Simple Outdoor Enhancements with Grand Results

Has the time come for you to redesign your backyard or patio space? There are endless possibilities that are available to you. But, when you are making your design choices, remember the old phrase, “less is more.” You definitely don’t want to go overboard in with your renovation. Don’t forget to allow your space to speak for itself by installing simple accents and enhancements that will lead to noticeable results. The perfect placement of planters and greenery, the installation of a sleek spillway, and the presence of a little landscape and water lighting can transform your space into the perfect backyard oasis.

Planters and Greenery

A great place to start when deciding what to do is considering the installation of a few planters and some of your favorite flowers or greenery to accent the scene. There are a wide range of colors, styles, and designs of planters available. There is something for every type of outdoor setting. This type of installation is the perfect accent; it fits so naturally with an outdoor setting that it is nearly unnoticeable, yet, without it, your space can feel dull and lifeless with no explanation.

Sleek Spillways

A more obvious accent that you can consider is a simple spillway in your patio space. Spillways produce a constant smooth sheet of water that gently flows into a basin below. They are a great way of adding an extra element of life and energy to your outdoor scene. With proper placement, your spillway will look as if it belongs in your patio space. It will contribute to a soothing atmosphere with its steady, soothing flowing sounds, but is calm enough to not be too overwhelming.

LED Light Accents

A great, and often overlooked, accent that you can utilize in your outdoor space is LED lighting. Light is such a simple thing that there are times when people don’t even give it a thought. But, with the right installation, some simple lighting choices can completely transform a scene. You can enhance your whole outdoor scene with illuminated walls, stairs, and pathways. You can even install  lighting in your spillway for an even more stunning effect. There are many colors of lights, and even color changing options to help you get your scene just right.

Your patio space can be the perfect outdoor oasis, and you don’t have to make huge changes to accomplish this. With the installation of a few planters and greenery, a sleek spillway, and a few LED lighting accents, you can easily transform your scene. Make the simple steps to complete your scene!

Planning a Rooftop or Balcony Container Garden

It is a great feeling to be able to grow your own food and plants. There’s something special about cultivating life with your hands. Many people are able to enjoy this privilege, but some people don’t have the outdoor space. There are still options for some of those people. If there is a balcony or flat rooftop available to you, you can still make a garden with a collection of plants and vegetables containers, instead of in the ground. Once you’ve chosen and approved the area, picked which plants you’ll grow, and arranged your planters accordingly, your container garden will be underway!

Location

If you are trying to build a container garden on a rooftop or balcony, the first, and most important, thing you must consider is the strength of your structure. Building a garden can become very heavy, very quickly. Once all of the soil and planters have been installed and watered, we’re looking at hundreds and hundreds of pounds. When you have a desired area, it is best to consult with a structural engineer to be sure your rooftop or balcony can handle the weight of your new garden. Also, when choosing which planters to use, opt for strong, but lightweight materials that will be able to handle the pressure of the soil, but will not add unnecessary weight.

Choosing Your Plants

One of the most enjoyable parts of planning a garden is choosing which plants you will grow. There are endless possibilities. There are guaranteed to be more varieties of vegetables and flowers than you ever thought you could have. When you are choosing which seeds and sprouts to collect, be sure to consider your climate and weather conditions. You may really want to grow strawberries, but if strawberries won’t do well in your environment, it’s best to try something else. Gardens are obviously very sensitive to the effects of nature. Timing and proper planning are key.

Choosing and Arranging Planters

As mentioned before, planter choice is fairly important. For a rooftop or a balcony, you don’t want to choose planters that will contribute an unnecessary amount of weight. You will also want to consider the needs of your plants. Some plants need certain depths to thrive, and some need a lot of space to spread out. There are a wide range of planters and containers, many that come in sets of multiple sizes and shapes. Be sure to choose planters that your structure can hold, and where you plants can grow freely.

A lack of yard space doesn’t have to mean a lack of garden space. If you have a garden or an accessible rooftop, you have options for growing plants at your home, too! All it takes is a little planning, and you can have a perfect garden in planters and containers. Approve your location, choose your plants, and pick out the right planters, and you’ll be growing your own food in no time!

