Private. Lush. Tropical.
Many New Orleanians live in their private backyards, and J & I are no exception. We love our “secret gardens”. Head out the sliding doors of the breakfast room and meet me in the courtyard. You might want to bring an Arnold Palmer…
The courtyard does not get much direct sunlight no matter how many times or how much the large hollies are pruned. Aspidistra leaves (also known as cast-iron leaves), palms, ferns, elephant ears, and caladiums fill the grounds and many planters in the yard. The courtyard is a lush, tropical oasis.
You can get much more information on the cast iron plants here: http://www.epicgardening.com/cast-iron-plant/
All of the furniture was used from out previous Atlanta yard and fit perfectly in various spots on the courtyard.
The courtyard features a built in brick pond/fountain. The sound is very soothing.
The large metal farm troughs hold various plants and herbs.
The alley way includes many more cast-iron leaves, ferns, and elephant ears.
A view from the second floor balcony down to the courtyard.
Today, enjoy more of the tour of the rear courtyard. The courtyard includes an upper balcony area along the rear of the house, a covered area perfect for relaxing, and a lower brick spot for dining & grilling.
(Believe it or not, I do love the green algae which grows readily on the old brick. It certainly gives the courtyard character and charm.)
One of my favorite gifts, a rooster weathervane.
View from the courtyard to the second floor balcony outside the master bedroom.
Canopy of holly trees.
Furniture- Frontgate, Lowe’s, Overstock.com, Frontera
Outdoor Rugs- Frontgate
Outdoor Pillows- Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Lowe’s
Farm troughs- Ace Hardware
Grill- Home Depot
Plants- Green Parrot Nursery, Perino’s Nursery, Ganier’s Nursery
(If you have a question about any other item, simply leave a comment, and I will gladly get back to you.)
I hope you enjoyed your time on this “secret garden” tour.