While you’ve been enjoying the summer, did you ever find yourself thinking, “I wish my yard had this,” or “why haven’t I taken care of that project yet?” If you did, don’t just let it go – start planning now to make your yard perfect for next summer. Even if you don’t have a specific project in mind, but know you want to make some changes, you can start brainstorming and figuring out what plants or hardscaping features can make your yard the best space for you.
What Do You Use Your Yard For?
When planning out décor and landscape features, you need to keep in mind what you’re planning on using your yard for. Do you have kids and their friends passing a ball around during the day? Is it a relaxing oasis for you and your spouse to sit and watch the sunset? Do you want large gardens to tend and pick bouquets from? Or, some combination of all the above?
If you have kids and pets running around, a large green space is probably best, though you can always incorporate a patio, fire pit or other features for the adults to hang out. If you’re looking for a relaxing oasis, decorative rock walls and tall shrubbery or trees for privacy are all great features to consider. Gardens of any size can be incorporated on the edges of green space and patios, or you can turn much of your yard into a beautiful display of blooms if you’d like.
Trends to Watch
If you’re looking for trends to inspire your yard décor, pollinator gardens and outdoor escapes are two to consider.
Encouraging habitats where pollinators can thrive is easy to do in your landscape, even if you enjoy having a neat, grassy lawn. Try adding flower gardens along the edges of your yard or even placing a few in dedicated areas throughout your lawn, bordering them with stones, brick, or even low-growing flowers. Perennials are a good option for these gardens, as they’ll return year after year and many are easy to maintain.
In recent years, many people have made changes to their yards to create areas that serve as a pleasant at-home escape. This trend is continuing, and is a great way to use your yard that the whole family can enjoy. You can get as complex as a patio with a built-in firepit or as simple as a trellis that leads the way into a private garden with a hammock.