Summer is here and it’s time to get those summer outdoor spaces cleaned up and looking fresh.
Where you live, how much time you have to maintain your space, and how you use it are key factors to take into consideration when deciding what to do with your summer outdoor spaces.
I am joining 16 of my blogging BFF’s to bring you tricks and tips and beautiful tours of outdoor spaces, be sure to check them all out at the bottom of this post!
Container Planting for Your Summer Outdoor Spaces
Last summer my hubby and I created this planter out of an old WASHTUB. Now each year I fill it with annuals that bloom all summer long.
Container planting is a great way to add flowers to your landscape without committing to the same perennials year after year.
The containers can be moved wherever you want them so, as someone that likes to rearrange everything, this works out great for me!
When we first bought our home, I spent time making a flower bed in the front of the house.
I had holly bushes, flowering bushes, yellow roses and each year I would add a new perennial. Over the years it got to be a high maintenance hot mess.
It was time to simplify.
Create Low Maintenance Flower Beds
- To inhibit weeds from overtaking your flower beds (I am not fond of pulling weeds, who’s with me?!) put down a fabric barrier before adding mulch or rock.
- When you work full time, you don’t always have time to plant new flowers every year. Plant perennials and they will come back year after year.
- Add some large rocks to your flower bed. They take up space, add visual interest, and you will be less likely to overfill your flower bed with too many flowers.
- Be sure to choose plants and flowers that will thrive based on the amount of sun your flower bed gets every day.
- Make sure your flower beds are easy to mow around. Border them with stone or keep them close enough to structures or trees so they don’t get mowed over.
Summer Outdoor Spaces for Hanging Out
The best part about summer and summer outdoor spaces is entertaining or just hanging out.
If you do a lot of entertaining, then you need a space that will accommodate that. Multiple seating areas and an outdoor dining area is probably on your wish list.
- Decide how your hang out spaces will be used
- Consider using composite deck boards for your decking. They are low maintenance, clean up easily, don’t require sealing or staining, and you won’t be bothered by wood bees making holes all over the place.
- Pick a table that fits the space. Make sure to leave plenty of space for chairs to be pushed back and walked around, especially if your deck doesn’t have railing.
- Add small tables to seating areas so you have somewhere for drinks or a book when your relaxing after a long day at work.
- Have container planters for flowers to add color to your space.
- Be sure not to overcrowd your space. Keep it simple and functional and you will enjoy it all summer long.
The questions to ask yourself when deciding on what to do with your summer spaces are:
- What spaces do I want?
- What are we going to use the spaces for?
- How much time do I have for maintenance?
DON’T FORGET TO PIN FOR LATER!
Be honest with yourself and you will have summer spaces that you love to be in and that fit your needs.
Summer Outdoor Living Blog Hop
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