Memorable Moments This Summer – Design an Outdoor Room for All to Enjoy
By Melinda Myers
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[May 31, 2016]
matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an
outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to
Start by gathering ideas from magazines, the internet and
websites like Gardener’s Supply Company for examples of outdoor
Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable for your
outdoor entertaining. Define the space using outdoor rugs and
furniture or tall planters (gardeners.com) to serve as the walls for
your garden room. A bistro set and a couple of chairs makes for an
intimate space on a balcony. Those with more room may want to
include an outdoor wicker and teak dining set. Fill the planters
with ornamental grasses, papyrus, cannas and other flowering plants
to create a living screen.
Add a splash of color and flavor to the space by growing herbs and
vegetables combined with flowers in these and additional planters in
your garden space. Include ingredients for your favorite drinks,
appetizers and meals. Your guests will enjoy plucking a few mint
leaves for their iced tea or mojito, harvesting fresh greens from a
Salad Garden Bar and dressing up the meal with a few pesticide-free
edible flowers like nasturtiums, calendula and daylilies.
Busy gardeners and those that travel may want to try self-watering
pots. These containers have built-in water reservoirs to provide a
constant flow of water to the plants. This means you need to water
less often, while still enjoying healthy and productive plants.
Add some height and focal points with topiaries. Purchase a sculpted
evergreen or train vines up a twist topiary frame to create a bit of
living art. And don’t forget to add some garden art and statuary.
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Extend your enjoyment with outdoor lighting. A few votive candles in
old punch cups are perfect for intimate gatherings in small spaces.
Add a bit more illumination with the help of solar illuminated
planters, solar deck lights, post caps, and solar cubes and spheres.
No buried electric lines or extension cords needed. Use these lights
to lead you down the path to your garden space or brighten the space
for an evening of fun.
So get busy creating the garden room of your dreams. Once you get
started, you will be looking for more opportunities for that quiet
getaway, outdoor kitchen and more ways to enjoy your garden.
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers
has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written
over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the
Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to
Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the
nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments.
Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms
magazine and was commissioned by Gardener’s Supply Company for her
expertise to write this article. Myers’ web site,
www.melindamyers.com, offers gardening videos and tips.