Summer Outdoor Living Tour…Part 2
A few weeks ago I shared our summer spaces with you. Today I am back to talk to you about how to make your outdoor spaces work for a busy lifestyle. Where you live, how much time you have to maintain your space, and how you use it are key factors to take into consideration when deciding what to do with your outdoor summer spaces.
I am joining 16 of my blogging BFF’s to bring you tricks and tips and beautiful tours of outdoor spaces, be sure to check them all out at the bottom of this post!
Container Planting for Your Summer Spaces
Last summer my hubby and I created this planter out of an old WASHTUB. Now each year I fill it with annuals that bloom all summer long. Container planting is a great way to add flowers to your landscape without committing to the same perennials year after year. The containers can be moved wherever you want them so, as someone that likes to rearrange everything, this works out great for me!
Low Maintenance Flower Beds for Your Summer Spaces
When we first bought our home, I spent time making a flower bed in the front of the house. I had holly bushes, flowering bushes, yellow roses and each year I would add a new perennial. Over the years it got to be a high maintenance hot mess.
This year in the front of the house we pulled out the pine trees that had started growing crooked, holly bushes, and the flowering bushes. I left my coneflowers and irises and planted some dahlias. To inhibit weeds from overtaking my flower garden (I am not fond of pulling weeds, who’s with me?!) I put down a fabric barrier before putting in my mulch. There are lots of landscaping rocks to give the flower bed visual interest, but that’s it. My husband and I both work full time so we don’t have time for lots of maintenance. Perennials come back on their own each year, the fabric barrier keeps out the weeds, and the rocks fill in the empty space.
In the back yard we added more dirt to the flower bed next to the doors coming out of the family room, I planted some dahlias to go with my other flowers and then added plenty of mulch. Simplicity at it’s finest. Both of our flower beds get mostly sun. Make sure to take note of how much sunlight your spaces get before picking out flowers to plant. Now if I could just keep the pugs out of it!
I just love lots and lots of flowers, but not the upkeep, and my hubby doesn’t like to have a lot of stuff to mow around in the yard. So, this little border of day lilies is perfect! It isn’t in his way when he mows and in the winter they disappear like magic, or maybe he mows over them…I am certain he will never tell. (insert winkie face emoji)
Outdoor Summer Spaces for Entertaining and Hanging Out
The best part about summer and summer spaces is entertaining or just hanging out. If you do a lot of entertaining, then you need a space that will accommodate that. Multiple seating areas and an outdoor dining area is probably on your wish list.
We rarely do any entertaining, so our deck is small. Normally it is just the two of us and the pugs…oh and our newest addition, Roudie…the black and white, Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix. We finally redid the deck after 2 years, following a room addition we put on the house. I wanted a table so we built one that seats 4 and fits the size of our deck. Just this past weekend I found lounge chairs on sale and got 2 so that I can lay out and soak up the sun on the rare occasion I find time do it.
I love sitting on the deck in the morning, while it is still cool out, catching up on email and blog type stuff. I am not a coffee drinker, my pink cup is usually full of pop (I know, shame on me, not the healthiest habit in the world). Of course, wherever I am, so is Puglsey…that’s him in the lower middle there.
The questions to ask yourself when deciding on what to do with your summer spaces are:
- What spaces do I want?
- What are we going to use the spaces for?
- How much time do I have for maintenance?
Be honest with yourself and you will have summer spaces that you love to be in and that fit your needs.
Summer Outdoor Living Blog Hop
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Until next time,