Our Cottage Front Garden….

Smiles Everyone,

I heart my garden. Gardening surrounds my soul with serenity. Thirteen years ago Mr. Charmer and I married.  We I decided to have a garden wedding.  We did NOT have a garden!  So off I went, planning, digging, planting and tending to what would soon turn in to a great passion of mine.

As the years quickly passed our wedding the garden has greatly expanded.   It wasn’t long before the garden encroached out in to the lawn area replacing  most of  the lush blades of grass with plants.  Mr. Charmer tried very hard to hold on to his lawn, but as always, it was more important for him to see me smile, so he relinquished his lawn to all the soon to be new plants.

Our front cottage garden………….


Our front garden, this picture was taken standing out in the street.

Looking up to the house from the sidewalk.

North side of garden off of the front porch (oops we just put down mulch, should of  swept the sidewalk)

Close up of garden statue, one of my favorites. At one time I had all “lady related” object out her, and called it the “Ladies Garden”

This section is just below our front room windows.  See there’s another lady, the fountain.  We purchased this fountain many years ago when visiting Mr. Charmer’s parents in Tennessee.


This view was taken standing behind the statue, right next to the front porch looking out to the southeast corner.

This is the South facing side of our home just outside the driveway.  You can still see some mulch and a wheel barrel left after a really hard day of laying mulch.

Another of the north side garden with a welcoming seating area.

I was standing in the driveway when I took this shot, it spans across the garden directly across from the front windows.

A close up of the front door/porch area.  When we  purchased the Charmer the existing porch was really small (4′ by 4′ slab). The new porch was built right over the existing cement slab.

North side of garden by the porch to backyard.  In the background you can see a little bit of the arbor from last year’s Deck Project!

Hope you enjoyed our front garden.

Savvy Southern Style


  1. says

    Your home looks like a storybook. I love all the little hidden rooms in your garden and the variety of flowers you have growing. I am new to your blog and found you from Fishtail Cottage. I will be back soon to explore more. Patty

    • says

      That’s when I seen the front door of my home in a newspaper I knew this would be where I would be. I do love it here. My garden is small, so I like to create space by creating “rooms”. Thanks for stopping by and I stopped by your blog too!

  2. says

    I absolutely love your house and garden… so inviting! By chance, I’m thinking of painting our ancient repurposed Wisconsin cheesefactory and looking for a change… believe it or not, your colors are exactly the ones I’ve been considering… they certainly do work for you!! Loved this post… Larry

    • says

      My home does have a lot of charm, and one of the reasons I fell in love with it. I do love the color combination and they will be great on your house. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. says

    What a lovely space! It’s obvious how much work you put into it and the results speak for themselves!!!

    thanks for sharing,

    • says

      It never feels like work, I love gardening so, it gives me such a great sense of joy. The extra is when others love it as much as me!

  4. says

    Hi Cathy! Thank-you for sharing your fairytale cottage! I found you over at fishtale cottage garden party. Your garden is just darling. I will follow you. Denise englishpurpleribbon.blogspot.com/

    • says

      I like to stop and sit in my garden, thats why I have created so many rooms. Each provides their own view and scenery. Thanks for liking our garden.

    • says

      We do sit a lot on our porch, it’s cooler in the evening to sit out here. Pouring a glass of lemonade sounds like a great way to start reading a great book. So glad you like our garden.

  5. says

    Oh Cathy I love your garden more than your home LOL what a slice of heaven and I have DEEP ROOTED garden envy… If I lived in your neighborhood I would blog about YOUR garden lol
    soooo dang dreamy

    • says

      Thanks for letting me know you like our garden, it is a slice of heaven, wish you lived in my neighborhood so we could sit and chat in the garden.

  6. says

    I so love looking at other gardens. Yours is so lovely! all the different seating areas are such a great idea. I made a little miniature garden in a vintage wagon and want to use it as part of a seating area in our yard- still trying to figure out where and how to do it!

    • says

      Just let the area pick itself, one that provides a great view, it will happen. Thanks so much for letting me know you like our garden.

    • says

      Our house is cute, and love the gardens, so happy you do too. It’s always nice to hear that someone appreciates it as much as we do.

