GUEST POST LANA HAWKINS:HOW TO SORUCE UP YOUR GARDEN FOR SUMMERTIME FUN

While we all have different idea of fun, it’s certain that nothing can beat the joy of relaxing in your own backyard, surrounded by your loved ones with a drink in hand and the warm rays of the summer sun shining down. Of course, if you want to create the ultimate setting for relaxing, amusement and play, now is the perfect opportunity to get down to business.
 
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Landscaping Is Key

Is there anything better than freshly mowed grass and the smell of flowers to get you in the prefect summertime mood? Of course, if you want a luscious backyard, it’s important to regularly maintain your plant life, but also to add some novelty into the complete setting. A colourful garden full of fresh flowers can really transform a space, from giving it a splash of cheerful colour, adding a bit of life to the surroundings, and giving it that delightful scent. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, you can choose from a variety of flower options, from sumptuous begonias, a joyful collection of million bells or even some refined calla lilies. For those looking to create a satisfactory mixture of soothing shades, the pantone colour palette will make your garden a true calming haven.

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Details Are Everything

When it comes to decorating any space, it’s important to remember one thing – the biggest effect is hidden in the smallest details. If you want to make your garden feel more alive, rather than spending money on traditional decorative pieces, try using your imagination and creating unique ornaments from broken planters, unused wood or old items from your house. Create unique pathways in your garden by mixing up different materials like gravel, turf or even wood mulch. Also, do not underestimate the power of illumination. Ambient lighting in the garden can make all the difference, so think about placing hanging lanterns or lighting up the pathways using mason jars. Use rusty keys to make colourful wind chimes or simply repaint your fence in different shades.

  
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An Amusement Nook

There are two words that, when combined, can put a smile on everybody’s face, and they are: summer and fun. The two simply cannot go without each other and that is exactly why having an amusement nook in your garden is one of those must-have features during those long summer months. Summer nights are made for friendly get-togethers that simply cannot pass without a bit of grilling and a few drinks. Thus, a grilling station or even a cosy fire pit should be mandatory in a yard like this. Don’t forget to add a fully-equipped bar so you can enjoy cold cocktails while resting in the pool. Whatever you do, do not forget about the kids and add a children’s pool or a beautiful sandpit. You can always build a treehouse for the kids to enjoy or create a mini boot camp using some old tires, ropes and boards.
 
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Make It Pleasant

Lastly, you will want to create your own sanctuary of peace, a place where you can unwind, relax and simply get away from the troubles of everyday life. And luckily, you really do not need a lot of things to make this heavenly project a reality. Creating a comfy seating arrangement and adding some colourful cushions along with a nice garden table will be enough. A patio is a perfect place to make a calming haven, but you can always find peace in a hammock under a tree or a pergola with some custom made shade sails. Not only will it provide some pleasant shade, but it will also protect you from sudden rain or any other precipitation.

There is no better feeling than knowing you can open the door of your house and enter a magical land which exudes with smells of flowers and freshly cut grass. Where you can lie down and rest your mind, read a book and drink a glass of your favourite drink, knowing you are on holiday right there in the comfort of your home.

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student from Sydney. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration from.