Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. Some flowers and a few lawn chairs are enough to make a passable environment for an outdoor get-together, but something magical happens when you really let your personality shine through in your garden design. Read on to discover 5 ways to make your garden gorgeously unique, but be forewarned–your guests might not want to leave!
1. Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Butterflies and hummingbirds are some of nature’s most beautiful performers, so why not attract them to your garden to put on a show? These 8 blooms are beautiful in their own right, and they will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden to entertain you and your guests, and help you teach your children about nature. Here are 4 more ways to attract butterflies to your garden, including some fun craft projects that the kids can help with.
2. Add Musical Beauty with a Water Feature
Water features add a beautiful sparkle and movement to your garden, as well as a soothing musical sound that creates the perfect background for conversations or relaxation. Water features can be anything from a very small fountain to a sizeable pond and everything in between, so there is a water feature to suit every family. This article gives you the ins and outs of planning and selecting a water feature, and this article will help you spruce up your water feature with a beautiful water garden.
3. Invite Guests in with an Attractive Garden Path
Installing a pathway is a wonderful way to take your garden to the next level. A garden path provides your guests with a comfortable and functional walkway, and also allows you to “direct traffic” so that people walk past your garden’s best features and are able to enjoy the view. On top of all that, a well-selected and constructed garden path is a thing of beauty in its own right, and it will silently beckon to your guests to come on in and enjoy your hospitality. This article compares different materials for building your garden path, so you can decide which one is right for you.
4. Make things Cozy
Once your guests have arrived, comfortable seating and a relaxing ambience are the perfect combination to make everyone feel at home. This article includes frugal ideas for making your garden cozy, such as making a DIY shade canopy, a romantic candle wall, and one-of-a-kind garden furniture. This article offers 5 tips for keeping pesky mosquitoes and gnats away the natural way, and this article has scrumptious recipes for your next cookout. Of course, your garden will be so comfy, you might want it all to yourself!
5. Design a Captivating Flower Garden
Plants are the backbone of your garden, of course, and flowers are its showcase. Beautiful blooms add color, texture and character to your garden, but they can do a lot more than that: a well-planned flower garden can also be an excellent conversation piece. This article shows you how to create themed gardens such as a moon garden that will pamper your senses after dusk, and an edible garden that will spice up your table as it pretties up your outdoor space. It also has video instructions for building a “flower tower” that will wow your guests. And blooms don’t just look pretty; this article includes 5 flowers that are wonderfully fragrant, so you can pamper your nose as well as your sight, and this article shines the spotlight on lovable lavender, a flower with more uses than just about any other. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite thing about your garden?