of…
  • Amy - September 13, 2016 - 6:52 AM

    These look great, especially with the new cushions. Be thankful you have dogs. I have wicker chairs in my backyard, and the squirrels love sharpening their teeth on the chairs and chewing up all the wicker. Sigh…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 10:05 AM

      Oh, no! We have crazy city squirrels that’ll do anything for a bite to eat. We’ll keep an eye out!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - September 13, 2016 - 10:14 AM

      Oh no! Squirrels eat wicker?! It’s my dream to have these chairs!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 10:39 AM

        We haven’t had any issues at all, but it’s good to know, I guess?! These chairs have a protective coating, so maybe that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - September 13, 2016 - 11:51 AM

    I am totally jelly. :D I love the chairs but you are right what makes them a stand out are those cushions. Black and white was my original plan for our lanai but I bought something that I could have right away. That whole immediate gratification thing. I spent enough that I am going to have to live with my brown and cream pieces but I am having fun switching up the throw pillows with pops of color that can change with the seasons. Still, I like yours better. Congrats on a great look at a great price.

    • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 11:54 AM

      Thanks, Pam! Swapping out pillows is just as fun. :DReplyCancel

  • Kari - September 13, 2016 - 3:11 PM

    That lounge chair *swoon*
    Loving the progress on your backyard. Looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - September 13, 2016 - 4:27 PM

    In your research did you learn the difference between wicker and rattan? I don’t know the difference and wondered if you knew. Also, I love the black fireplace (I assume you will be posting on the change from orange to black soon)?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 14, 2016 - 5:29 PM

      Haha, I love that you asked this. I DID wonder what the difference was! I looked it up a few weeks ago when I fell down the rabbit hole. Basically, rattan is the material, and wicker is the actual weaving process.

      And yes, we’ll be sharing details on the fireplace soon! We are still working on a few things to get it functioning perfectly, and we want to be able to test it thoroughly beforehand.ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - September 17, 2016 - 10:59 AM

    I saw your chiminea last night in Can’t Buy Me Love! It was the original orangey red color, in the house where Cindy Mancini goes to a party at the beginning (in her mom’s white suede outfit) and again at the end of the movie. It was just a quick glimpse but I thought you’d be tickled.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - September 20, 2016 - 12:18 PM

    I love that foot stool/pouf… where is that little gem from? This space is truly so fun to see come together, step by step. Thank you again for showing us all the details and steps to make it happen!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Peg Coble - September 22, 2016 - 10:01 PM

    Learned about you in Better Homes and Gardens.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 9:42 AM

      So happy you found us, Peg! :)ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - October 18, 2016 - 1:57 PM

    Would you mind sharing what size you ordered for the cushions? I already have these chairs and would love to swap them out for something more fun but when I measured it seemed like they are in between sizes. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 2:17 PM

      You’re right – it is ever-so-slightly between sizes. I went with the 18″, and it fits perfectly side to side. However, there is a small gap in the back (maybe an inch?). It’s hardly noticeable, and the Sunbrella cushions are SO much nicer and more durable than the Target ones!ReplyCancel


When we chose plants for our raised planter boxes, we knew we wanted the overall feel to be very free, if not slightly chaotic. In a sense, we wanted a big, beautiful tangle of plants. Earlier this week, I asked Scott if he thought the plants were happy, because I was worried that our supposedly-bushy-ground cover (the ceratostigma)…
  • Erika @ EP - art.food.home - September 8, 2016 - 7:37 AM

    Oh it just looks so clean and good ! I can only image how pretty it’ll be next year with all the leaves tangled around !ReplyCancel

  • Staci - September 8, 2016 - 10:33 AM

    This looks great, and I love the blissed-out puppers in the sun :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 8, 2016 - 11:34 AM

      They could bake ALL. DAY. LONG. They don’t budge! We just keep bringing them water like their faithful servants.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - September 8, 2016 - 10:52 AM

    I’ve had no luck finding 2×2 pressure treated wood. I’m here in Chicago and have tried a few Home Depots and Menards! May need to rip 2x4s but was trying to save some hassle!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - September 8, 2016 - 12:46 PM

    Those trellises look amazing. Are you growing “Sweet Autumn” clematis? Your backyard looks like an incredible oasis. What a great place to enjoy the last vestiges of summer!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 8, 2016 - 12:48 PM

      Thank you, and yes we are!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - September 8, 2016 - 7:11 PM

    It’s coming together so nicely. Love the trellises andReplyCancel

  • Christin - September 9, 2016 - 9:44 AM

    We added a Sweet Autumn Clematis to our front yard this summer and it is growing like crazy! We’ve got a bunch of small white flowers now and I’m so excited to see it really bloom! The lattice we purchased is almost too small so I may need to create one like this for ours! Your space looks amazing! I wish we had something like this but our backyard is pretty much an ugly jungle right now.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 9, 2016 - 11:56 AM

      Thanks, Christin! We liked that this design had a little more space for a more substantial climber. I’m not sure how big the clematis will get this year, but hopefully next year, it’ll pop!ReplyCancel

