Who says you’ve got to spend a fortune on landscaping to create an awe-inspiring outdoor oasis? Incorporate these four features to stir up big-time splendor at an affordable price.
1. A Charming Bench.
Simple seating is a pleasant addition to any landscape. We love how this rustic wood bench complements and adds depth to this peaceful garden area. Search local hardware and secondhand stores to find a settee uniquely suited to your landscape. And don’t be afraid to get creative. Go shabby chic with a distressed white or knotty pine. Or — if you really want to wow — paint a bench a bright, bold color like orange or lime green and accessorize it with some vibrant outdoor throw pillows.
2. Potted Plants.
Use potted and hanging plants to add color, symmetry and uniformity to your landscape for a big impact that requires minimal money and effort. The hanging foliage chosen for this fabulous wrap-around porch enriches the clean lines and crisp white color of the home without adding clutter. When planting standing pots, always include a thriller (something tall and striking), a filler (something that will grow to fill any open areas in the pot), and a spiller (something that will grow to have over the sides of the pot for added drama).
3. Drought-Tolerant Perennials.
If you live in a hot climate or area prone to dry spells, choose drought-tolerant perennials like Yarrow, Salvia, Lavender, Meadow Sage, Purple Coneflower and Lamb’s Ear to keep your landscape looking spectacular without a daily dose of H2O. The best part about these vibrant and fragrant flowers – other than the fact that most pests steer clear of them– is that they actually attract butterflies!
4. A Fountain (Or, Fountains).
Water features are a fantastic way to add drama to your landscape without breaking the bank. Choose a single fountain like the one pictured above to create a unique focal point. Or, group a collection of smaller fountains together to create a cohesive and tasteful display. Small or large, fountains will create a soothing sound and a serene atmosphere that you and your guests are sure to enjoy all summer long.