The spring season almost always inspires a fresh start. Whether you plan to clean out the attic or get your front lawn healthy again after a long winter, everyone feels motivated to revitalize their space this time of year. Rejuvenate your garden this spring and make it a space you’ll never want to escape. Find out how to include some eye-catching new plants, incorporate attractive outdoor décor, and utilize useful tools with these creative garden ideas.
Try New Seedlings in a Greenhouse
With a backyard greenhouse, you greatly expand your options for what to grow regardless of your planting zone. You can get creative with your planting efforts by trying out some new seedlings for the season!
Utilizing a GrowIT Backyard Greenhouse for efficient backyard gardening can help extend the season and better accommodate your unique plants. Thanks to its 4 ft. shelving, it makes organizing the interior of your greenhouse easy. Temperature regulation is simplified thanks to screen vents for ventilation, and our unique Luminate fabric improves plant growth by evenly diffusing the light. Grow better, stronger plants – faster.
Also, you can use a greenhouse to get a head start on your summer plants. You can plant new summer bulbs, or the bulbs that you dug up in the fall to keep safe from the winter frost. Additionally, you can get a head start on warm weather vegetables that are not very frost-tolerant, like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.
A greenhouse can be used to try out trendy new annuals like beacon impatiens, silver strand didelta, or I’Conia hybrid begonias or perennials like the firefly amethyst, dicentra “pink diamonda,” or “orange you awesome” echinacea before you move them to your garden. If you like how they look, you can transplant them into a garden or a planter. If you don’t like them, you can give them to neighbors, or bring them to a local plant swap event.
Add Beautiful Low Maintenance Plants
Do you consider landscaping to be a must-do chore and not a fun hobby? Then you should think about planting some shrubs or perennials along your house, driveway, sidewalk, fence, wall, or garden shed. Both types of plants are low maintenance: just plant them and watch them grow!
Rhododendron, boxwood, mountain laurel, golden euonymus, bearberry are all-season plants that have colorful foliage and require very little pruning. A hedge of shrubs planted along your borderline can also offer exceptional privacy. When cared for properly, hedges can add color and texture to your backyard landscaping. Additionally, if you want to get creative, you can get the hedge trimmers out and shape them.
The Perfect Time to Explore Perennials
Perennials are flowers or plants which are expected to live longer than two years. When you cut down a perennial after its flower dies off, its root system will live. Flowers like the black-eyed Susan, juniper, peony, and coneflower, and low-growing plants like creeping thyme add color to your backyard. In addition, plants like Hosta and pachysandra stand out in the shade and are also easy to maintain.
Decorative Mulch Adds Color and More
A variety of different types of materials can be used as mulch. Mulch can be spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and make the garden bed look more attractive.
Decorative mulches such as bark, wood, gravel, and stone add beauty to your flower bed, and add nutrients to the soil. They can also help keep plants and trees warm during the winter. Organic mulch like bark and wood decomposes over time and should be replaced every spring.
What color mulch you choose is all up to you. Some people prefer to choose a mulch that blends with their neighbors are using. Others like to use mulch that complements their home exterior.
Protect Plants AND People from the Sun
Plants can’t grow without enough sunlight. While many plants can never get too much light, it’s possible that plants can get too much of the heat energy associated with sunlight. Also, you and your family should avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays whenever you can!
The ShelterLogic Shade Canopy offers 50% shade with plenty of airflow – perfect for sufficiently keeping plants cool and healthy! Place it in your garden for worry-free shade in an easy-to-assemble and durable canopy solution. The added shade protects certain plants from over-exposure to the sun’s rays, ensuring they are given a proper environment conducive to growing strong and healthy.
For a more decorative shade solution that both protects against harmful UV rays and adds flair to your garden space, you can invest in shade cloth and shade sails. Shade cloth and shade sails can be attached to your house, a tree, or a post to create a unique design and block 90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. They can be installed during the spring and taken down in the fall for winter storage.
