My latest project is developing a small shaded space in the backyard that is closer to the back door. I'm trying to create the feeling of walking out the back door and into a comfortable sitting area. Right now...when you walk out our back door there are sidewalks to the alley and garage. On the right is a wrought iron gated pool and on the left there's a huge expanse of grass. I made a little garden against the back wall and have some garden seating established there under a big pepper tree. But I don't like that you have to walk across the grass to get to a place to sit down. And who needs a big backyard full of grass to water and mow?
We've had a dead olive tree for quite a while and last year I started a climbing vine .. thinking of the tree as a natural arbor. Yesterday I had the dead-est areas of the top limbs removed and am left with four tallish, sawed off clumps. Not exactly what I had in mind. So....I'm considering the idea of using one or two of the limb stumps to stabilize a canopy of some sort. That would solve the shade part and incorporate the tree as a focal point. How about a bench encircling part of the tree base?
The first photo shows the view out the back door. The second is from the garden area looking toward the house.
Honestly, I'm not sure where to go next with this. Any thoughts?