  • Judith - September 10, 2016 - 1:54 AM

    After reading your post I got very curious about clematis, as it would fit right into our little backyard. So I googled it and found this information in gardeners.com:”clematis vine does not climb by twining around something, as a pole bean or a morning glory does. It climbs by wrapping its leaf stems around something. Because these leaf stems are not very long, anything that’s more than about 1/2 inch in diameter is too wide for the leaf stem to twist around. The easiest things for a clematis to grab onto, are twine, fishing line, wire, thin branches, wooden dowels or steel rods. The more grabbing opportunities you offer, the better, so even if you have a nice trellis, consider adding some twine “helper” lines, or covering your trellis with a grid of trellis netting.”
    So you have a different variety, that’s able to climb your trellis? Because I very much like the clean look you achieved.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 10, 2016 - 6:08 PM

      I have noticed that our clematis is wrapping its little stems around other parts of itself, and it continuing to grow! That said, We’ve been helping it by weaving it through the trellis. Smaller trellis or wire would probably be ideal, but we told the nursery how thick our lattice was, and they said that as long as we can help to weave the clematis through, it will get to the point that as it winds around other parts of the plant, it will continue to weave through the trellis. It MIGHT just need more help than a wire trellis. :DReplyCancel

      • Amy - September 12, 2016 - 9:55 AM

        It will climb just fine on your trellis. I have a clematis climbing up a trellis with spacing much larger than yours and it goes crazy every year. Once in awhile I’ll help it by weaving it up the trellis, but mostly just let it do it’s thing.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - September 10, 2016 - 7:53 AM

    The outdoor space is really coming together. Great work! Next year, we will tackle the landscaping at BHH. We are so ready. It’s a jungle out here. :)ReplyCancel

  • Louise Martinez - September 13, 2016 - 1:52 PM

    What an amazing DIY! I’m totally having this done at my house. It looks great! Thank you for the post =DReplyCancel

  • […] modern trellis will definitely be on our outdoor to-do list next […]ReplyCancel


With more than 37 linear feet of planter boxes to fill in our backyard, we didn’t want to take any chances. Although we’ve gotten much better at keeping the greenery in and around our home alive, we’ve had more than our fair share of strike outs. Our front garden, for example? It’s taken us three years…
  • Ellen from Ask Away Blog - September 2, 2016 - 7:09 AM

    OMG I love your yard! Great job on everything!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 8:02 AM

      Thanks, Ellen! Sometimes we forget how bad it was just 3 months ago. Crazy.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Mike - September 2, 2016 - 7:42 AM

    My daughter took two years of horticulture and has an amazing green thumb. We also have a very sunny front yard (blazing sunlight!) and at her suggestion, we installed a drip irrigation system. This allows the plants to get continuous moisture (ahem, and keeps me from forgetting to water on a routine basis) which helps the plants thrive. HTH!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 8:01 AM

      That’s a great suggestion and something we’re still considering! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - September 2, 2016 - 8:14 AM

    It looks incredible! I agree, Kim, that clematis is not my favorite. I much prefer morning glories – plus you get the fun of watching them open and close! Growing up, our next door neighbor had a telephone pole support wire in the middle of her backyard, which could have been such an eyesore, but she had morning glories climbing all the way to the top. So maybe my love is actually nostalgia.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 9:08 AM

      You’re right about morning glories – so fun! I told Scott I’d give these until next year to change my mind. I think blooming clematis is so pretty, so we will see…! On a side note, now I’m wondering if we shouldn’t plant morning glories on the hideous phone pole in our alley.ReplyCancel

      • Katie - September 2, 2016 - 1:25 PM

        No offense to Carol above, morning glory can be pretty…but I’d plant it with extreme caution. They are very invasive and will choke out anything else growing around them. They also have a habit of growing somewhere you did not place them, and putting out a ton of seeds. I live out west where it is considered a Noxius Weed. My childhood memories are of my mother battling the morning glory coming from our neighbors yard from destroying her garden. Now that I have my own garden, I am unfortunately continuing that tradition.


        • alex - September 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

          that being said, they would totally be great on the telephone pole, because they are verrrrry resilient. wouldn’t place them in the beds because of the aforementioned reason, but they sure brighten up a spot in a chicago alley!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - September 2, 2016 - 9:53 AM

    Do I detect a huge bicep muscle on Scott’s right arm?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 9:57 AM

      That’s what he gets after loading endless wheelbarrows of brick pavers, gravel and dirt! You should see mine. (Yeah, right.)ReplyCancel

  • Claire - September 2, 2016 - 9:57 AM

    Try Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer. It’s especially good for plants that are trying to establish new roots. It’s cheaper on amazon too.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - September 2, 2016 - 11:00 AM

    We have planter boxes similar to yours in Chicago and often the perennials don’t make it. If you don’t want to replace every year I suggest insulating the outside and topping with a heavy straw mulch over the winter.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 11:09 AM

      Thanks for the tip! We did double insulate the interior walls of the planters. We’re crossing all our fingers that will help.ReplyCancel

  • Carswell - September 2, 2016 - 11:10 AM

    The backyard looks great!

