I love spending time in my beautiful backyard. When the weather gets warm, I want to spend every day in the garden, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. You can make those bright summer hours even better by turning your garden into a wonderland of color and decoration. Whether you’re there for the colorful flowers or the homegrown vegetables, adding some personality to your growing space is easy and fun. Check out these creative ways to spruce up your garden this summer.
If you want to add more to your garden but find yourself struggling with a small space, hanging plants are the perfect solutions. Hanging pots or baskets are excellent ways to add a splash of color to your back porch or patio. This also helps you think about the vertical space in your yard, which you otherwise might not really notice. Make the most of every inch of your garden by purchasing decorative hanging baskets. If you want, you can even make your own out of pots and ropes. Make sure you fill it with plants that will thrive in the air. I never get tired of walking outside to find beautiful vines or flowers dangling over the edges of their pots, and neither will you.
Get Creative with Storage
Your garden is more than the plants you grow. One of my favorite features that’s both cute and incredibly useful is an outdoor storage solution. An old set of shelves or a small, decorative work bench makes great outdoor storage. You can use shelves to further maximize your plant space or to store extra pots and other supplies. A bench or shelving set also makes a great workspace for repotting. Make these pieces match the rest of your garden by staining or painting the wood. You should also try to weatherproof them so that they can stand as gorgeous parts of your garden season after season.
You’re not the only one who enjoys your garden. If you’re lucky, your local pollinators will also stop in for a visit. Butterflies, honeybees, and other creatures are responsible for pollinating your favorite plants and helping them grow. I like to encourage these helpful guests by keeping a bee garden sanctuary. A safe water source, pollen- and nectar-rich plants, and a lack of harmful pesticides keep these little guys coming back for more. They get a safe place to hang out and forage, and you get free pollination services—it’s a win-win situation!
Create a Living Space
What good is a fabulous garden if you don’t have the room to just sit back and enjoy it? One of my favorite ways to spruce up your garden this summer is to create a comfy living space. Add some stylish seating, such as bench swings or elegant wooden deck chairs. Don’t forget to light up the place with a cozy string of lights, decorative lanterns, or fun torches. An outdoor living space provides the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee outside, curl up in the afternoon with a book, or host the best patio parties of the season.