If you're thinking about adding some interest to your garden this year, there are many options for you to consider. Because your garden is a living extension of your home, it's easy to add character and charm and make it a place where you'd like to spend time during the warmer months. From growing your own food to simply relaxing in the shade, here's ten awesome garden design ideas for you to consider this summer.
10 Awesome Garden Design Ideas For Summer
1. Build A Pond
If you feel that your garden is missing something snazzy this year, a great feature to add would be a pond. A pond might seem like a lot of work but it can be pretty easy to create and it can provide a wonderful focal point on your property. To build a pond, use the advice from the pros in the video below: find a spot on your property that's relatively level and near electricity and a water source, such as a spigot. Before you dig, call 811 to be sure you're not digging near sewer lines or underground pipes or wires. You can purchase a DIY pond kit, using a liner or a precast pond form. Then add some big plants and perhaps even a few koi fish to swim around in the space and you have a lovely new water feature for your garden.
2. Add A Bird Corner
If you fancy yourself a bit of a ornithologist (or if you're just a fan of bird watching) why not dedicate a corner of your property to the birds? A birdbath, a few bird feeders, and flowers and shrubs that they typically enjoy are just what you need to keep your feathery friends coming back for more. The best part about having a little bird sanctuary in your yard is that it's not just seasonal; if birds know they can find food and shelter on your property year round, they'll become more than just your fair weathered friends!
3. Build A New Shed
Adding a shed to your property is a great way to store garden and yard equipment, sports equipment and even add extra storage for off-season items like patio cushions or holiday decor. Building a shed doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming; depending on your needs you can purchase a simple 6' x 3' kit for about $500. You can can step up your shed game, however, by building something more attractive that includes a window, a window flower box and and other attractive details.
4. Raise Your Garden Beds
If you want to give your garden beds a stylish upgrade this summer, try building a few raised garden beds throughout your property. A raised bed isn't difficult to construct, but they will give your garden a serious wow factor. Try to find garden beds that are made out of long-lasting composite materials to avoid rot and fading. Raised garden beds come in a variety of sizes and shapes, are great for herb, vegetable and flower gardens.
5. Or Plant A Container Garden
If you don't have room for digging garden plots, you can try planting a container garden instead. There are a number of veggies and herbs that thrive in pots, and this is a fantastic solution (and a fun hobby to undertake!) for those with limited space. Some of the best veggies and herbs that you can plant in a container garden include tomatoes, radishes, spinach and peppers, as well as any herb you like, quite frankly. Make sure that you place your containers in areas that will receive at least six to eight hours of sunlight, and water at least once a day, especially on super hot days.
6. Try Planting Some Fruit
Planting fruits and vegetables is a great way to grow your own food. If you haven't tried planting fruit before, here's a few that are sure to thrive in just about any zone. As always, be sure to check the USDA's plant heartiness zone map before committing to (and purchasing) your plants.
- Blueberries (zones 3-7)
- Figs (zone 7)
- Cherries (zones 5-7)
- Blackberries (zones 4-9, 14-24)
- Strawberries (zones 5-8, 9-10)
7. Hang Some Baskets
For a bit of colour and texture, why not hang a few baskets of colourful flowers? Hanging baskets can be a great element to have for aesthetic reasons, but they can also lend a bit of privacy as well. Baskets can be found in a variety of materials such as plastic, terracotta hung from macrame and even metal hanging hooks with pots made from coco. Hung from porches, decks, and on shepherd's hooks scattered around your patio and other spots in the garden, hanging baskets of seasonal flowers are a great addition to any garden.
8. Plant A Patterned Garden
If you've ever visited an arboretum, or seen stately homes with lavish gardens, then you know how visually appealing a patterned garden can look. Generally designed with tulips, daffodils and other colorful perennials, you can create a patterned garden suitable to the size of your own property. The design you come up with and the flowers you choose are only limited by your imagination!
9. Go Wild
If you are more lackadaisical when it comes to gardening but still appreciate beauty in the backyard, then a wild flower mix may be ideal for you. There’s no need to worry about pruning and caring for your flowers as much as a more formal garden would: simply carve out a space on your property and edge it with a natural material such as stone pavers. Scatter wildflower seeds about and by the start of summer garden will be full of colour and life, and it will attract a whole host of wildlife to the garden too.
10. Or, Make It Minimal
For a more modern and chic summer garden design, you can scale back your design and go for a more minimalistic approach instead. Skip the maintenance of a flower garden and opt for potted cacti and other succulents instead. For a pop of color, add annuals in hanging baskets, and / or use colorful pots for your succulents. To add more green to your garden, try topiaries. You can even go super low maintenance and minimalist by creating an entire garden using artificial plants and flowers outside!
We hope you like these ten ideas for adding a little design to your summer garden. Is there anything new and different that you're doing to your garden this year? Let us know in the comments below!