    • says

      I do feel like our gardens provide us a little heaven on earth during the summer months. Sure hope it cool off some so we can enjoy being outdoors more.

  7. says

    I could sit in your front yard garden all day!! Gardening is embedded into my soul as well.Im never closer to God than when Im in my garden on my knees digging or weeding and always praying!

    • says

      So glad to know someone else feels the same way I do about gardening! it is in our souls, and I also never feel closer to God than when i am in my garden. It is a very spiritual experience. Will stop by and hope to see some pictures of yours.

    • says

      I did our garden over time, a little bit more each year. It is fun and exciting to see it grow. So take slow and easy it will reward you back.

  8. says

    You have the gift to put plants together. What a haven in the middle of town! The pictures showing the shadows casting on the porch makes it seem like such a cool place to stop and rest for a moment. I enJOYed the post very much. ah, ah, found you on your own linky party. Thanks for hosting it.

    • says

      It is our little haven in town. I love seeing the shadows on the porch it gives it a mystical feeling. So glad you found the post!

  9. says

    Your front garden looks like something out of a gardening magazine, Cathy! It’s just beautiful – and quaint – and cozy – and oh so inviting! I adore the way you mix soft colors and textures with hardscaping. GREAT job!!! :) Oh, and your round topped front door is absolutely delicious!!

    xoxo laurie

    • says

      Wow to say our garden looks like something in a gardening magazine is quite the compliment. The first thing I seen about our home was the arched door, it pulled me in from day 1.

  10. says

    Your home and gardens are so pretty and charming! I can tell you’ve put lots of love into your garden. I’m a little bit jealous! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  11. Ana Maria says

    I just discovered your blog through Marty of “A Stroll thru Life”. What an incredibly beautiful garden! What an inspiration! I became a follower and look forward to reading more about your lovely home.
    Ana Maria

  12. Connie Bishop says

    Absolutely beautiful! Who needs a big lawn to mow? Your landscaping should be photographed for Southern Living Magazine….along with your pretty home.

    • says

      I inched my way farther and farther out in to the lawn, slowly. What a great compliment to say it should be in Southern Living, wow what a great compliment.

  13. says

    I am in love! Your home looks like the sweetest cottage ever and I just think that it’s so romantic and beautiful. Reminds me of the sweetest doll house I have ever made and your work and love for this place is so endearing.

  14. says

    Visiting from Kim’s party- You have a really lovely garden area surrounding an equally charming home! You certainly have the green thumb touch, Cathy. :-) I’m a newbie to gardening, since our backyard was transformed last fall. I’ve always had a bit of a brown thumb, but I think it is gradually changing color! LOL
    I’ve been working on my yard since our first warm weather in March and I’m hoping it will begin filling in even more, now that the weather has turned Hot and Humid. ~ Sue

  15. Ash says

    Hi Cathy! What gorgeous garden! Worth every effort of it. Wish I could drop by for some ice-lemon tea and chat in your seating area at the north side of the garden. Lovely white chairs!

  16. says

    Your garden is so beautiful. It’s so lush and the greenery is perfect. Your home and garden it just the kind of garden I love to slowly stroll by. Thanks for brightening my day with your beautiful space.

  17. says

    What a beautiful outside space you have! To say it’s gorgeous can’t even come close to describing how wonderful everything is. This is one of my favorite picks for the week, thanks for sharing at Sunday Blog Love.

  18. says

    Oh wow, Cathy! Breathtaking! Beautiful! I’m including a link back in this week’s outdoor highlights.

    On another note – I LOVED LOVED meeting you and wish we would have had more time to chat!

  19. Marcia says

    I absolutely love every space you’ve created within your yard. Each one looks like a separate room. Some people just have a knack and you definitely do.

  20. says

    Wow, wow, wow….I love your garden….and you house….beautiful. You must really spend a lot of time gardening….and it shows!!

  21. Patty says


    You site is wonderful. Thank you for sharing all that you do.

    I was wondering if you would share the green trim color and who put it out, on your cottage. It’s a very pretty green!!

    Thank you,

  22. says

    You home is pretty beautiful also. Love the blue. I so wish we lived close I have some many plants I could share with you. Can you mail plants, bare roots I imagine. I’ll research. I fell in love with this home over 25 years ago when I bought it after a divorce.

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