What are your plans for sprucing up your gardens/ outdoor decor?

A New Look for You - I'm trying to get a new look for my yard
United States
March 17, 2007 8:33am CST
Ok, it's time to start thinking about ways to improve your gardens and yard for the spring and summer. New garden decor, outdoor decor, new plants to change the look of things, etc. For me, I'm planting hostas in the garden at the base of my back deck, I've planted sedum in one of the gardens, I've put out a gazing ball that I was given, and I am going to try to make a tepee trellis, plant some vining flowers by my bedroom window, ....I've got several plans, mostly to add some groundcovers that will help me not have so many weeds to deal with. I'm also trying to incorporate a birdbath/ fountain in the back yard and adding some more plants that are native to the area. How about you? What are you planning to give your outdoors a different look this year?
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@LoganzMom (619)
• United States
21 Mar 07
i wish i could have a garden and flower beds to play in, but where we live i have no yard so i can't. i look forward to buying a new home and going crazy with my yard! i love flowers! i want flower beds galore. i havent done much gardening but i'd love to try it out.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
hon, all you need is a few pots outside the door or on the deck (if you have one). all you have to do is ask and i'll help you plan something that will be easy to care for, but allow you to do some gardening. it's easy. thanks!
@dhouston (417)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I'm gardening at my mother's. I've recently installed a trellis and ordered a climbing Red Blaze rose for it. I'll put out two bush roses as well. I'll plant a variety of flowers along the edge of the deck designed to bloom at different times from April to November, and will plant a row of herbs, peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos. I want to try some unusual produce such as Armenian cucumbers.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
i love being able to incorporate both flowers and vegetables and herbs. they look so nice together. good luck and happy gardening!
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I am planning on adding some roses to my rose garden. Plant some more summer flowers, like daisies, larkspur and may a few hosta's. I also want to a new a flower bed in the front yard at my Mother's house. I have another yard I take care of and I am planting fruit trees and caladiums. So I will very busy this spring and summer with all my different gardens.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
busy, but very rewarding! it sounds as though you've got some wonderful plans and i wish you the best with it. happy gardening!
@nancyrowina (3850)
18 Mar 07
I've planted a load of Tulip bulbs and poppy seeds in a bed and some iris's and daffodils in pots along the wall. I've cut back a load of Ivy which was blocking a lot of the light and there's some grass growing now. I'd like to get a table and chairs but they are so expensive I'd probably have to buy those horrible plastic ones that look awful so I might not bother.
• United States
22 Mar 07
it sounds like you'll have a beautiful yard this year! Good luck, and thanks
@the_vicar (1478)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Spring is upon us now and we have already mowed about five times in the last few weeks. We had to cut down our cannas because they froze over the winter but they are coming back and I am looking forward to to their bright orange color. I have many flower beds to deweed and I want to add pansies, marigolds, and zinnias to them. Whew! There is a lot of work ahead!
• United States
22 Mar 07
I know what you mean about the work! But so rewarding! I love cannas, they are just gorgeous. Happy gardening!
@wawaww (69)
• Indonesia
18 Mar 07
If you didn't plant tulips and daffodils in the fall then head out to your nearest nursery or garden center for a look at the "eye candy." Nurserymen who have wised up to our forgetfulness start spring blooming bulbs in coolers and then put them out for sale this time of year. I was even in a discount store recently and their garden center had racks of potted hyacinths, tulips and daffodils just waiting to be snapped up.While you certainly don't want to plant up an entire flower bed with these convenient beauties — they can be costly — they are ideal for potting up a container or two and bringing a little spring magic closer to your home. Tulips and daffodils have built in antifreeze that makes them very hardy for spring and able to withstand sudden cold snaps. In fact, to get these bulbs to bloom you need a period of dormancy where the bulbs are exposed to freezing temperatures before the warmth of Spring coxes the flowers out into the open. If you experience a sudden cold snap in your area, more than likely, the bulb or the plant itself and any buds will be fine; however, a flower that has already bloomed is at risk of being bitten by frost.Some other flowers that can take the often chilly temperatures of spring are: # Snapdragons # Violas # Purple Cabbage # Hyacinths Moving from flowers to vegetables, there are several that only perform well in the cool months of spring and fall.For flower beds try using a weed barrier fabric and topping beds with mulch. This does two things, it prevents the sun from germinating the weed seeds and also locks in moisture keeping your plants better hydrated during the summer.So remember, this spring do three things: Plant, weed and feed. Happy gardening!
