Summer is short, and we all want to make the most of it by maximizing the time we spend outside – ideally in a beautiful outdoor space we’ve carefully cultivated to give us just the right mix of zest and Zen.
From the plants in your garden to backyard décor, here are a few pro tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your garden without breaking the bank.
- Pick perennials.
Perennials are those plants and flowers that come back year after year all on their own. That means you only have to plant – and buy – once. Perennials can be just as bright and beautiful as their annual counterparts, and include stunners like roses, peonies, irises and poppies.
They do still require some care, however, so pick plants that will thrive in your climate, and make sure they get an appropriate balance of sun and shade. Deadheading is also a must for flowering perennials to ensure that you get more flowers, later into the season. This simply means lopping off dead blossoms so the plant can redirect its energy into producing new blooms.
- Go native.
Native species are all the rage, and for good reason. Indigenous plants are naturally suited to local weather and soil conditions, and so tend to be hardier and live longer than more exotic plants. Not to mention that native plants are perfectly adapted homes for all sorts of wildlife, so depending on what you plant, you might just end up with an abundance of birds and butterflies right in your backyard.
- Hit the flea market.
A few well-chosen vintage pieces can be just the thing to add warmth and character to an outdoor space. With a little imagination, all sorts of items can be transformed into planters, and at flea market prices, why not pick some up? An old wooden wheelbarrow, teapot or milkcrate looks positively charming with colourful blooms or vines spilling out, and an antique ladder or old pallet hung from the wall is a great way to add dimension to a garden by planting on different levels. Add string lighting and presto… Instant atmosphere.
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