Every inch of this shotgun side garden was used to create a Serenity Garden. One enters through a custom cedar trellis upon which hangs a vintage gate, from a mid-century Memphis home, showing stylish curb appeal. Crushed lime stone and pavers create a low maintenance “floor” to this outdoor room, adding living space to this small abode. Corrugated tin panels create texture on the fence “wall” and decorative items add color and interest. A horse trough is used to contain bamboo that provides a living screen that is seen from inside the house. An iron door with a climbing vine leads you to the end of this calm space, that is complete with a table and chairs to enjoy the evening and sunset.
Circa: 1912 Garden Age: 2 years
- Trees: Crepe Myrtle, Sweet Olive, Rose of Sharon
- Shrubs: hydrangea, gardenias, nandina, button bush
- Vines: native honeysuckle, jasmine
- Perennials: bamboo, kimberly ferns, dianthus, irises
- Groundcovers: sedums, polygonum, mazus, monkey grass, liriope
Garden Philosophy: I am a new gardener, just learning. I love pass-a-long plants.
Favorite Garden Tip : Decorate your fence with art, metal pieces, plates, mirrors, and whatever else you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella Bites
Makes 24 Bites. This recipe can be made for any number of people.
- 24 long toothpicks
- 24 fresh basil leaves
- 24 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 24 small fresh mozzarella balls–often labeled bocconcini)
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to season
- Using a toothpick, spear a half cherry tomato, a basil leaf, a cheese ball, and a half cherry tomato.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Mix oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and drizzle over bites.
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