Gardening enthusiasts often toil for hours on end to achieve their masterpiece landscape. Whether they hire out for some professional help or handle all of the work themselves, the end desire is a place that can be a sanctuary and welcome retreat.
Though it's hard to improve upon the beauty of Mother Nature, a few finishing touches to the yard can increase the enjoyment factor so much more. Well placed decor items and furniture are a growing trend in outdoor living.
The great outdoors seems to be enhanced by the delicate sound of water. Water features can include bird baths, whimsical water fountains, or elaborate waterfalls cascading into a pond. A fountain can be as simple as two water buckets and a pump that transfers water between them. Just remember if you are using a feature that has standing water, such as a birdbath, routinely change the water to prevent a breeding ground for mosquito and other larvae.
Gone are the days of the generic patio set and uncomfortable wire chairs. Today's homeowners want their yards to reflect their personal style and be an extension of inside living spaces. It's common to find outdoor "rooms," complete with comfortable and attractive outdoor furniture. From chaise lounges to sofas to love seats, these pieces are crafted from wood, metal or rattan and outfitted with weather-resistant fabric on the cushions. Coffee tables and decorative accents complete the picture.
Great gardeners know that a mix of plants and styles can bring variety to a landscape. Plants grown in beds interspersed with movable container plants allow a person to change the look of the yard on a whim. Ornate and decorous planters are part of creating drama in the yard. Skip the plastic, generic planters and look for stone, terra-cotta, ceramic, or even faux materials that look like the real thing. Here's an interesting idea: Create a bench with planters and a piece of wood. Cut circles in the wood that are slightly smaller than the circumference of the planters. Place the planters on either end directly below the holes and allow the shrubbery or other plants to grow through. Leave the center for a seating area.