As the snow starts to melt and the flowers begin to bloom, we start realizing that a new season is upon us. After months of winter, it’s always a revitalizing feeling to usher in the carefree days of Spring. To help you get your home ready for Spring, here are 9 simple ways to refresh your outdoor spaces.
How To Refresh Your Outdoor Spaces for Spring
Whether you live in a house with a flourishing garden or your dwelling is an apartment with just a small outdoor patio, updating and beautifying your outdoor spaces not only brings life to the exterior of your home, it also helps you get excited for Spring. Even if you’re on a limited budget or don’t have a garden to call your own, you can easily and affordably update and improve your outdoor spaces this Spring.
Tip # 1: Add A Spring Wreath To Your Door
From DIY Spring Wreath projects (like this tutorial on Inspirations & Celebrations) to pre-made floral wreaths from popular home decor brands (such as Pottery Barn and Wayfair), an easy way to instantly update the look of your home is to add a Spring Wreath to the front door. You can choose simple, neutral hues or go for bright, vibrant colors, depending on your personal preference. Plus, you can change out the wreath or add ornamental accents every month to celebrate different holidays (like St. Patrick’s Day or Easter). If you don’t want to put a hole in your door (or live in a rented apartment), opt for an over-the-door wreath hanger instead.
Tip # 2: Change Out Your Patio Furniture
While it’s more of an investment, changing out your patio furniture (either every year or two) can not only revamp the overall appearance of your outdoor space, it will also encourage you to get outdoors and relax in style. From all-weather wicker styles (that have a traditional look) to contemporary teak pieces, with so many affordable patio furniture brands on the market, buying new patio furniture doesn’t have to break the bank.
Tip # 3: Make A Focal Point In Your Garden
To create an eye-catching, photo-worthy garden, a unique sculpture or piece of outdoor artwork makes a dramatic statement. Adding a focal point in your garden is a great way to make your garden stand-out, while adding a dose of whimsy and wonder to your outdoor spaces.
Tip # 4: For Small Outdoor Spaces, Opt For Potted Plants
Even if you don’t have a garden (or you live in a condo or apartment), you can still embellish the outdoor space in your dwelling. For small outdoor spaces, opt for potted plants in outdoor containers or tall urns. Not only are these easy to maintain (since they require minimal watering and pruning), they’re also a great way to conserve on space, while adding color and greenery to the entrance of your home.
Tip # 5: For Year-Round Greenery, Plant Perennials
If you enjoy gardening and have a larger outdoor space to tend to, a great investment in year-round greenery are perennial plants and flowers. The upside of investing in perennials is that, generally, once you’ve planted them, all you have to do is continue to care for them over the years as they grow. “Perennials, especially small flowering plants, that grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their rootstock, are known as herbaceous perennials.” [Source: Wikipedia]
Tip # 6: Plant Succulents For A Low-Maintenance, Drought-Tolerant Garden
If you live in California, the desert, or any area that has experienced a drought problem, you’ve probably learned how costly maintaining a lush garden can be. That’s why low-maintenance, drought-tolerant Succulents are a great option. Not only do they thrive in arid climates, they require very little water to grow and flourish. Plus, they provide greenery and color throughout the year. Not to mention – they’re ideal for people who don’t have a ‘green thumb’.
Tip # 7: For Instant Color & Vibrancy, Plant Annuals
If you’re only intending to add flowers to a small outdoor space (like a front porch or walkway), opt for annuals. These types of flowers bloom for one season, but add instant color and vibrancy to your space. Plus, they come in a wide variety of types (from shade-tolerant Primrose to sun-loving Mums).
Tip # 8: For A Casual Garden, Opt For Wildflowers
If you enjoy the look of a casual, unstructured garden that feels natural and rustic, plant wildflower seeds right before their optimal blooming season. This is a great option for large outdoor spaces, such as hillsides and large yards. Plus, they are low-maintenance, very low-cost, and easy to grow, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time caring for them.
Tip # 9: Add Bursts of Color With Window Box Planters
To add charm and beauty to your windowsills, planting brightly-colored flowers in window box planters refreshes and updates the look of your home. You can even add window box planters to patio railings, if you want to enclose your outdoor space with flowers.
As you can see, there are a number of simple ways to refresh your outdoor spaces for Spring. For more inspiring ideas and tips, check out the Gardening section on Inspirations & Celebrations.
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