I was reading recently that the #1 hot trend in home improvement this year was “more outdoor living.”
Now some of this was about how to make the outdoors more of a feature even when we are inside – like adding a sunroom or bigger windows so you can see your outdoor space more.
But much of this movement is about looking outward and making our patios and back yards feel like another room in our homes.
Décor is a big part of this trend, and I wanted to spend a little time talking about how you can bring your unique style into your outdoor spaces.
Since Warner’s is a nursery, let’s start with some living things that will brighten up your outdoor space.
First off, plant containers. We have the best selection of outdoor pottery in the region and we are huge fans of container gardening. Whether it’s a hanging basket spilling over with flowers or gorgeously glazed pots on the ground, this is a portable garden that you can place almost anywhere. Plus it doesn’t require that you have a huge backyard – a tiny patio can be transformed into a lush, colorful oasis with a few potted plants.
But annual and perennial flowers aren’t your only source of living décor. Vines are also beautiful additions to your outdoor space. We particularly like having them woven through a pergola for additional shade outside on the patio. Warner’s will be getting in its stock of vines in late May.
Of course, one of the things about our homes is that they give us a little privacy and you don’t have to sacrifice that in your outdoor space. Hedges are great for creating that feeling of seclusion and peace. There’s a lot of great ones to choose from, including forsythia, privet, juniper, serviceberry and Sumac varieties.
Now to think about some non-living decorations for your outdoor space. You’ll need to think about your style here and what kind of look you are going for. Rustic or contemporary? Formal or casual? Bright colors or muted shades?
Fortunately, you don’t need to buy a whole new patio set to update your look. It can be as simple as changing out the cushions on your lawnchairs or adding a little something that brightens your space up.
Here’s some ideas:
- Birdbaths – there’s a huge variety available, from ornate to simple, and they are always an elegant addition to your yard. Plus, the birds will really appreciate it!
- Fountains – Nothing like the sound of running water to make your space feel more peaceful and serene.
- Windchimes – Another example of a piece of décor that can be a delight to both your eyes and your ears.
- Decorative yard stakes. We have a great selection of these at Warner’s and they can be beautiful or surreal or funny – or all of the above.
Whatever your taste, we hope that you have fun decorating your outdoor space this season – and take time to enjoy it once you get it all decked out.