Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spruce up your garden just in time for summer!

A quick walk outside and you'll know that summer is getting closer by the day!  The sun is strong enough to warm your face and the breeze is no longer chilly. Cherry trees, forsythia, and daffodils are just a few plants I have seen bursting to life that make Charlotte so beautiful this time of year.  Spending so much time outdoors with the nicer weather inspired this month’s theme: garden and landscaping design!  Having a beautiful, relaxing outdoor space can be low-maintenance and delight you and your family everyday and really stun your guests.  Your front and back yards are truly an extension of your home, so give them the attention they deserve!  Here are a few tips we put together to begin envisioning your own garden design.

Keep It Low Maintenance

Tired of mowing the lawn?  Can’t commit to gardening on top of your busy lifestyle?  Creating a garden cuts down on the space you actually have to mow and using native plants that require less attention can give you that polished look without the hassle.
Simplify Your Color Scheme

Sometimes less truly is more.  Flowers in all hues of the rainbow can create a busy look, so consider creating a color palette and repeating it.  Also, just like in your home think about how colors look together.  A pastel palette of flowers next to scarlet poppies or bright yellow zinnias is overwhelming for the eye, so make your palette and stick to it. 

Don’t Make Lighting An Afterthought

Aside from properly illuminating your home’s pathways, decks, porches, and especially deterring intruders, lighting your garden with soft lighting can add to its visual beauty that brings an exciting flair after dark.  Your garden and yard are an extension of your home, so use lighting to accentuate architectural features like fencing, trees, fountains, or statuary for a sophisticated and thoughtful addition.  Imagine how much longer you would stay outside—and the alfresco entertaining!

Bring The Outdoors Inside 

Nothing livens up your home and brings a beautiful and effortless look than simply decorating your interior with plants.  Consider a windowsill or kitchen addition of geraniums.  Geraniums can add a splash of scent ranging from lemon, lime, rose, cinnamon, and even chocolate.  It will definitely kick up your family’s appetite and will create a natural scented environment.   


Have a great day,

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