The days are warming up, meaning its time to show your garden a little extra love. There are tons of ways you can freshen up your outdoor space, from displaying new accessories to adding edible varieties to your colorful spread of flora. Read on for a list of ideas that will reinvent your garden.
1. Bring in vintage inspiration with unique decor. One reason we love gardens so much is that they take us back to simpler times. Whether we’re surrounded by beds of roses or sculptured hedges, the beauty and complexity of it all captivates us better than the latest episode of Downton Abbey (Ok, so maybe that’s not true–they’ve got some pretty spectacular gardens as well). You can enhance the old-fashioned appeal of a garden with a few strategically placed accessories. A set of weathered garden tools hung on the wall lends a reclaimed look, especially if they’re re-purposed as flower pot displays. And a giant antique clock hung on an outdoor wall makes for something completely different–it’s a fun look that we can’t help but love.
2. Make a place for the birds. Nothing captures the whimsy of nature quite like the delicate flitting of the local winged set. And for that reason, we love bird houses. Especially rustic birdhouses. Wood and metal selections look particularly lovely in the garden space, and lend old-fashioned appeal to the outdoors.
3. Bring the garden in. Especially if you have a small outdoor space, herb planters are a wonderful way to bring a touch of freshness indoors. Herbs are perfect for spring, since they do well in warm locations, in addition to adding bursting flavor to spring dishes. Most herbs prefer sun, so place a planter near a sunny window or on the deck or patio. It’s also important to water herbs as soon as the soil is dry a couple of inches below the surface. A planter with a vintage-inspired, industrial design keeps in step with rustic home schemes, whether placed indoors or out.
As your garden starts to flourish with color, think about adding some special decor that heightens the rustic inspiration of your outdoor space. Antique accents blend seamlessly with the outdoors, and you won’t have to worry about them rusting and weathering, since that only adds to their charm. What’s your favorite way to accessorize your garden?