Backyard Landscaping - 4 Years

Although the east coast rain cycle has caused a lot of havoc in a lot of areas, in my backyard, the rain has been welcomed.  Here's how our yard looked 3 years ago, about a year after planting hydrangeas near the back of the house and screen porch.

Here's how it looks now...

I guess I no longer need to worry about covering those air conditioning units - naturally screening is doing its thing!

On the back of the screen porch door, I added this door basket (found here) filled with some nursery plants.  

I'm not sure I have ever showcased that back door, but it's a great area now.  In case you are interested, here is the light that I eventually chose (it took a few tries to get it right).  I wanted a "dark skies"light so it would not bother our neighbors but I wanted to be sure the steps were well lit for my friends when they leave after a couple of glasses of wine!

Last year our garden gate looked like this -

This year it looks like this -

The hydrangeas are again the big story of this before and after.  I also added a metal basket onto our side gate.  I think it's actually for Christmas but I've had it for years and never used it before.  I almost tossed it in the yard sale pile but thought of this space.  Why not?

I also finally found a climbing hydrangea that I hope will eventually climb the arbor over the gate.  Hopefully this does as well as the other hydrangeas.

Hope you are having a great day!