Hate Driving? Create a Garden Oasis & Stay Home

by on May 29, 2010

PotHoles  Drainage Disks Summer is almost here! And just as our annuals and perennials start to take off, so does the annual hike in gas prices (Only this year prices are actually going down! What’s up with that?!?). This year, instead of driving halfway across the country, save some cash and create a relaxing getaway in your own backyard.

Creating a private retreat for your “staycation” is easier than you think, and can be done with just about any sized budget.

Start with these tips:

Find some gorgeous garden structures.
Define your space with garden structures such as pergolas and gazebos. You may even want to add a swing, hammock or other structure for relaxation. If you don’t have the budget or construction skills to add larger structures to your yard, use a trellis covered with vines to create a living screen.

Add plants for privacy.
Plants are another way to define a space and create a feeling of seclusion. Use perennials, annuals, vines, ornamental trees, and shrubs alone or in combinations to create a sense of enclosure for your outdoor room.

Birdhouses for the Backyard

Add a water feature or sculpture to enhance your space.

Use a kit or build your water feature from scratch. There are many wonderful ‘How to’ videos of You Tube which show you exactly how to create a wonderful fountain for the soothing sounds of running water. Or add something that will draw the eye and instill a sense of magic or wonder, like a sculpture, bird  house of gazing ball.

Cushions and pillows provide comfort & style.

There is nothing quite as inviting as a chaise lounge beside the pool in a shady spot topped with a beautiful print pattern on a plush cushion. That or some really fun pillows on your favorite outdoor swing. Stretch out, relax and let someone else do the rocking!

Torches and lights set the mood.

One thing that makes people want to stay all night is a cozy seating area around a firepit with pretty lights strung through- out the trees or or draped on the overhead trellis. There are many colors and styles to choose from. Have some fun while you let you imagination flow.


Shade is a must for people who are less tolerant of heat or just want a place to cool down after enjoying a game of badminton or croquette. Nowadays, there are a wide variety or umbrellas in many different shapes, sizes and colors. If you do not have a table with a hole in it for an umbrella, you may want to consider a sail. they can be square, round or triangular, depending on your needs.

Good luck creating the perfect garden retreat for yourself and your family and friends.

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