Polly Vaughan Backyard June 07th, 2018 - 00:05:44
or the last few years my wife and I have enjoyed spending our free time in our backyard, we have a deck, a patio, and an in-ground pool, it's wonderful! Yet the rest of our yard just seemed to be kind of dull. We planted flowers and flowering bushes, which brought our yard some color, but they only gave the yard that pizazz we were looking for for a short period time, we were missing something.
Lighting is a very important part of your backyard design. If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining at night, you will want bright lights that illuminate your yard well, especially near your dining area. Coleman's propane powered tabletop torches are easy to use and perfect for the backyard. Smaller patio lights are ideal for walkways or sitting areas and simple tiki torches provide an inexpensive lighting option as well.
Would you love to bring the calming sound of running water into your landscape, but don't have room in your backyard for a full-sized fountain? If so, a tabletop or wall-hanging water feature may be your solution. Self-contained wall-hanging fountains are easy to install on any sturdy garden wall. For very small backyards, there are fountains and tiered waterfalls just 15 inches that can be placed on tabletops or in flowerbeds. Choosing a solar-powered fountain will also save you the trouble of working with electrical wiring.
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.
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.
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.