By Gidget Yappy
Picture yourself in a relaxing oasis with the calming sounds of running water, birds singing, and a breeze blowing in the treetops. That beautiful oasis could be as close as your own backyard, and it’s easier than you think. Even making just a few little changes goes a long way towards transforming your backyard into an oasis. Your yard can be a beautiful place to relax, enjoy a family meal, or entertain guests. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Build a Water Feature
Adding a water feature quickly helps transform your backyard into an oasis. The calming sound of running water creates a peaceful atmosphere and helps drown out the noises of the city. Choose a water feature that fits your style, yard, and budget, from a simple fountain made from a decorative pot to an elaborate garden waterfall.
Layer Your Plants
Mixing low-lying ground cover, midsize shrubs, and tall shade trees creates a sense of depth and helps to hide unsightly views, like the neighbor’s wall. Planting in layers lets you create interesting textures, visual appeal, and a sense of lush growth. It’s also a great choice because it’s easy to maintain. The more natural look still looks great when it’s not well tended.
It’s hard to imagine you’re at an oasis when you can see your neighbor’s backyard and they can see you. Create a sense of enclosure with fences, lattices, garden walls, layered plants, or pergolas. Not only does this increase your privacy, but it also helps to block unwanted views and define your outdoor space.
Use Containers to Add Texture
Bring texture, variety, and lush colors onto your terrace, patio, or balcony by filling containers with a variety of plants. Pairing clean, simple containers with a mix of plants is a great way to create a striking focal point. Mix and match container sizes and plant shapes and textures to make a more stunning effect.
Color adds a vibrant tropical feel to your backyard. Tropical flowers, annuals, and flowering vines burst into bloom for a stunning effect. But don’t overlook foliage. Because it’s available in a variety of shapes and colors, foliage gives your yard a splash of color that lasts longer than the blooms of flowers.
Install a Spa or Hot Tub
Relaxing in a spa or hot tub is an ideal way to end the day. For those who love long soaks, this is a must-have luxury. Surround your spa or hot tub with containers of lush plants to create an even more inviting atmosphere.
Put up a Hammock
Putting up a hammock instantly transforms your backyard into a relaxing place to enjoy a lazy afternoon, unwind after a long day, or appreciate a gentle breeze. Few things are as simple and effective at turning your backyard into an oasis as putting up a hammock.
Creating a relaxing oasis in your backyard doesn’t need to be difficult. Get started with some of these ideas, and soon you’ll be enjoying a beautiful place to entertain, relax, and unwind.
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