It was beyond silly and humiliating to me that the rest of the yard looked like this.
Uneven pavers hard to walk on. A peak of old, rotten teak furniture on the left.
Overgrown everything. Not watered or maintained.
A once pretty space, gone to weeds.
Crazy courtyard. Our yard has three separate courtyards, depending on how you are counting. I could make an argument that it has four. Too much.
Overgrown lavender around rustic (?) fountain.
The bench where pots and orchids go to die.
We decided to bite the bullet and landscape the whole thing consistently with the strip along the back wall. It wasn't cheap, and it wasn't easy.
First we had to pull out an ungodly amount of concrete tile and expensive rock that my husband laid one by painful one into a sand base.
But honestly. All worth it.
Front of the house.
We got a nice lighted space for BBQ. See how the concrete pad complements the concrete pavers?
And then the fun part is accessorizing. The Preway I have ALWAYS wanted! Freestanding to heat the courtyard. Great party ambiance! And so sculptural.
And a vintage refinished Brown Jordan patio set to complete the picture. We had a cute baby girl shower a few week's ago. I was PROUD to hostess.
And yes, this photo was taken late-January-2015. Sorry East Coast.
And, I also bit the bullet on regular garden maintenance, so that the sorry situation we had on our hands before, will never, ever happen again.