Our Backyard for Summer

Happy almost-weekend, friends!! I’m already counting down the minutes until I can retreat to the backyard with a cold drink and good book! Texas Summers are no joke, and thankfully we have a backyard pool to help beat the heat. If we’re home, chances are you’ll find us floating in the pool…or more accurately, playing a rowdy game of Marco Polo or Sharks and Minnows!

I just realized I’ve shared very little of our backyard on the blog, even though our Horizontal Privacy Fence is one of my most-visited posts, so today is all about our hard-working backyard…the most-used space in our house during the Summer months!

watermelon snacks and drinks to serve by your pool during summer

We have direct sun all day long, so umbrellas are key! As are heat-tolerant plants like lantana and periwinkles. I also keep the garage fridge stocked with cold drinks and popsicles so everyone stays cool and hydrated, without having to trek through the house!

pool patio furniture behind backyard privacy fence during summer
Similar Dining Set | Similar Palm Print Pillows | Similar Market Umbrella

rattan tray and platter with watermelon to serve by the pool

I recently upgraded our house numbers, and was thrilled to find these from Design Within Reach on eBay! Can you believe only $10 each, with a ton of finishes available?! That’s more than half off! It’s crazy how such a simple thing like house numbers can add so much chicness, but they really do! (Find the full Design Within Reach Outlet store here.)

(Sidenote: That’s not our real house address, we rearranged them for the photos! I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there are crazies on the internets! 😉

horizontal slats backyard privacy fence with address numbers leading to backyard pool
Metal House Numbers | My Outfit

impatiens in concrete planters by texas pool in summer

serving watermelon wedges by the pool in summer

We’re missing the teen, who’s away at Summer Camp…he and his friends are usually found in the pool, too!

family dipping legs in pool shaded by horizontal wooden backyard privacy fence

family eating watermelon on backyard patio behind wooden horizontal tall privacy fence
Similar Dining Set | Similar Palm Print Pillows | Similar Market Umbrella | My Outfit

cocktail on outdoor garden stool as patio side table

kid jumping in pool behind backyard privacy fence during summer

Maggie is not a fan of the water, so we were shocked to see Mollie hop right in! She legit floats around the pool on a raft the whole time we’re outside!

black and white dog floating on pool float behind backyard privacy fence
Foam Pool Float

family eating watermelon on backyard patio furniture by pool

mom serving drinks by pool behind privacy fence in backyard

mom serving water with lemons during summer in backyard

hanging address house numbers on horizontal wooden backyard privacy fence

family playing cornhole in backyard behind horizontal privacy fence during summer

family playing cornhole in backyard during summer
Portable Cornhole Game

kid kissing dog floating on a pool float in backyard pool behind privacy fence

family opening horizontal privacy fence door to backyard pool patio

We have big plans to build more shady spots and update the stone and patio…but those are projects for another day! What backyard updates did you make for Summer? Adding flowers and new pillows was just the refresh our space needed.

Read more about our horizontal fence here, see our outdoor entertaining here, and all our Outdoor posts are found here.

And happy happy birthday to my darling Mama Sugarplum!! We love and cherish you so much, and I’m grateful for your love and friendship every single day!!

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*Photos by the talented Audrie Dollins. This post is created in collaboration with eBay, but all styles, ideas and backyard frolicking are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*



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