If you are looking for some creative ideas to upgrade your outdoor areas to the next level, you might want to attend a garden tour for inspiration!
Yesterday, a few of us headed to the charming seaside town of Spring Lake, New Jersey for their annual Garden Club of Spring Lake – Seaside Garden Tour!
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect with plenty of sunshine and a nice breeze! We toured eight beautiful home gardens. Since the homes were clustered in two sections of town, it was easy to just park twice and walk around.
Each garden was loaded with gorgeous inspiration and although some of the ideas are dreams for most of us, I found plenty of ideas that could work for most budgets!
Layers of colorful hydrangeas and flowing grasses were a popular look.
Many of the homes had cozy outdoor seating areas tucked in their backyards…
This table opened up to a fire pit. I was admiring how well kept the outdoor cushions appeared and the tour volunteer informed me that the owner has a cover for the them. Good to know since I always wonder if people actually cover them in the real world. I recently bought a cover for mine so I don’t have to lug those things in and out all the time!
Another cozy fire pit seating area. I am sure my kids would love to roast marshmallows out there. Although this one is built in, I have heard the little metal portable ones work just fine. Maybe we will pick one up this summer!
There were plenty of other great seating ideas…
I loved the furniture in this outdoor kitchen and patio. The blue cushions really pop against the more neutral background.
How cute is this garden bench nestled in the flower garden?! The straw hat was a nice touch too. This would be a relatively easy way to add some seating without blowing your budget. More money for flowers! (or wine!)…
Here is another adorable bench hidden in a shaded area of one of the properties. The weathered look of the wood really complements the stone.
Speaking of stone…
A stone bench is another pretty option. I love the way this one is surrounded by cinnamon ferns and petunias.
Lately, I have been obsessed by driveways that have grass running up the middle! Isn’t this pretty? I wanted to take off my shoes and walk down the center! I know you would have to make sure the grass is always neatly mowed but if you have a driveway like this, you most likely would have a lawn service!
Here is another one. I don’t even think this property was on the tour but when I walked by, I had to take a picture!
Then there were the pools…
This beauty felt so private in the back corner of the property.
This one had full all-day sun with a huge umbrella for shade. Although I have seen these cantilever umbrellas at many different price points, we just picked one up for our deck from Home Depot for around $300. Definitely do-able if you like that look!
This pool was surrounded by grasses which definitely gives that beachy feel. After all, the ocean was only a block away.
Another lovely pool with stone walls and plenty of pretty foliage!
We were all obsessed with this pool! The owners bought the lot behind their house to build this amazing oasis. Would you believe that building is the POOL HOUSE?!! Like I said, I am sharing ideas for every budget! Needless to say, this is not in my budget!
Here is another great idea which wouldn’t be too expensive if you already have a pergola. How nice to have a pergola canopy to shade you from the midday sun!
If you look closely, you can see that the canopy hangs on a track to make it easy to open and close. I just love this idea!
Here is a fun idea for sports loving families…
This sports/basketball court looks like it’s permanent but if you take a closer look, you can see that it’s made up of squares linked together. The “court” just floats above the driveway and could be removed as needed. We lifted it up just to be sure. I have never seen anything like it before!
My friend is going to use this photo for inspiration in her own garden. Not only does the urn hold flowers but it sits among the flowers in the bed. Great look!
More hydrangeas…they were everywhere!
I have always been a fan of flower boxes. These are another way to add another layer of flowers to your house without spending too much.
In additional to touring some fabulous garden tours, we got to relax on this spectacular porch for refreshments!
I could only dream of what the inside of this beauty looked like!
We first approached the house from this angle with a view of this huge American flag to greet us! A nice welcome!
The refreshments were served on the porch but we had the option of sitting on this gorgeous patio! I could imagine inviting guests for cocktails out here…we could play croquet on that lawn…ahhh to dream!
And speaking of dreaming…
I even took a few photos of houses that weren’t on the tour because the town of Spring Lake is just too pretty not to share!
I can never get enough blue and white!
Or just white…I definitely have a thing for white houses!
And white flowers! Love these mini daisies!
It was a lovely day spent in Spring Lake! If you have a chance to attend a garden tour in your area, I recommend you go. I hope I gave you some ideas to incorporate into your own gardens! If you would like to see some ways I was inspired by this tour, visit my post, 7 Ways to Update Your Deck for Entertaining. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!
Which garden feature was your favorite?
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