    Just an FYI about ornamental onions/alliums of any kind – they are notorious spreaders and self seeders. I am on a concerted effort to get them out of my garden beds because they keep seeding themselves all through my pea gravel which seems to be a particularly hospitable environment for them. I am very sorry I planted them in the first place even though I love the globe shaped blooms.

    I really like clematis once it gets going – and there’s a huge variety of shapes and colour of blooms. It looks like yours has a great start – give it a bit of time – it may grow on you (pardon the pun). They are very low maintenance plants – I only thin mine out a bit from year to year if I can get to them before they start leafing out. When they get really unruly I cut them back to about 10 inches or so and let them start again – they can grow a lot in one season – as you can see.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 2:24 PM

      Oooh… good to know about the ornamental onion! We’ll keep an eye on it. And thank you for the pointers on the clematis! We need the advice!ReplyCancel

      • Pauline Dunlop - September 4, 2016 - 4:32 PM

        I too love clematis, particularly Montana for its strong growth. Hybrids can be very pretty too but I find they’re not strong enough and flowers die back too quickly. Mind you, I’m in Scotland UK, so my summers are only as warm as your spring (if we’re lucky) :-)ReplyCancel

  • hannah - September 2, 2016 - 12:28 PM

    eager for the trellis DIY! the house next door finally installed their privacy fence and i’ve been trying to figure out what i’m going to nail to it to let plants climb/hide some of the raw board :-DReplyCancel

  • Julie - September 2, 2016 - 1:51 PM

    The garden is stunning! I love gardens that mimic life: a little tangled, but full of color and texture.

    As a side note, be cautious with your pups and the rhododendron. I am not as familiar with the other items in your garden, but rhododendron is considered toxic if chewed on. Make sure they keep their distance :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2016 - 2:23 PM

      Thanks, Julie! Luckily our dogs have never shown interest in any of our plants. I guess they don’t taste enough like peanut butter. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - September 3, 2016 - 8:44 PM

    I love your garden you created! I would of definitely needed to reserve one of those boxes for vegetables; potatoes, carrots, lettuce, oh my! I can’t wait to have a garden (both in flowers & food) in my future yard. (We are Apartment dwellers currently)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 4, 2016 - 10:30 PM

      Thanks, Amanda! We considered veggies in the one closest to our stairs, but maybe another year. We love the idea in theory, but honestly, we probably couldn’t keep up with it!ReplyCancel

    • Ryan - September 6, 2016 - 4:35 PM

      I can’t keep up with annuals or vegetables even on my patio either but I’ve found that perennial herbs look nice, tend to need little water (at least the ones I pick out) and have the potential to be used in cooking which gives me a little more motivation to keep them alive. Try thyme (so many varieties), mint, basil, oregano, rosemary (have to bring inside over the winter), and chives. Trader Joe’s sells little pots and variety pots of herbs that can be a great start. And if they die? I just get more. I’ve killed my mint every year until this summer from not watering it enough.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Conery - September 4, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    If this is similar to our fall blooming clematis you might end up loving it! Ours is a MASS of small white flowers that have a sweet jasmine like scent. The only regret is that they don’t last as long as I wish they would.
    About morning glory… the article referenced above is for a relative of the purple flowered vine. Bindweed (convolvulus) is a perennial and is worse than awful to control. It spreads by underground growth and the tiniest piece of root will grow a new plant. But I doubt that any self-respecting nursery would sell that. The other plant (ipomoea) is an annual, but it’s a prolific self-seeder which is why it comes back every year. It is aggressive so you’d need to work at controlling it. You could remove seed pods before they drop or spread a corn gluten meal based herbicide that stops the seeds before they sprout. Or pull vines over and over.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 6, 2016 - 12:15 PM

      Thank you SO much for the info, Kathleen! We need friends like you (and all you commenters!) to come over and talk to us about plants.ReplyCancel

  • Ann L. - September 6, 2016 - 11:18 AM

    I laughed at what seems to have been an unintentional pun about “being on the fence” about clematis! As Carswell said, it will grow on you. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 6, 2016 - 11:21 AM

      Haha, good catch! And thank you for your follow up pun. :DReplyCancel

  • Trude - September 6, 2016 - 3:13 PM

    It looks absolutely beautiful! And look at those happy pup faces. :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie - September 7, 2016 - 7:07 AM

    Don’t forget about bulbs. The pop of color and life they give the garden really makes me happy every time I see them when so many other things are still hunkering down for the winter.ReplyCancel

    • JULIE - September 15, 2016 - 1:03 PM

      Bulbs is a great suggestion Katie! I was thinking the same thing. They are so great to have at the cold dreary start to spring in Chicago. And they are as easy as (okay easier than) perennials. Plant them once in the fall and in the spring you have pretty blooms that die back just as many of your other plants start to fill in year after year.ReplyCancel

  • MB - September 12, 2016 - 12:43 PM

    Looks awesome! My best tip for new/learning gardeners is a soil moisture meter. Nothing fancy, like $8 from Amazon. Just shove it in a few different spots before you make the daily water or not water decision. Takes a lot of the guess work out.ReplyCancel