Polly Vaughan Backyard June 19th, 2018 - 23:19:17
Fountains and Waterfalls- Fountains and waterfalls are another way to add a creative touch to your backyard. There are many which can be purchased and set up easily without requiring any actually holes in your lawn. There are even small versions that can be placed on tops of tables or stands in the backyard and those designed to work in flower beds.
A backyard sundial not only makes a unique conversation piece, it's also functional. When installed correctly, sundials keep quite accurate time. While horizontal sundials are the most common, there are also vertical sundials that can be hung on a wall. A more unusual design is the reflected ceiling dial. This horizontal sundial uses sun reflected from a mirror to drawn the hour lines on the ceiling. For many home landscapers, though, time telling comes second to aesthetic value. In addition to hour lines, the sundial plates are typically enhanced with a design such as an animal or leaves, and many carry inscriptions. Usually the dial's gnomon, or hour hand, is also incorporated into the design on the dial plate.
First, consider the outdoor needs of you and your family. If you have children, designate a play area in an open area of your backyard. Use colorful containers or a large plastic bin to store outdoor toys and design a relaxing sitting and conversation area within eyesight for easy supervision. Your sitting area may be as simple as a few lounge chairs or a full outdoor living area with weather resistant wicker furniture and colorful throw pillows to brighten the room.
Rain chains, called "kusari doi" in their native Japan, make beautiful and practical backyard decor. Although rain chains have been used for centuries in Japan to gather water, these days in the west they're used primarily for draining water from the roof. However they're used, rain cascading down these chains makes stormy weather look and sound a little more cheerful. Usually made from copper or stainless steel, the chains may be simple interlinked loops or more fanciful rows of tulip or lily cups. To use a rain chain, just remove your downspout and put the rain chain in its place. To complete the look, place a matching copper rain basin under the chain.
Also, numerous options help you work with the space you have to work with. Adding a nice fire pit or smaller firepots add ambiance and warmth to an outdoor area. If the outdoor area is quite small, decors may be limited to a small bench, solar lights, and small flower or herb garden for beauty and aroma. If your backyard is quite large, you can transform a section of that space into a dining or barbeque area. Any size outdoor area can be transformed into a tranquil retreat. Folding chairs and tables are a great option for really small areas. Multi-purpose furniture such as storage benches is really helpful because they provide a place for storing some of your decor when they are not in use or out of season or if you have a small space and they can't be out all of the time.
Bird baths are another great way to bring birds into your backyard. Birds enjoy fresh water and keeping themselves clean and a bird bath will draw a good number of birds in as well, be sure to keep the bath clean and the water fresh.