7 Garden Ideas to Get You Ready for Summer

There’s nothing dreamier about spring than imagining sitting out on the patio with friends. Here are 7 ways to get your outdoor living spaces ready for sprig and summer.

1. Take inventory of your garden furniture.

Before you hit the stores take stock of what you already have, what needs repairing and what needs replacing? Preseason sales can be a good time to make any purchases. (Prices are higher when it’s beautiful outside.) Since outdoor living space is an extension of your home when the sun is out, choose pieces that continue the flow of your design style inside.

2. Plant your perennials.

2. Plant your perennials.
You can get rid of early weeds anytime the ground is thawed, but shop for perennials and plant accordingly. Add in a few plants that attract bees — it might seem scary, but these natural pollinators will make sure your flowers bloom. If you don't have a yard or huge garden, build a container garden. It’ll give you the same hit of nature that we all crave after a long winter on a smaller patio, balcony, or porch.

3. Build a fire pit.
Creating a personal fire pit for your backyard is perfect for entertaining late into the night on the patio when temperatures drop. It also gives the yard an instant focal point and a place to gather around. Add a wooden cover so you can turn the fire pit into a coffee table for drinks and hors d’oeuvres until the sun goes down. 

4. Create more shade.
Don’t feel limited to a simple patio umbrella. There are so many more stylish shade options: buying (or building) a pergola for a sitting or dining area, raising a Sun Sail for a more modern look, or hanging a large umbrella from your tree’s canopy.

5. Let there be light.
Hanging lights or wrapping trees with string lights creates an enchanted forest effect. Solar powered or LED lights on stakes can illuminate a walkway and delineate the edge of a patio, and similar styles have adjustable spotlights to shine up onto your home, fence, or foliage.

6. Hang outdoor curtains.
Create the feeling of another room simply by adding curtains to fully or partially enclose any outdoor space and make it feel more intimate. Outdoor fabric will have more durability, but if you can be diligent enough to take it down between uses, a floaty transparent fabric can create a beautiful, ethereal effect.

7. Create some zen.
Add a water feature and wind-chimes for soothing sounds and create privacy from neighbors by strategically planting trees or hanging baskets. Add a garden sculpture and plant bushes to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Nature has been proven time and again to have restorative effects on the mind and body, so, with the sunny weather on it’s way, why not create a space in your garden where you can relax, do a little yoga, read, and generally just “unplug” for a little while.

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