You don't have to venture far to enjoy the great outdoors this summer. Your own backyard can be an escape from everyday stresses. A few helpful suggestions can get the ideas flowing.
Have a vision
How will your outdoor space be used? Some possibilities include outdoor entertaining, a garden, kids' play area, a serene spot for relaxing, or all of the above. Much like our homes are divided into rooms, your backyard can be separated into different areas according to their purposes.
From the inside out
Your outdoor space might seem like a blank slate, but resale value is often maximized when your outdoor space flows harmoniously with the rest of your home’s design. For example, if your home’s interior has a Mediterranean flair, a Southwest landscape design wouldn’t be the best choice.
Pretty as a picture
Adding color and texture is a great way to create a postcard-worthy outdoor space. Flowers and other vegetation come in an endless array of hues. And accessories like brightly colored pillows, candles, lanterns and clay pots give your outdoor space a great deal of personality. Try mixing textures and materials to add character.
Bringing in a pro
If you get stuck, hiring a professional can save the day. Many nurseries offer free consultations. Or for a relatively small fee, you can hire a landscape designer to draw up a plan, and then execute it at your own pace. Your back yard retreat awaits - just add warm sunshine, cool breezes and imagination!
Make the most of your summer and enjoy your outdoor space by stepping through your back door......