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Before & After: Annie’s Busy Garden

before and after, yellow house, patio, ecclectic

After last week’s post I figured I better keep the bar held high and share another super mega huge transformation. I found this one at the blog Wow, That’s a Busy Garden and the title is spot on. I was kind of wistful when I noticed that this blog isn’t being updated any longer, because the content is pretty impressive. Anyway, this before photo was actually taken after Annie and her husband already put a ton of work into the house, but I’ll include the photo from 10 years ago at the end of the post.

before and after, back yard, transformation, makeover, yellow house, patio, pavers, concrete stain

Inspired by a simple mosaic patio Annie saw during a trip to Mexico, this project ended up being way bigger than she had originally set out for. She found herself collecting interesting pavers and bricks and used concrete stain to transform them into the colors she wanted. Soon her “little” project turned into one that spanned over the course of two summers!  But at last, it was finally finished, and her hard work and dedication definitely shows.


Below is a picture of the house when they moved in 10 years ago. A lot has changed! You can really tell just how much time she puts into her yard…it’s probably one of the coolest long-term transformations I’ve seen in a long time. I love looking at yards and seeing that things were added a little bit at a time rather than just purchased and placed over the course of a season. Her husband jokes that he needs a bumper sticker that says “I lost my wife to a garden.” I thought that was pretty funny.

before, backyard, suburb, porch, plain

Yeah…huge difference. This house went from plain Jane to colorfully eclectic and it’s hard to tell that it’s even the same place. Awesome job, Annie. -erin

If you have a great garden related makeover project that you would like to share with Studio ‘g’ readers please send us pictures and tell us about it.

Images from Wow, That’s a Busy Garden.



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  1. Rachelle says:

    It sure reflects personality, but I’m not sure it is for everyone. As a gardener and plant collector, I would have made different use of the space.

  2. Roger Rodriguez says:

    Would like to see a landscape illustrating an orange or grayish brick patio set in brick sand (masonry sand).

  3. Roger Rodriguez says:

    Am looking into creating or laying out my bkyd as such with a good foundation where I can drive my F-150 over it.

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