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• United States
22 Mar 07
thank you for your wonderful tips, but you didn't tell us what YOU will be doing.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I am digging out a fish/water pond that will have rocks for the water to cascade down, water plants,and of course fish. I am also working on my rose garden and then I am going to tackle the beds around my tree bases.
• United States
22 Mar 07
sounds wonderful! i'm hoping to incorporate some sort of water, also...we'll have to see..thanks and happy gardening!
@coolcatzz (1588)
• Canada
18 Mar 07
Well I just can't wait to see how my garden looks when it comes up. Last year was my first year with it and I planted a lot of perrenials and I'm anxious to see what survived. What will come up and what won't. I always try to add something new to the garden. Like a stepping stone, ornament or something like that. I really look forward to this season because I find gardening so relaxing.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
It's relaxing to me, as well...very good therapy and so rewarding...thanks and good luck with the gardens!
• United States
18 Mar 07
We have started to order flowers that will come back every year and they attract birds and butterflies. We did one spot last year and plan to do another this year. Don't spend so much money on flowers then. Want to plant a nice garden again too. Money is tight this year but always like a nice looking flower beds.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
i stick with perennials, as i just don't have the time or money to do it over again every year. I love plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Happy gardening!
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Hubby has ordered me some climbing roses, summer lilacs, and blue bushes. Where I am going to put all of them? I have no idea. My sister has given me a 'million' daffodil bulbs. Where am I going to put them? No clue. I am going to start planting this week!
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• United States
22 Mar 07
Lol!..sounds like you've got quite a task ahead of you! I know the spots i can plant my new ones, just can't seem to decide where to put what! Oh well, we'll figure it out, huh? Thanks and happy gardening!
@Kasssy (107)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I barely have time to do anything between 4 kids, working and single mom. We also have an above ground pool. Most of the time I spend cleaning out the pool when I think I might be getting in it. I try to do some things in the yard like shrubs and a few flowers. It gets so hot here they die instantly. I was wondering if you could give me few hints on some outdoor things that keep up themselves basically. I live in South Carolina and we get in to the 100's here.
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• United States
19 Mar 07
being from Georgia, I know how you feel! I would suggest you check with your local Lowe's. They have a really good variety of plants that are drought resistant...stick with perennials, they'll come back each year and you don't have to continue to replant. Of course, it all depends on what part of SC you live in. Planting native plants in your yard is a good conservation practice and they are just beautiful!..Pampas grass is beautiful, a lot of rose varieties are drought resistant, good luck and let me know how it's going!
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I am working on a bigger garden area this year and the area around my birdfeeders I want to till the ground up and plant some flowers around it this year. and will change the flowers that I had last year to something different this year
• United States
19 Mar 07
i'm hoping to do a little something more with the back yard and give it some more color and hopefully a fountain. thanks and enjoy your new plants!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I am thinking about buying two rose bushes. I think they are called Knock Out Rose, my neighbor has two and they are gorgeous. I am also planning a tropical garden in my back yard. I would like to purchase a patio set, but it depends on finances.
• United States
19 Mar 07
i just got 2 rose bushes as a gift...actually 1 is a climbing rose, and one of them has a strong clove scent...i can't wait to get them planted! good luck with your knock outs, never heard of them. I'll have to look them up..happy gardening!
