Whether it's a play space, a relaxing spot or the centre of your summer entertaining, you can enhance your backyard with a few creative DIY projects. Adding structures such as firepits and trellises and selecting complementary plants and flowers that appeal to all your senses increases your enjoyment of this space throughout the warm seasons.
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Five Senses Spaces
Create a space in your backyard that stimulates all your senses. Plant brightly coloured flowers and shrubs alongside foliage with green, red and bronze leaves. Choose flowers that are fragrant, perhaps evening scented stocks for the nighttime and jasmine for during the day. Install a water feature, such as a fountain or small stream, for the sound of water gently flowing. Alternatively, plant butterfly bushes and other plants that attract birds, butterflies and insects that you can both watch and hear. Eating vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh herbs from your garden stimulates your sense of taste and also encourages healthy eating. Involve your sense of touch by digging in the dirt when you work in the garden, and by selecting plants with textured foliage, such as feathery ferns or spiky rosemary.
Fireplaces and Fire Pits
A fireplace or fire pit in your backyard adds warmth on a cool summer evening and provides a focal point for your evening entertaining. The fireplace can be a standalone structure of brick or clay, perhaps doubling as a pizza oven. You can create a fire pit in the centre of a stone patio or even on a patch of lawn. Place several layers of cinder bricks in a circle and top them with a grill for cooking hot dogs. Remember to consult your local municipal authorities about zoning laws and other restrictions before starting your construction.
If you have a favourite gardening architecture or style, or love the look of gardens in different countries, then consider creating a themed garden. By mixing the hard landscaping of structures and patios with the soft landscaping of plants and flowers, you can create the look of a colour-filled English country garden or the quiet relaxation of a Japanese zen garden. Create a garden that reflects the colours and style of Monet's paintings, or use rocks, cacti and succulents for a Southwest garden look. Match the garden furniture and accessories to your theme for a complete experience.
Secret Garden - Courtyard
Build a secret garden by enclosing a small part of your backyard. If you have a courtyard, use it for this purpose; otherwise build your own enclosed space by using fencing for privacy, or trellis and climbing flowers for a more open structure. Plant your favourite flowers in containers if your secret garden does not have suitable ground for flowerbeds. Include a comfortable chair or hammock in which to relax, and consider all five of your senses in this relaxation space.
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