Outdoor Living Spaces that Rock!

Outdoor Living Spaces that Rock!

Even though landscape and patio space is often overlooked, outdoor renovations and redesigns frequently pack the biggest punch. Your outdoor space is your first chance to inspire and make an impression on neighbors and guests, so sprucing it up can give your blah house a much-needed boost. Because such dramatic changes can cost a pretty penny, it’s important to carefully consider your options before delving in. Set your budget ahead of time, and work carefully with your designer to make sure you stick to it. Research materials and landscaping techniques that are appropriate for your location and style, and don’t forget about all the components: landscape, patio or porch and pool. Now, check out these ideas and get outside!

Mix Vegetables with Your Flower Garden? Absolutely!

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There’s a bit of fabulous chaos happening in the gardening world. Beans are happily climbing with clematis. Herbs are cohabitating with echinacea. Food is growing with flowers. It used to be that vegetable gardens were stuck in an out-of-sight corner of the backyard. Flower gardens occupied the high profile spaces around our homes. Not any more. Plants are busting out of their traditional roles and growing together—wherever—in harmony.

Flowers are certainly known for their attractiveness, unlike vegetables, which are primarily functional. However, vegetables and herbs often look better than you think, especially when placed around gorgeous blooms. The decorative aspect of vegetables is often part of the reason why home gardeners choose to incorporate them into their flower beds, especially in place of ornamental grasses and foliage. Planting vegetables near flowers also ensures that plenty of beneficial insects are attracted to the area, reports GrowVeg.com. Not only do flowers’ bright colors and aromatic scents attract pollinating insects like butterflies, moths, bees and beetles (which help pollinate vegetable flowers too), but they can bring in insects that eat those that are dangerous to your plants, like aphids and mealybugs. It’s a win-win for both blossoms and veggies! Click on the image above to read more!

Butterflies–Attract them to Your Garden!

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Butterflies—Attract them to Your Garden!

Butterflies are the ultimate sun worshipers. Plant your butterfly garden in an area that gets a solid 6 hours or more of sunshine every day. Pay attention to the seasonal changes, too. The best site for a butterfly garden will get lots of sun from early spring to late fall, not just in the summer months.