Living in apartments my entire adult life, I have spent a lot of time looking down into backyards or courtyards imagining what my garden would look like if I had the opportunity to redesign the space. Right now, I live in an old eccentric french inspired Victorian. The backyard is fairly big compared to other yards I have had. It is fenced in on two sides and surrounded by other buildings. There is a tiny brick patio and miss matched bushes and empty pots just scattered around. I would like to incorporate some of the whimsy and Victorian character of the building but also want to reuse materials. Chinese objects were very popular during the Victorian era. I prefer other styles but I really enjoy the idea of using Chinese herb markers like in the photo above. When I look down at my current space, these are some of the other elements I imagine.