Is Your Backyard Summer Ready?

In the warm months of summer, backyards become our outdoor living rooms. We hang out on the patio, barbeque, and enjoy time with friends and family. Although outdoor décor is often thought of as a table and chairs and maybe a lounge chair or two, there are tons of stylish elements you can add to create a spectacular space where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy a meal.

Take your backyard from boring to beautiful with these décor ideas.

Add Sound
Create a quiet place where you can enjoy the sounds of nature instead of your neighbors and passing cars. The calming sound of water from a fountain or the musical sounds from windchimes instantly brings a Zen feeling into your outdoor space. If you are fond of birds, consider adding a bird feeder or birdbath so you can enjoy the sight and sounds of local songbirds as well.

Lighten Up
Enjoy your outdoor space deep into the night by adding lighting throughout your backyard. Solar lights are readily available and are a quick, no-hassle way to bring light to areas where you may not have access to electricity. Light sets can be strung through pergolas, along a fence or in the trees to create a sparkling backdrop. Well placed lanterns and candles near your pool, seating area, patio or dining table create a warm ambiance and make your garden feel like an extension of your house at night.

Create Comfort
Think about how you will use the space and make it comfy! For dining areas choose comfortable chairs where you can enjoy long dinners with family and friends. Cushioned seating and lounge sets provide additional comfort for a relaxing afternoon by the pool.

Tame the hot summer sun with large umbrellas and add an outdoor-friendly rug to create a more luxurious appearance. A fire pit will keep the party going into the cooler months of fall and spring. Sit back and enjoy the warmth of the fire in comfortable Adirondack chairs. Finish off your design with decorative pillows and wall decor in outdoor-friendly materials to warm up the space.

Plant Your Favorites
Choose stylish pottery in colors that match your décor and fill them with vibrant plants. For example, a palm plant and purple petunias create a tropical feel, while boxwood and red geraniums create a more classic look. The color combinations you choose should reflect your home and personal style. Make sure your outdoor planters have drainage holes and choose plants that best fit your sunlight conditions.

As summer gets underway, now is the time to create a backyard space that complements how you live and entertain. Bring the party outdoors with enjoyable sounds, proper lighting, creature comforts and colorful plants to make you feel like you’re on vacation in your own backyard.

—Karen Musgrave is the marketing and e-commerce associate at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury). Visit www.hicksnurseries.com for more information.

Karen Musgrave
Karen Musgrave, CNLP, is a marketing and education specialist at Hicks Nurseries and contributing writer to Long Island Weekly.

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