You’ve set your clocks forward, so the outdoor days of spring can’t be far behind. Maybe you’ve already felt a difference in the air as spring peeks around the corner. Biltmore Blooms is coming up soon and the Asheville Orchid Festival is right behind it. If you’re as excited as we are to see this fresh, beautiful season on the horizon, here are 5 tips that will refresh your outdoor living space and help you summon — and celebrate — spring.
5. SAY HELLO, SPRING! WITH A SPRING WREATH
Place a spring wreath on your door! Just because winter holidays are over doesn’t mean your door has to lack expression. A spring wreath says Hello, Spring! and Welcome! at the same time. If you’re an artist or crafter, you know what to do. If not, there are plenty of places to purchase a spring wreath such as craft stores, Target or Williams Sonoma, depending on your budget.
4. WELCOME A NEW RESIDENT TO YOUR GARDEN
Add a sculpture or whimsical ceramic creature to your garden and let it be a focal point. You might just need a focal point when you get to Tip 1, below.
3. REFRESH YOUR PORCH, DECK OR PATIO FURNITURE WITH BRIGHT, NEW PILLOWS
Skip ahead straight to summer with new outdoor pillows in bright colors. You’ll find them already in shops everywhere — or make some pillows for yourself! Start with a bright shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth. Cut it up, fold each piece over, stitch most of the way around, stuff with Fiberfil from the craft store and stitch it closed. Mix and match!
2. ADD A CONTAINER GARDEN … OR TWO OR THREE
Find a few planters of difference sizes and textures, and fill each one with some plants that will contrast in size, shape and color. Include something tall like Bamboo or ornamental grasses like Feather Reed Grass or Fountain Grass. Be sure to add a pop of color to each one! The containers will look great on your deck or patio this spring.
1. INVITE THE MAGIC OF ASHEVILLE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
Once you turn on landscape lighting at your home, you’ll never want to go back to darkness. This is the best time of year to call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Western North Carolina for a consultation. The Asheville landscape lighting designer will show you where you can use outdoor lighting among your trees, shrubs and flowers to the greatest effect. Possibilities include path lighting, flower bed illumination and, of course, lighting your new container gardens and whimsical garden creature as focal points. The beauty of landscape lighting is unmatched.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Western North Carolina, we offer the best deck lighting, exterior home lighting, landscape lighting, and patio lighting; all LED for 80% less energy use. Call today to schedule a design consultation. (828) 373-6887