Before & After: Cherry’s Black to White Patio

before and after garden by cherry menlove via

I have been trying to decide what color to paint our barn for at least a few years now (the poor barn is getting quite desperate for some paint!).  It is currently dark brown and I had considered going to an even darker (almost black) and then I moved on to a pale green (with white trim) and them more recently I am thinking white with black trim….and this garden makeover is giving me a bit of confidence about that decision. 

before and after garden by cherry menlove via

Some may say that it is bold to go to black — but I think it is equally brave to go white from black.  It is such a dramatic difference that it is hard to say how you will feel about it when it is all done.   I love black buildings but the white here just feels so fresh and relaxing and pleasant, its hard to imagine it any other way.

before and after garden by cherry menlove via

Cherry really made this a true outdoor room and sweet container garden.  I love all the pinks and the girly charm that  the white allows.

before and after garden by cherry menlove via

before and after garden by cherry menlove via

all images From Cherry Menlove.  (make sure to pop over there to see more pictures of this great makeover!)


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Gillian on September 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I think I prefer the black! But I’m liking alot of black things lately.

  2. Matt on September 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I like the black better too 🙁

  3. Kathy on November 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I like the black as well, I think it blended better with the surroundings, but all the new decor looks marvelous!!

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