Tammy Leach Backyard June 12th, 2018 - 23:40:03
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.
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.
There are quite a few ways to begin decorating in your backyard, a great way to begin adding some depth to it is to draw live birds into your yard. My wife and I have enjoyed watching the various birds that are indigenous to our local, so one day we jumped onto the internet to see what we could do to draw them into our backyard on a daily basis. We learned that providing a place for the birds to rest, bath and feed were great ways to draw them into our yard.
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.
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.
If you plan to do a lot of outdoor entertaining, you will want plenty of sitting room, as well as an outdoor cooking and dining area. Backyard design ideas for outdoor kitchens should include a barbecue and surface space. Your backyard dining room may be furnished with a simple picnic table or a patio table of any size. It is important to plan these backyard areas with convenience in mind and place them as close to your indoor kitchen entrance as possible.