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Joanna Gaines’ Stylish Garden Will Make You Green With Envy

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Have you heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper?

That's a trick question, because of course their home reno show on HGTV was a runaway hit, and these days the Gaines' Magnolia brand includes everything from clothing and furniture lines to restaurants.

But what you might not know about this couple is they're just as savvy outside a home as inside one.

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Chip and Joanna at their Texas farmhouse.House & Home

In fact, Joanna's incredible backyard garden may be her most beautiful project of all.

Fixer Upper Meets Green Thumb

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Yes, there's a picture-perfect white picket fence around the garden. But it's not just for looks.

The Gaines live in a farmhouse on a 40-acre plot outside Waco, Texas.

Along with the couple and their five children, the property is also home to 60 animals, including goats who love to chomp on fresh produce.

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"So I’m the crazy animal guy and you’re the crazy plant lady," Chip once joked on air.

Inside the fence, you'll find a garden carefully designed by Joanna. One that's both functional and easy to look at.

Plant Trellis

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This simple but striking feature at the front of the garden is one of Joanna's favorite touches.

The creeping vines make the structure blend in with the farmhouse itself, which is more than 120 years old.

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Joanna dreams that someday her daughters, Ella and Emmie, will tie the knot under these arches in a backyard wedding.

Oh, and in case you aren't impressed already, solar lights at the base of each pillar make the cobblestone path light up at night.

Plant Beds

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Joanna's main garden area has an unconventional layout: raised wooden planters over a gravel bed.

The "crazy plant lady" has her reasons. Raised beds keep most weeds from spoiling your plots, they're easy to drain, and they make it harder for pests to eat your produce.

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Joanna grows everything from rosemary and sage, to watermelons and beans, depending on the season.

Most of her backyard produce is used at the Gaines' nearby restaurant, Magnolia Table.

Chicken Coop

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Despite warnings about salmonella outbreaks, backyard chickens have become a bona fide gardening trend.

Joanna has definitely fallen in love with her birds, as you can tell from their deluxe coop.

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Ella and Emmie tend to their birds.Magnolia

The A-frame roost includes a run for the birds to get fresh air, which Joanna calls the "chunnel," or chicken tunnel.

Tending the flock is Ella and Emmie's special project, which is a great way for this crafty mom to bond with her daughters.

She Shed

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Speaking of backyard trends, Joanna's latest addition to her garden is a "she shed," her home away from home in the garden.

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The shed doors were salvaged from another project.Magnolia

This is where Joanna stores her gardening books, supplies, and tools, but it's not purely functional.

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With a table for eight and a brick fireplace, the shed is also useful for entertaining. But it's still built for down-and-dirty garden work.

"Everything needed to be solid," Gaines wrote about the shed on her blog. "Only using the kind of materials that could handle dirt, pots and sharp tools on a regular basis."

Notice that the deep-basin farmhouse sink is made of easy-to-clean concrete.

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Joanna's favorite detail is the large lattice window, which she salvaged from a European farmhouse.

"Really the whole project was built around this window," she said.

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Shady outdoor seating completes this cozy section of the garden.Magnolia

While the shed was built just last year, it's made with salvaged materials and blends in seamlessly with the property's other, older buildings.

Greenhouse

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Finally, when the weather turns cold Joanna moves her plants inside, to the warmth of her backyard greenhouse.

In true Fixer Upper style, the building is a salvaged 100-year-old English antique.

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Of course the greenhouse doesn't show its age, but blends in nicely with other features in the garden.

It proves what a few panes of glass and some white paint can do!

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