@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
17 Mar 07
My garden before we got creative - Garden before getting creative
Our summer is coming to an end here, (although it is still quite hot). Earlier this year our garden was looking a little boring so I decided my project for the next few months was to get creative in the garden. The garden was established with trees for privacy and a few ground covers. One bed had become very overgrown. We now have a fish pond with yellow water irises which are doing well. The water lilies are not doing so well. I made a rockery at the back of the pond which looks quite nice, and planted a lot of evergreen plants with flowers inbetween. Mainly impatiens. The verandah looks much better now, with a small leafed creeper and pot plants and flowers. Also added some white pebbles which are quite popular here at the moment. The front garden is my favourite. We also left the big trees and planted evergreen plants and ground covers. There are also quite a few flowers, roses, zinnias,impatiens, lavender, agapanthas and we made borders with white and brown pebbles along some of the beds. We laid a footpath with peace in the home between the slabs. A lovely water feature of a statue of a lady holding a water bowl is coming during this week. The bird feeder has been painted and it all looks quite nice. Most of all I thoroughly enjoyed my project and it is still ongoing. I must add though that a gardner comes to help once a week. He is a Godsend. All the best for you and your garden.
• United States
17 Mar 07
it all sounds so wonderful and you've got such a great variety of plants and flowers! it sounds beautiful...i'd love to have a big pond and waterfall someday...thanks and happy gardening!
• United States
17 Mar 07
The biggest thing I'd like to do for this year is to get rid of the fire ants close to the house and in the veggie garden. We've been in and out all day working on garden stuff today and just had to take a break because of my son getting into an ant pile. We've got a small sitting area where we put a bunch of hammocks so we can hang out with friends. It's pretty much enclosed with grapevines,trees and honeysuckle. We're trying to train some of the honeysuckle up as a privacy barrier from the street. Today though we're mostly working on getting in spinach,lettuce,peas, carrots, etc. My husband just finished weeding out the asparagus (this is our second year on our purple asparagus). We might try for some blue potatoes this year or next. I'm just now checking to see which of my herbs out front made it through a cold winter. The rosemary is doing great and it looks like my lavender is coming back, but not sure about some of the other stuff. Might have to replace some of the plants out there. I'd love to put a fire pit/table combo with lid out there with some chairs one of these days but I think that may have to wait.
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• United States
17 Mar 07
it all sounds wonderful, specially the honeysuckle...that's what i forgot to add to my list, thaks!...lol...for the fire ants, have you tried instant grits? just sprinkle all over the top of the mound and they eat it. when they get water, it makes the grits expand and kills them. just be sure the ground is dry and you're not expecting rain for a couple of days. if you try this, let me know how it works. happy gardening!
@creematee (2810)
• United States
17 Mar 07
Well, I am planning to place trellis on the west side of my front porch and planting hyathcent beans on it. Eventually, having a wisteria vine. (love the scent of wisteria!) I've started some perinneal flowers to take over some empty spots the annuals left. I still plan to take Rusty--my 4 year old metal puppy and place him by my front steps. He's such a wonderful dog, and people love him when they visit. It's so nice that he doesn't jump on them and get them dirty. :) Sounds like your garden will be really fun and pretty. I love hostas and have more than my share growing around our house. It's probably time to divide some of them.
• United States
17 Mar 07
I'm going to have my usual vegetable garden, and the main reason for planting the groundcover is to cut down on the amount of weeding i have to do other than in my garden. I'll have enough to keep up with with that. Plus i really have some empty spots that get a lot of weeds...my back yard needs some color too, and i've got a beautiful baby lilac ready to go by a birdbath...i love the plants you've mentioned, and your little puppy sounds adorable...i just today put out some happy frogs and gnomes to greet people...thanks for the response and happy gardening!
• Netherlands
5 May 07
This year we are planning on to make a lounge garden. With lotsa sitting area (couple of garden couch) so enough place for our friends when they come to visit us during barbecue time. I'll have more hortensia this year since it produce big nice flowers every year and they are kinda winter hard. Couple of new trees and we will plant them in a really huge pots so we can move them around and help to give shadow when its hot in our lounge area. And some small decoration that we will buy at the second hand shops or junk yard....