One of the most exciting things about owning your own home is getting to decorate it to your tastes and style, starting with what you see before even crossing the threshold. Here are a few ideas on summer landscaping for your new home.
- If it’s your first foray into landscaping, start off with a few low-maintenance plants.
- Columbines add a lovely spray of color to your yard and attract hummingbirds.
- Catmint is a hardy perennial that doesn’t need too much attention to keep going from first to last frost. You may need to keep an eye out to prune it though, as it’s part of the mint family and will spread if left unchecked. On the plus side, however, it’s a natural mosquito and fly repellant.
- If you want to try your hand with wildflowers, English Daisies and Black-eyed Susans are native to Canada and make lovely bouquets.
- For a bit of filler, go for some perennial bunchgrass. It reaches a height of up to two meters and looks lovely either on its own or accompanying those wildflowers.
- Ferns do very well if your land gets a lot of shade.
- Ease into it with a few hanging planters by your doors.
- Add a few herbs to your garden. They’re beautiful and functional and can be kept in pots if you don’t want to put them directly into the ground.
- Give your deck a colorful coat of paint to keep that summery feel all through the colder months.
- Add a few hanging lamps to your deck or patio for some ambience during those summer dinner parties.
- A few colorful birdhouses add a pop of color and bring some friendly neighbors into your yard.
- Who wouldn’t love a vegetable patch? Beautiful and delicious, they’re a great addition to your landscape. Just remember that most vegetables need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight, and they should live in rich, well-drained soil. Give them a boost by working compost into the top 20-30 centimeters (8-12 inches) of the plot of land where you’ll be planting them. This will provide much-needed nutrients when your plants first start to grow. A few easy veggies to start with are:
- Lettuce and salad greens
Try any of these tips to start turning that new house into home sweet home.