Tour our Cheap Poolside Garden

Several years ago our pool badly needed to be re-done......yes, that expensive cement fishing hole. :) The entire perimeter of the pool was re-designed, retaining walls knocked down and what flowers and shrubs I had were destroyed in the process. 
So the quest was on to add a new garden to one length of the pool, very inexpensively.  Yard sales....yep....yard sales were the answer. I had visions of a pink and white garden with some blue so I started with purchased good sized, nursery stock pink spirea in a serpentine pattern.  Now, admittedly, this is a long term project and you have to be patient and wait for opportunities to come along.

But I wasn't thinking of yard sales as my source of plants, but when the stores put their stuff on sale. Until one day, I saw a yard sale listed on Craig's List with plants too.  And that was the start. 

That day I purchased monkey grass or liriope and hosta ....a whole lot of it ...cheap.  That lady was moving to Colorado and was selling off everything.  That tall spikey stuff you see is another item I bought from a yard sale.  That person had a small greenhouse and just enjoyed growing all kinds of plants and then she sold them very inexpensively. I forgot the name of this one, but it has a pinky purplish flower in the Fall, perfect in Autumn arrangements.  And it spreads too so you get a lot of bang for your buck. :)

 Isn't this hydrangea gorgeous?  When it first blooms, it's white, then it turns this gorgeous shade of green.  This I bought as a tiny thing from a Farmer's Market over in the next county.  This is the first year it's been full of blossoms.

LOL...this came from my own kitchen.  A potato spouted in the potato bowl late winter and I let it grow.  When Spring came I planted it in the planter at the end of the pool and look at it now. 

My daisies......I love them.  Another yard sale buy.  The lady was dividing hers and was practically giving them away.  These have multiplied so quickly and they make fabulous long lasting cut flowers.

My blue hydrangeas (and one rogue orange lily).  My two bushes were gifts and they have gotten so big and just loaded this year with pretty blue blooms.   The frog on the bench was a Goodwill buy for $1.00. :)

Mint!....this is wild mint and was a hitchhiker from another plant.  Mint is invasive and a lot of people don't like it.  It spreads quickly.  I just pull up what I don't need and let the rest grow.  I like the white flower on it and I include stems of it in my cottage flower arrangements for the house. Smells good!

The balloon flower.  Isn't it pretty? I am embarrassed to tell you how I acquired this.  There was an ad in our little tiny newspaper of a home that was selling all the yard plants.  Come and dig up what you want the ad said.  So I went.  This lady was a high up in the garden club and her yard was phenomenal with gorgeous landscaping. But the couple were in the throes of a divorce (a bad one I think) and she was selling everything including all the yard and garden stock.

I had one purchased crepe myrtle elsewhere in the yard and little ones keep popping up each Spring.  I put three of them around the pool and they are quite large now.  I just recently found several more and have transplanted those around the chicken's romantic roost and the pool shed.  Watermelon red is my favorite color of these beautiful trees.

Not a plant, but it is a garden feature.  This past winter I found these West Elm rock tables on Craig's List at half their original price.  They were still in the boxes wrapped in the shipping paper.  The lady had bought them and realized they just didn't work right for her and they were too heavy to ship back, so now they're mine.  With all my vintage and antiques it's my nod to contemporary. :)

The butterfly bushes. How I love them.  There are two in the poolside garden, both freebies.  I have one bush in the back yard and I guess they were transplanted by the birds and the bees.  Lucky me!  This one is a magenta color and this picture just does not do the true beauty of the color justice.

And the bees and butterflies are an endless source of FREE joy!

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Audrey said...

Love your flower gardens and best of all FREE ... Looking good.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Ivy and Elephants said...

Just gorgeous, ....
you know things are perfect when you have butterflies and bees! Lovely.

Junkchiccottage said...

It all looks so pretty. Free love Free. Everything is gorgeous.

Art and Sand said...

Your garden is just wonderful and that you got so many at yard sales is amazing.

I was dividing plants yesterday and ended up planting 10 calla lilies in my next door neighbor's yard - they can't garden anymore. They loved the free plants and I loved clearing out the thick foliage in my garden. 2 families happy.

Maureen Wyatt said...

My favourite pic is the butterfly bush! I really like that you have shown how a garden can be put together, and look lovely, with very little expense. Gardening is all about patience, even down to finding reasonably priced plants!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

:)) You have a talent for making things not only beautiful but so welcoming. (())

SImple and Serene Living said...

It is all so pretty and I am happy that you shared with us how you found it all so inexpensively. Patience definitely pays off. xo Laura

Karen said...

Hi There,
I love your pool - wish I could go for a dip right now. We are having nice weather on the West Coast. Your flowers are beautiful too. Love those daisies, froggy, bench, everything! Have a wonderful weekend!
Take care,

Laurel Stephens said...

Oh my gosh, your pool and surrounding garden is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing that you acquired many of your plants through yard sales. I had no idea! I'm going to be scouring craigslist, etc. for sales that include plants from now on. SO smart!

NanaDiana said...

Those are some amazing pictures, Lynn. They have a lot of garage sales with plants around here and also the church groups have garden exchanges. I just LOVE plants- xo Diana

Connie in Hartwood said...

Beautiful stuff, Lynn! From what I can tell from your photo, it looks like your white hydrangea is Annabelle ... it's an heirloom and one of my favorites!

Patti said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I need plants to fill this barren 3acres we moved to. Craigslist, here I come!

RobinfromCA said...

Everything is so beautiful! The only thing I ever see being sold by individuals around our area are water lilies. I wish I could find garden plants like you did!
Have a lovely weekend!

Alycia Nichols said...

All this for cheap and/or free??!?!! Wow! I'm impressed! Too bad about the lady going through the divorce, but her divorce meant your marriage to a beautiful blooming plant that, unlike her marriage, has a chance of lasting a lifetime! (That wasn't meant in a mean way.) Your poolside plantings are gorgeous and plentiful!!!!! The rock table is pretty slick, too!

Unknown said...

Your eye has certainly captured the imagery. Often with a camera, that is surprisingly difficult to do. Here you have shared the prettiest of things; your garden flowers...ah, aromatic blog "smellavision" :).
Here - our flowers not quite in the fullness of bloom.

The pool area looks ever so inviting and welcoming, which describes you perfectly.

Beverly said...

It all looks wonderful, Lynn. You have done a great job.

Happy Pink Saturday.♥

ImagiMeri said...

Just gorgeous. I only wish we could have flowers like that here in AZ, but everything dies out or burns up by May with our heat.


D. Jean Quarles said...

I can't believe all the plants you've found in others yards. Interesting. Beautiful!

Babs said...

Pretty collection of plants and it's fun knowing where you got them. I like "pass alongs". We have a couple of neighbors we share back and forth with. Love the "free" butterflies.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Your garden is so pretty! I don't really have a lot of pink by our pool but if you lived close to me I could share some banana trees and elephant ears! I need to thin mine out!

Olive said...

Fabulous are you plant finds. I have two butterfly bushes. I cut them back each February and they bloom for me so well. I love yo give away and trade plants. That is the way my mama did it. She would never have gone to a nursery.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh my, your gardens are just beautiful Lynn! What a great mix of color and texture. I bet it smells lovely too. And isn't it fun to watch the bees and butterflies! Enjoy!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your garden and pool are beautiful, Lynn! Thanks for joining the Open House party and check out your feature this week.

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