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Small House Country Garden Playhouse Set for Summer

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Our petite playhouse has been a place where I decorate, garden and just plain have fun. I found this cute structure for sale on a country road a few years ago for just $75.00 and I scooped it up immediately. I originally bought it as a playhouse for our out-of-town granddaughters but in all honesty I probably “play” there more than they do!
It holds an overflow of toys and gets emptied out and played in when they come to visit.
I’ve painted, decorated and added fieldstones and perennials to charm it up and each year I get a bit more done. This spring I added two climbing vines 1) a purple (Multi-Blue) clematis and a 2) a Honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii /Dropmore Scarlett) climbing up a metal second-hand plate rack to double as trellis.
My planting style is definitely informal. The playhouse is already surrounded by easy-care daylilies that I planted a few years back. Earlier this spring, I also transplanted small chunks of white daisy’s, lavender cat mint and to colors of heritage iris to add more color to the country garden setting. Within a couple of years they too will bloom and bring more color, form and interest to the space. Every effort I make is informal and rustic which suits our country garden to a tee.
I have plans to transplant more catmint along the side flower beds if we get a rainy spell yet this year. I mulched the flower bed heavily with bark chips to keep plants moist and prepare the hard ground for more transplants.
More second-hand finds mounted this spring on the side of the playhouse include; a painted Victorian metal vase along with, a flag holder with garden flag - all help the playhouse to become a centerpiece of our meadow garden.
It’s fun to decorate for the seasons and to share with those who come to tour our garden. Stop in for a personalized tour if you are ever in our area!
  • small house country garden playhouse set for summer, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, perennial, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
The side view of our country garden playhouse as it sits in our meadow. The Small House can be seen in the far distance of this photograph.
  • small house country garden playhouse set for summer, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, perennial, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
The new honeysuckle climber on the repurposed plate rack doubling as a low cost trellis.
  • small house country garden playhouse set for summer, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, perennial, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
A newly planted clematis vine with a gorgeous purple bloom will add more color to the playhouse garden as the vine grows. Such stunning purple blooms!
  • small house country garden playhouse set for summer, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, perennial, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
The east side of the playhouse garden and décor. A painted wooden American flag and flowers grace the house and garden.
  • small house country garden playhouse set for summer, flowers, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, perennial, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
A closer view of the clematis blooms. So beautiful!

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Got a question about this project?

  • Terri S
    Terri S Oolitic, IN

    I have that very exact playhouse! I have been wanting to paint it differently. I like your colors. My grand kids love ours! Great job!

  • Deb SQ
    Deb SQ Sarasota, FL

    very cute! enjoy it!~

  • White Oak Studio Designs

    Thanks everyone. I appreciate your appreciation! I think this might have been a kit built by the family I bought it from. It can to me a boring tan but I fixed that right up! I like how the greens "fits" into the landscape but still is bright enough

  • Teri Herzog
    Teri Herzog Jacksonville, FL

    I love it will be on lookout for one.charming.

  • Sherry R
    Sherry R Lubbock, TX

    I love it, now I want one

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