The backyard has been a big project over the past couple of years. We started by hiring a landscaper to create beds and fill them in with English boxwoods and Savannah Hollies, all of which stay green year-round and tolerate our hot Texas summers. Stroud and I also spent a weekend drilling a wire-patterned trellis into the front wall of our garage. I planted a few Confederate Jasmine vines below the wires, and over the past year they've really made our garage's ugly white siding so much prettier The last step was covering the 1980s gravel patio with pattern-cut Pennsylvania bluestone, building in a grill, and replacing the outdoor lighting with lanterns from Visual Comfort.
This is the first year our jasmine vine has bloomed, and it smells amazing. Creating a trellis like this is easy. You just need a drill, some hook and wire, a tape measure and a very patient husband. Click here for a great tutorial on creating your own trellis.