Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Summer 2016 Garden Tour & Blog Hop

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

I know I’m usually sharing what’s happening inside our house, but this week I’ve teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share our outdoor spaces and give you a garden tour.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably caught on that I have this thing with flowers. Next to Christmas, my favorite day of the year is the day I head to the nursery to buy flowers. Well, days, because let’s be honest—I can never shop just once!

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

We’ve been in our home for four-and-a-half years now and I think I can honestly say that landscaping has been the biggest challenge of moving into a new construction because we were completely starting from scratch. Our yard was nothing but mud for the first five months that we lived here, and then once the grass was planted, we battled weeds from the straw and cheap seed the builder used. Our grass is slowly coming around; thankfully our landscaping makes up for it! We designed and selected all of our bushes and plants with a local nursery, who planted it for us the first Spring we were in our home. It’s taken a few years for things to get established and fill out, and so far this year, everything seems to be thriving.

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

In our front yard, we have two knockWe have two deep pink Knockout Roses that are absolutely huge. When they bloomed for the first time a few weeks ago, they absolutely exploded with color!

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos with my good camera before the deer helped themselves to an all-you-can-eat rose bud buffet. Ugh.

I’m a little obsessed with big bloomers like peonies and hydrangeas. In my dreams, my backyard has a gorgeous English-style cutting garden with hedges and hedges of these flowers. For now, we have have just a few of these along the left side of our home. My peony already bloomed for the season; it has the most gorgeous deep pink flowers.

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

We have two hydrangea – one that we just added earlier this Spring. It has the tiniest bloom on it! I can’t wait to see how these grow over the next few years!

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Further down the left side of our house, we have a raised veggie garden. We built the cedar bed several years ago (you can find the tutorial here). This year, I planted several bunches of lettuce, three different tomato plants and one zucchini. The hubs added this fence around it to keep the deer away (are you sensing a trend in our neighborhood?) using a roll of galvanized wire and metal posts.

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Moving around our backyard, we’ve got a small deck and patio. It’s not the fanciest space, but it’s what we currently have to work with. I have been experiencing some major patio-envy this summer, and would love to completely overhaul this space. However, that’s not exactly in the budget so… I’ll just have to make the best of it for now.

Simple patio entertaining

We still have plenty of space to have some friends over for a drink or two. We ran a cable line out here when the house was being built so we can bring a small TV outside to watch baseball and football games. Not a bad set-up 😉

Simple patio entertaining

Simple patio entertaining

Simple patio entertaining


I developed a love for container gardening when we lived in a condo before building this house, and I still love to add planters and containers all over our deck and patio. Unfortunately, the deer like these too, so I usually corral everything on the deck where they can’t reach my flowers!

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

I’ve got a hummingbird feeder hanging from that shepherd’s staff and I love watching those little birds zip all over our backyard!

One of the things I love about making my annual Spring trip to the flower nursery is checking out all the different varieties they carry. And I rarely plant the same flowers from year to year. This year, I filled our two window boxes with purple pentas and ageratum along with yellow zinnias.

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

I couldn’t pass up these interesting white and pink geraniums, and I love these vertical angelonia. I’ve got a small hanging pot with an orange-yellow thunbergia hanging near the hummingbird feeder, and a small pot of pink carnations on our deck.

Summer 2016 Garden Tour


I made this simple vertical herb garden several years ago, and still love it! This year I’ve got basil and cilantro along with a couple of small pots of alyssium flowers.

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

Summer 2016 Garden Tour

I hope you enjoyed my garden tour! Be sure to stop by and check out my friends’ tours as well – they’ve got some beautiful spaces to share & there will be more to come as the week goes on!

Summer Garden Tour & Ourdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden Tour & Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden tour and outdoor Spaces Hop


Lehman Lane

Our House Now a Home

The Dean’s List

Green with Décor

2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s House

Summer Garden Tour / Outdoor Spaces Hop


Two Purples Couches

Knock it Off Kim

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


2 Bees in a Pod – Jennifer’s house

My Life from Home

Average but Inspired

Refresh Living

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


Little Bits of Home

The Honeycomb Home

Iris Nacole

Twelve on Main

Beauteeful Living

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


Hunt & Host

Simple Nature Décor

Love Your Abode

My Creative Days

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26 thoughts on “Summer 2016 Garden Tour & Blog Hop

  1. Lindsay Eidahl

    YOur flowers are gorgeous and I love that you can watch games outside. My husband would love that. We’ll be over for a margarita……. or TWO! 😉

  2. Bre

    Your home is adorable and your landscaping looks great! That would be a challenge to start from scratch with it, but you’ve done a great job!

  3. Elizabeth @RusticMaple

    Hi Emily! I’m stopping by for the first time through the garden tour blog hop. Your outdoor spaces are pretty and I especially like the pretty flowers and your front entry. Thanks for the tour!

  4. Iris Nacole

    Emily, you have such a beautiful home, and outdoor space too! I love all of the beautiful flowers you’ve surrounded yourself with. Beautiful!

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