Alba Stevens Backyard June 05th, 2018 - 00:17:36
One of the things that will set a home apart is the choice made when selecting outdoor furniture. Regardless of the landscaping and other attractive features that may be in the outdoor space, old or unsightly furniture will spoil the overall effect. Some homes have beautiful patios made of brick or other materials, but it is the furniture that will present viewers, as well as the homeowner, with a completed and attractive area for relaxing or enjoying a visit with friends.
Some people embrace utilizing objects in their decorating. Stepping stones scattered throughout the lawn or garden accent well with the natural surroundings. Some people like stones that replicate paw prints, while others are stamped or carved with an inspirational quote. Garden gnomes placed strategically throughout the yard will delight and surprise visitors at every turn.
Next is the addition of stylish outdoor furniture. Don't buy that vinyl cushion covered junk that your grandmother had in the 80's. I am talking about quality wooden furniture that is hand crafted.
These glass garden accents were popularized during the Victorian period when 4-inch hanging balls of either gold or blue were used to scare off witches. Miniature gazing globes are designed to hang in the air along a garden path or beside a pond. Today's globes are typically ten to twelve inches, but globes as small as five inches and as large as twenty inches can also be found. Blue and green globes capture light well, but if you want a clear reflection of your backyard, go with silver. Warm colors like red or gold work well near seating or above plants of a similar color. Gazing globes can be placed directly on the lawn or in a flowerbed, but they reflect light better if mounted on a stand. Stands are often works of art in themselves, ranging from classical Greek columns with scrolls and acanthus leaves to whimsical designs with animals, fairies, and other figures.
The first category is container gardening is a very popular hobby. It is planting flowers or interesting plants in stylish containers instead of in the ground in the garden. These containers can be displayed anywhere in the space instead of having to be in the flower garden. The containers can actually become a major part of the garden design. There are numerous sizes, styles, colors, and prices for decorative outdoor containers. Wooden planters create a rustic look. Wrought iron planters help with a more elegant space. Terra cotta planters and ceramic pots give a more traditional feel and these are just a few of the many container options. Sculptures that are designed to hold several flower pots add a whimsical affect to the garden. A sculpture shaped like a bicycle, a wagon, or a chair that holds a flower pot in its seat are just a few fun choices.
The last category is light. Solar powered lights easily stick into the ground and create an enchanting ambiance as darkness falls and also do not require batteries. Lights that are triggered by a motion sensor will light up when someone walks past, providing additional safety and security as well as convenience when arriving home at night.