 

Is Your Backyard Ready for Summer?

Summertime is a great time of year; some may even say it’s the best. The sun is warm and nourishing, while the days are filled with life and activity. During this time of year, people are often drawn outdoors with a natural desire to enjoy the beautiful weather. With picnics, parties, and cookouts, there’s an abundance of fun to be had. Is your home equipped to make the most of these summer days? You’ll want a space where you can fully enjoy this time. With an outdoor dining area, a collection of flowers and greenery, and a beautiful outdoor water feature, your backyard can be the perfect summer hangout.

Outdoor Tables and Seating

Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, grilling is almost necessary when summertime rolls around. With all of the amazing food you’ll be grilling with your friends and family, it’s important to have a place to enjoy your meal. There are lots of different outdoor tables, benches, and seats to choose from. Consider the size of your yard and the amount of people you would expect to host when making a choice on this selection. For instance, if you are into more intimate get togethers, you can get a small stone table with a few seats to match. Find what works for your space.

Plants and Greenery

A great way to enhance the look and feel of your space is by adding a bit of life and energy with a collection of flowers and greenery. The colors and designs will add beauty, while the aroma and energy of the plants improve the environment of your backyard. There are many shapes and sizes of planters, urns, and other containers for you to house your plants. The containers themselves provide a sense of class and elegance to your space, while giving you a place for your beautiful greenery. What seems like a small accent can be a huge improvement.

Outdoor Water Feature

Another huge improvement comes from a more obvious accent. A great way to enhance the style and atmosphere of your backyard is by installing an outdoor water feature. When it comes to outdoor water features, there are plenty of options. From classic or modern statuary fountains to ponds and waterfalls, there is sure to be something to fit perfectly in your space. A backyard water feature will bring a refreshing element to your summertime space. With options for LED lighting, it can serve its purpose throughout the summer days and nights.

Be sure that you take full advantage of those days and nights. Create an outdoor space that is just right for getting what you want out of your summer. You can have a space that your friends and family will absolutely love. With the appropriate seating, some living accents, and an outdoor water feature, you’ll have a summer oasis in no time!

 

Making the Most of Your Patio Space

When old man winter has blown his last frigid breath, there is no better feeling than emerging from hibernation to feel the warmth of the sun. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the warm breezes are calling us to experience it all. Do you have an ideal location in your home to relax and enjoy the beautiful days? Be sure to make the most of your patio space. It will become a location that you will cherish. With the right selection of patio furniture, an assortment of live plants, and a perfectly-placed water feature, you can be certain that your patio is perfect for you and your guests.

Patio Furniture

Finding the right furniture for your patio is a very important process. There are so many styles and options, it can be hard to find exactly what you need. Before going out to make a purchase, begin by predicting how you will be spending most of your outdoor time. Some furniture is better for hosting, some is better for dining, and some is best for relaxation. Next, consider your outdoor climate and which materials are best suited for your area. If rain is very common in your area, you may want to avoid outdoor furniture with cushions or other absorbent materials. Finally, find a set of furniture that fits in your allotted space, and create a scene that fits your setting.

Plants, Planters, and Urns

One major mistake that people encounter when designing their patio scene is allowing the space to remain plain and lifeless. Your outdoor space should reflect the beauty and energy that is found in nature. The installation of a few stone planters is a great way to achieve this effect. They are works of art themselves, and also allow you to display some of your favorite flowers and greenery. The presence of living plants will bring a fresh new energy to your patio space.

Outdoor Water Features

Another great way to maintain a refreshing energy is by installing the right water feature for your home. There are a wide range of options available to you. A classic tiered fountain is perfect for accentuating an elegant and refined style. A sleek spillway is more desirable for some people. It creates a contemporary look with a smooth sheet of water splashing gently into a basin below. Any of your water features can be enhanced with LED lighting to take your scene to the next level. Be sure to choose a piece that reflects the style and feel of you and your home.

You patio space should complement your home; it should be an extension of your interests and personality. Create the perfect scene that caters to exactly how you like to spend your time. With the appropriate patio furniture, the presence of a few lively plants, and the addition of a perfectly placed water feature, your patio space can become an ideal backyard oasis.