How to Decorate Your Home and Patio for a Garden Party

Everyone comes back to life when warmer weather hits. The sun is out and plants are finally in full bloom. What better way to celebrate all that greenery than by throwing a garden party? The following steps will make your home ready for entertaining.

Understand the Seasons

The garden invites a mystical, almost fairytale vibe. Play it up by stringing lights along your bushes and patio for a soft and cozy feel. These lights also make a comfortable transition into the evening and keep the party going. A theme like that works well for late May and early June, where it’s not super-hot yet. July and August are when summer has truly arrived. This is a season that invites luaus and backyard barbecues. Get that pig on a spit and break out the tiki torches.

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3 Wildflowers Every Gardener Would Love to Have in their Garden

Contributed by Wendy Dessler

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Today, most home gardeners plant their gardens with wildflower mixtures that grow well and produce vibrant colors in their gardens. While that is perfectly acceptable, it is possible to plant usable flowers in your garden. Many of us like to know what a plant can do for us. Whether or not we use the natural remedies of nature is up to us. But it stands as a great and meaningful conversation about our flower beds.
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Top 10 Shrubs, Bushes, and Trees to Plant in your Garden this Winter

Contributed by Emma Metson

As we near the end of fall, the temperatures really start to drop and the nights start to draw in; it’s now that you want to start ticking off your list of winter garden jobs. For many though, this is the time of year that our gardens slip to the back of our minds as we start spending more time indoors.

However, just because the bright blooms of summer have died back and leaves are starting to fall from the trees, doesn’t mean the season to enjoy our gardens is over! If you get smart with what you plants, you can have a beautiful garden all year round.

The trick is to choose the right plants with aspects that still deliver visually during colder weather. The best choices are shrubs, bushes, and trees.

Here are some top picks for you to plant in your garden this winter.

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1. Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

When choosing what to grow in your garden, don’t make the mistake of only thinking about flowers. Plants that provide texture, especially during the winter, are ideal for creating an all round, all seasons garden.

The Paperbark Maple is perfect for the addition of texture to your garden. All year round the brown bark on its branches and trunk peels back in thin layers to reveal the brighter red colored wood beneath.
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Brace Yourself, Great Garden Decorating Tips are Coming

Contributed by Hannah Thomas

No matter the season, gardens are always in. They are the reflection of their homeowners and their idea of what this outdoor space means for them. Even if you or your guests are unaware of this, it’s somehow always in the back of their mind. The garden shows how we perceive our day to day life, maybe even more than our interior. So we offer some great little advice that can help tie in your garden’s look and make it feel like the safe haven it should be.

Define your space

Have you decided on what you’ll be using your garden for? Will it be a quiet oasis for meditation, a place for friends and family to gather, or a barbecue party area? Once you have a clear image of what kind of space you wish to create, it becomes much easier to visualize the kind of furniture, colors, and décor you’re after. A defined space will dictate the key centerpieces of the garden, the ones that will attract the most attention – whether it be a lounging swing, a barbecue, or a pond.
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Creating a Butterfly Garden with the Kids

Worldwide, there are about 20,000 types of butterflies, with over 700 types living in the United States. A butterfly garden is the perfect activity to do with kids. It is inexpensive to create and doesn’t take more than an hour of time to complete. Here is how you can create a butterfly garden with your kids.


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