Make your backyard into a summer escape!
Summer is almost here. The sun is actually shining, the weather is teasing us with 90 degree days, and school is almost out! We don’t know about you, but we want to be spending lots of time in our backyards this summer (hey, staycations are a thing!), and what’s the best way to do that? Make our yards worthy of a five star resort! We’re here to help with a few tips and tricks for landscaping and decorating your backyard into your own vacation paradise!
Tip number one: proper care. It’s very important to take care of your foliage. After all, if you show your plants some love, they’ll reward you with glossy leaves, beautiful colors, and healthy growth. To start off, fertilizer is important, but it’s equally important to not over fertilize, which can burn roots and damage or even kill your plants. (It can also be poisonous, so be careful not to fertilize around anyone who might mistake it for food.) With water, like fertilizer, it’s important not to overdo it. It’s all about timing, too. Water plants when the sun is down, and give it enough time for the water to evaporate before the sun beams down on the plants. This will keep leaves from burning and leaving brown, dried spots.
Another important thing to allow for when choosing plants is some of them are poisonous. A lot of very pretty plants (like lilies, snake plant, etc.) can be harmful towards animals or children, so take care before planting. So keep this in mind if there are any animals or children about.
Tip number two: don’t forget the green. No, we’re not talking cash. The word of the minute is greenery! Not only is it a fantastic way to add depth and texture, but it’s also a great opportunity to get a little shade. Tropical plants are having a moment right now, and a lot live quite well within our Northwestern habitat. Believe it or not, palms actually winter over well in Washington. Although things like cacti will struggle in the winter, some succulents like hens and chicks do well. If you’re worried, you can always plant them in pots (a great way to mix some color into your landscaping) and winter them over indoors.
Tip number three: the hue advantage. Color is an awesome tool in gardening. Whether it’s multicolored foliage, poppy flowers, or an unexpected stem, it’s all around us. While flowers are the most obvious way to add in color, don’t be afraid to be a little unexpected with it. Coral Bells, Canna, and Coleus are good examples of varied hues in foliage. Also, annuals are a great source of color that you don’t need to commit to, since they only stick around for a year.
Tip number four: That “it” factor. Look for sleek, clean lines when choosing outdoor furniture. Geometric shapes mixed with unexpected colors, textures, and patterns are a great way to throw in a dash of you to your outdoor space. Always remember that the rules to interior decorating apply outside too, and more than anything, it’s imperative to keep in mind that’s it’s still the same style you love, only outside. That sofa that you love because of its industrial chic factor? Look for something similar on your patio. And, above all, have fun with it.