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The Best Position For Deck And Garden Gazebos – One of best ways to extend your outdoor living space is by adding a gazebo. These pretty garden structures were originally used in Victorian times to shade fashionably pale ladies from the sun. Now they’re being turned into everything from cozy eating areas to kid’s playhouses, and getaway spaces to meditate.
But why is it that some gazebos blend so naturally into the backyard like they’ve been there forever, while others look stiff, awkward and stick out like a sore thumb?
Outdoor Living Trends 2016 – With 2016 halfway done, some outdoor living trends are emerging that aim to increase the enjoyment of your pool and patio area with some of the hottest outdoor living trends this year, from xeriscaping to outdoor rooms.
1. Xeriscaping. With water conservation on the brain, the concept of xeriscaping is to include fewer grassy areas (that don’t need watering), strategic plant placement (using shade to cut down on the need for watering) and the use of native plants like alpine violet and black-eyed Susan rather than non-natives. You can also achieve xeriscaping through the use of grading and soil contouring to bring all available moisture to where you need it most, such as a rain garden.
Flowers On Steps – Make more of a feature of steps in your garden, and soften the edges of paving surfaces, by placing pots at the sides. Leave enough room to walk up the steps comfortably, although, if you are growing aromatic plants, it is an added bonus to brush against their foliage, releasing the fragrance as you walk past. Try to grow a pot of lemon verbena at the base of some sunny steps in your garden – its leaves exude the most delicious, lemon scent, which makes walking up the steps a sheer delight. Generally, we find that low, sprawling plants look most effective on steps: a pot planted with ivy-leaved pelargoniums, trailing lobelia, some portulacas, or nasturtiums works well.
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.