by Kate of

With spring in the air I wanted to share a special little spot in my backyard where I enjoy morning coffee or evening wine, it’s our courtyard just off the kitchen. I was invited by the Sunset Western Garden Collection® to spruce up a section of my yard and this space was the perfect place.

Sunset Western Garden Collection

Sunset Western Garden Collection

Just like with the fall planting bed project, I selected a medley of plants on the Sunset Western Garden Collection® website, they arrived on my porch and I took them out of their boxes and gave them a drink.

Sunset Western Garden Collection

Jubilation Gardenia

Rather than buying expensive new planters I turned to a cheaper method. One of the easiest ways to make plastic containers look classier is good ol’ spray paint. Make sure you get one that works on plastic, some do some don’t.

Courtyard Containers - Sunset Western Garden Collection

To make inexpensive brown plastic planters and blue buckets work with my fern green and black palette I spray painted them with Rustoleum paint + primer.

Purple Pixie Loropetalum & Mountain Snow Pieris

Often overlooked are dark leafed plants but I’m loving the Purple Pixie® Dwarf Weeping Loropetalum as a contrast to the abundance of green leaves in the Mountain Snow™ Pieris that is about to bloom in the black pot.

On the fireplace ledge sits ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia in the black containers and ‘Lemon Lime’ Nandina in the painted green buckets, the medley is lush to look at during the day. (On the rare occasion we light the fire at night I move them to the ground.)

Sunset Western Garden Collection Containers

Around the corner are containers of budding Jubilation™ Gardenia and fragrant Chef’s Choice® Rosemary.

Jubilation Gardenia & Chef's Choice Rosemary

This spot is my absolute favorite place to enjoy a glass of local wine at the end of the day!

Sunset Western Garden Collection