Pergola: A Beautiful Addition To Your Garden – Pergolas are a type of gazebo that are very common in outdoor spaces. They can provide a little shade, and a lot of beauty. They can also be attached to houses to create a fluid outdoor area, or they can be detached and free standing. No matter what type of pergola you have, here are some ways to turn it into a beautiful addition to your garden.
Lights. Lighting your pergola with strings of lights is a guaranteed way to make it a breathtaking, romantic space. Most people use white strands of lights or twinkle-lights, but the options are as wide as your imagination! You can use lights with curtains or drapes to create a private atmosphere great for any occasion.
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas – Front yard landscaping is a fun expression of yourself and your home. If you are looking for a way to say, ‘welcome to my home’ then you may want to start thinking about redesigning your front yard. If you were coming to visit your house, would you want to knock on your front door? If you are not sure about that answer, then you may want to start thinking of ways to spruce up your front yard. To help you get started, here are some fresh front yard landscaping ideas:
1. Add some flowers to your front yard
Your home is a stranger’s first impression of you. To make your home look friendlier, add some flowers to your yard. Flowerbeds are great and simple ways to accent your front yard.
Backyard Perfect for Entertaining – Entertaining at your home can also make you feel in control of the many variables that can go awry at other venues. You won’t have to gamble with the service or food being bad, because you’ll be in charge of that, and you can customize the decoration and configuration of the space. When you decide to entertain at your house more, there are several improvements that you can make to your backyard that will be great values into the future.
Design a patio. The first thing to add to your backyard is a patio. Patios are typically concrete, level surfaces that are easy to clean and can have chairs and tables placed on top of them.
Decorating With Outdoor Clocks – The garden and patio have become an extensions of our inside living space. We spend a great deal of time decorating both the garden and the patio area where we entertain. As well as all those great furnishings, your yard décor should include an outdoor clock.
You can find all kinds of great outdoor clocks to compliment your garden décor. Thermometers, barometric pressure meters, even weather forecasting stations can all be part of your outdoor clock. They are also available in sizes that range from small to large. The great thing about outdoor clocks is their ruggedness and most don’t require electricity because they run on batteries.
The Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) originated in Eastern Asia and was imported to the United States in the nineteenth century, with the intention of using it for ground cover. Currently, it thrives all across the southern and eastern states. This honeysuckle has not adapted to the northern states because it cannot handle the harshness of northern winters. In fact, it cannot handle any cold well.
The Japanese Honeysuckle can be rather vicious to other plants, from little shrubs to plants as large as small trees. Its shade can be downright deadly for plants that grow where this honeysuckle chooses to live. If the plants it starves of sunlight do not die, they will still not grow to their full potential and may lose their reproductive ability.
Designing A Herb Garden (Part 2) – The secret of successful herb garden design lies in care, planning and study. Think carefully about the objectives and possibilities, and don’t be afraid to experiment to get the effect you want.
Scented herbs. Consider the scent of the plants as well as their other properties. Many herbs are beautifully scented and a container or two of scented herbs will parfume the air on a summer evening, something that is most welcome if the family is sitting outside. Scented herbs include heliotrope, sweet rocket, hyssop, bergamot with its scarlet flowers, sweet cicely, and the scented geranium with sweet violets that can be planted at the front of the container to flower in spring.