If you have a large yard or a lot of empty space in your backyard, it may be tempting to fill that space with a pool or gazebo. However, those aren’t your only options, and there are many more possibilities that are fully within reach if you decide to take the path less traveled. If swimming pools and grand gazebos don’t interest you, here are a few beautiful upgrades you can give your backyard if you’re willing to put some time and effort into the act.
A fire pit is a great way to gather friends together for a night of atmospheric conversation, and a great way to stay cozy during chilly spring or fall nights. A lowered fire pit can house a comfortable place to burn wood or charcoal. If you want a more atmospheric, cost-effective approach, fire glass can hide the gas plumbing system and give the fire pit a classy, sleek look. You can center couches and tables a fair distance away, and enjoy the flames as you converse with friends or family. Whether you’re enjoying it at night or during the day, it’s a sure-fire way to spruce up your outdoor living space.
If you have a green thumb or just enjoy the aesthetic of plants, this idea may be appealing to you. Building a greenhouse is easier than you might think, and with a bit of elbow grease and some well-laid plants, you can begin growing and caring for a variety of exotic plants and ivies. Also a great way to improve the oxygen around your home or grow some of your favorite vegetables and herbs, that you absolutely love to eat and or cook with.
These areas can be some of the easiest to put together, and they are a great place to sit down patio furniture to enjoy the weather. Staying off the grass and away from itchy allergens means you can sit back and relax in the comfort and beauty of stones that bring you peace. You can even place rocks leading up to the rock patio, and place solar lights along the walkway for added emphasis and a better atmosphere at night.
While this option is a bit more complicated, it can be incredibly beautiful. A lavender garden is a great way to add color to your yard and surround yourself with soothing scents. Arrange them in circles or make a maze to invite guests into, or just make a pattern with the garden itself. The only limit is your imagination and your available space.
If you don’t have room for a pool, or just don’t feel like you could handle the upkeep of a full-sized pool, a pond is a great way to decorate and still establish a natural, zen atmosphere. Depending on the complexity, this option can be very simple or require a bit more decorative element. Whether you’re working with a koi pond, a pond with a built-in waterfall, or just a simple little watering hole for frogs and the like, this option is both cute and all-natural. You can even place ceramic figures and mushroom-decorations for an added adorable factor. Water is a great resource for peace, it can have an automatic calming effect on a stressful day. Adding a pond to your backyard, may be the perfect solution for family chats in the evening to bring the tension and stress down from a long day or week.
Butterfly gardens are a sweet, quaint way to decorate, and they are colorful and pleasing to look at too! With a select selection of flowers, including daylily, goldenrod, hollyhocks, lavender, and lilac, among others, you can create a colorful garden and get seasonal butterflies too! Add a birdhouse, hummingbird feeder, and even a butterfly/honeybee watering dish to draw even more natural attention to your garden. To make a watering dish, simply put out a shallow bowl and fill it with smooth stones or marbles and water. Be sure to refill it regularly, and try adding sugar to attract more insects to it. Butterfly gardens not only attract beautiful species, they are great for improving the air quality around your home as well.
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