We have a few obstacles/eyesores to tackle here:
1. Our neighbour rents the house next door from a landlord with a strong affinity for ugly sheds. Not only is there a two-car garage in the back, there are also two sheds, one of them built with state-of-the-art particle board, and just inches away from the fence. To hide this outbuilding compound, Josh will be adding a trellis to the top of the fence to extend it, and we'll add some pots with climbing plants in front of it and encourage them to grow up through the trellis. We may also add a large trellis along the back of the garage to boost the greenery quotient.
2. I LOVE having air conditioning, and appreciate it so much more due to the fact we lived without it through a sweltering hot Ottawa summer. However, it requires a lot of power to cool our house, and as a result, the A/C unit out back is a monstrosity and it takes up a good part of one of our micro-mini gardens. I can't have anything growing too close to it, but I'd like some big plants that will camoflage it a bit next year.
3. This is not an eyesore, but more of an obstacle requiring a bit of research. Our garden bed that runs along the back of the garage gets almost no sunlight during the day due to the eaves on the garage. So the plan is to fill it with some lush looking plants that need next to no sunshine. We didn't plant anything this year as we had to wait a few months for the garage to get stucco'd (is that a word?) before we could add the soil.
|The left raised bed runs along the garage.|
|Although this isn't a back patio, the hydrangea in this photo are so lovely I've decided so use them around the A/C unit in the hopes that they will grow full enough to disguise it.|
|Love the pops of colour and the outdoor mat on the right and the use of greenery in both photos.|
|Love the clean lines of this space.|
|Again with the bold pops of colour|
|Two great banquettes...now if only I had a spare corner to put one...|
|I don't have the space to create this bucolic look, but love the bistro set and potted flowers.|
What would be more important for you?
Here are two last inspiration photos which perfectly portray the two options we'll have to decide between next spring. The photos are from Chris Hyndman and Steven Sabados' rooftop patio in Toronto.