Ideas for your Summer Yard

During the summer, flowers are the “star” of the show.  And it’s so much fun to explore new flowers (hybrids on the market) as well as display ideas, so here are a few suggestions, from The Seasonal Home, for you to try…

First of all, because there are 4 Patriotic holidays surrounding summertime (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day), it’s nice to have something (on display) in patriotic colors.  Here is a display of Plumbago (blue flower) and the new red shade of Vinca together.  Both are pretty heat/sun tolerant, so they are a perfect pairing for the summer.

I also love geraniums during the summer, and here they are potted on The Seasonal Home’s front porch…

Finally, here is a fun way to display flowers inside inexpensive aluminum pails, available at most DIY stores (the most reasonable I found were at Lowes) –

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The creative part is using wrought iron hangers, in multiples, to display several of them in a row.

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SPRING, in the Recycled Garden!

GARDEN FOCAL POINT! One day, I realized that the corner of my yard simply looked boring, so I started looking around for something to hang from a large oak tree limb that protrudes over this area.  While shopping at a country store, I found a vintage farm house window, they were selling for a very reasonable price.  I brought it home & hung it from the tree limb on metal chains, using s-hooks to connect the chain to the existing window hinges.  I always feel good when I recycle things, but it is a HUGE bonus when it looks so great.  My new window not only turned out to be a superb focal point that brightened up a bland corner of my yard, but it has also proved to be a unique conversation starter for friends & family who visit.  I like to call it my very own “window to the world!”

LAYER YOUR GREENS! If you happen to have an old, outdoor container that is no longer able to be used for its original purpose (see my old birdbath in photo at right), please don’t throw it out… RECYCLE IT!  Whether it’s a clay pot or birdbath that’s developed a hole or a rusty wheelbarrow, simply use it to add another layer to a garden display.  In my back garden, I needed a display with some height, so I added a clay pot to the center of my old birdbath.  Then, I filled both the inside of the clay pot and the surrounding area (in the birdbath) with dirt.  I planted flowers that grow vertically inside the clay pot and creeping flowers that love to dangle in the remaining birdbath area.  Don’t forget to water frequently (especially after first planting your new display) and cover the soil with mulch to keep moisture from evaporating too quickly.

Alternative Ideas: Fill a large clay pot 2/3 full with soil & place a medium clay pot in the center of that.  Then, fill the medium pot 2/3 full with soil & place a small clay pot in the center of that.  Fill all 3 pots with strawberry plants or an herb garden.  There’s simply nothing better than fresh mint in your iced tea or fresh oregano in your spagetti sauce, especially when you’ve grown it yourself!