The days are becoming longer, warmer, and brighter. In turn, your desire to spend time outdoors and enjoy the fresh air is probably becoming stronger, heavier, and more powerful. Whether you like to spend time in your yard relaxing or entertaining, that time always feels better when you’re surrounded by luscious green grass and vibrant plants.
Creating and maintaining an inviting oasis in your backyard can sound intimidating sometimes, but with a little planning and a watering can within reach, the outcome is well worth it.
Regardless of the kind of outdoor space your home possesses, you can always enjoy gardens and nature in some way. Don’t feel limited if you only have a small space to dedicate to gardens, and don’t feel intimidated if you have an acre of land!
Patios and Decks
Patios and decks give you a lot of opportunity to experiment with different plants and garden accessories.
If your patio or deck has a trellis, purchase some hanging plants to add color to the structure. With the hanging plants hovering over your deck, you will find shade and privacy. Baker’s racks or shelves are the perfect home for different potted plants. Purchase fun pots from your local garden store or spray paint plain terra cotta pots any color of your choice.
Because patios and decks are larger in nature, it’s important to have different sizes and types of plants scattered throughout the area to add depth. Planting mixtures of flowers in large pots will help the space feel anchored and complete.
If you only have a small space to work with, you should try to stick to small plants. If your building allows, consider planting vines or climbing plants to invade your balcony railing. These plants will create a blanket of green around your balcony, making it an inviting, summery space. You can also look into vines with flowers that complement the exterior of your building.
Window boxes provide colorful flowers at eye level. However, if window boxes aren’t an option for you, consider putting small potted plants on tables of varying heights in the corner of your balcony. Offsetting the height of the flowers will give your balcony some curb appeal.
Even if you don’t have a lawn to mow or an outdoor space all to yourself, you can still enjoy mother nature inside your home.
Succulent gardens have become very trendy among the iGeneration and because they allow you to bring a little green indoors. Since succulents have thick leaves, these plants can store loads of water, making the plants easy to maintain. You can purchase succulents that are tiny in size and scattered them on a window sill or side table.
If you are looking for an indoor garden to put on display, consider making a terrarium. Terrariums are miniature gardens that live in controlled spaces. To make one, fill a large glass jar with pebbles, sand and dirt. Then, plant some succulents or terrarium plants in the jar, add some cool rocks, shells, or sticks, and close the jar. The humidity inside the jar is controlled so you usually never have to water anything. Instead, you can just admire your mini garden!
No matter where you live, you can surround yourself with nature this summer. After you plant your first flower and pick out your first succulent, you will see your green thumb come to life!
Not sure what to plant in your yard? Ask A Pup and we will help you cultivate a perfect outdoor escape!
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