Although our shade sails and shade cloth feature knitted polyethylene that allows water to pass through, angling your shade cover can help maximize its water resistance. If you position your shade sail on a slope, large amounts of water are less likely to pool, and leaves and other debris are less likely to collect.
If you’re worried certain plants won’t grow under diffused light, simply adjust your seed list! Here’s a list of plants made for shade so your garden blooms regardless of where you use your canopy.
Use Containers for Additional Greenery
Your garden ideas shouldn’t solely be about digging in the ground. You can add color and greenery everywhere in your outdoor space by utilizing a raised bed garden. Grow healthy plants, produce, and flowers more efficiently within these convenient units that can be placed virtually anywhere – even on small decks or patios!
Raised beds provide a portable structure filled with loose, aerated soil that eliminates the hassles of weeds, unwelcome critters, or frozen ground when planting. A raised bed eliminates these issues because you fill them with fresher, more healthy soil. Additionally, raised beds can also be filled with organic compost or fertilizer. Raised beds also provide better soil drainage than the solid ground does.
Furthermore, raised beds can be easier on your back. remove grueling gardening tasks including weed-pulling, tilling the ground, and even time spent bending over your garden bed.
You can control the temperature and environment of your raised bed garden with a GrowIT Backyard Raised Bed Greenhouse. This mini grow house attaches easily to your existing raised bed garden and has a roll-up cover for regulated airflow.
Window boxes and hanging plants can also add a beautiful aesthetic to your home exterior and require very little maintenance.
A window box can be installed or hung right outside a window or windows. That means you don’t even need to go outside to water or weed what’s planted in them! Also, window boxes can be used to beautify a balcony or a deck rail.
Hanging plants are super simple to maintain, too. They can he hung on a bracket or hook that’s attached to your house, or on a shepherd’s crook that’s planted in your garden. Hanging plants come in a wide variety of styles and colors and can add beauty to your home.
Put Your Garden Shed to Work
Typically gardening supplies get tossed in a dusty shed in the corner of your yard, putting a damper on the aesthetics of your outdoor space. Instead, why not incorporate attractive storage right where you need it?
Metal sheds make perfect gardening sheds, featuring durable and water-resistant materials and modern styles that easily complement your outdoor space. Place it anywhere in your garden and surround with greenery for an effortlessly cohesive gardening space.
Beautify Around Your Shed
You may have already isolated your shed to a corner in your yard because you don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb. However, your shed is an essential part of your backyard, and it deserves your attention!
However, you should carefully consider what you plant around your shed. If your shed has sliding doors, then raised bed planters on each side of the doorway won’t be a problem. But if the doors of your shed swing open, you won’t want to plant anything that will decrease access. Consider how much space you’ll need to get a mower, garden tools, and more in and out of your shed.
Surround your shed with plants and shrubs for a subtle way to store belongings without allowing your hardware to take away from the aesthetics of your garden.
Tie It Together with a Walkway
You may already have a walkway going from your front door to your driveway or curb. But what condition is it in? Building a new walkway – or releveling a walkway – is a simple DIY project that can be done in a weekend or less. Also, you can add additional landscaping alongside your walkway and make your yard even more beautiful.
If you are replacing a concrete or asphalt walkway, you’re going to need a sledgehammer to break it up. If you’re re-leveling a walkway made of pavers, flagstone, or cobblestones, you will need a pry bar and a flat-head screwdriver to remove them.
If you are building a new walkway or path, start by using a garden spade or edge to lay out the shape of walkway. Then dig out a few inches of dirt and level it with crushed rock. If you are replacing a walkway, you will want to add more crushed rock and level it.
Cover the crushed rock with landscaping fabric, and then lay in gravel, cobblestones, pavers, flagstone, or whatever material you would like your walkway to be.
Once your new or re-leveled walkway settles, add sand and use a push broom to push it into the cracks of the pavers. This will lock the pavers in and help keep them from shifting.