Hi All! The weather looks like it has finally changed for the better, yippee! Now’s the time to get outside and enjoy the warmth and fresh air. However, is your outdoor space all it could be? Keep reading to see my checklist to create your outdoor oasis.
Plant Easy Care Perennials
Like many of you I am super busy and need an easy care garden. There are a few perennials which I have in my own garden and absolutely love. One is Johnson’s Blue Geranium. This is an amazing perennial, that has a nice mounding form, and blooms through summer and fall. I have even seen blooms in November!
Also, I love hostas and have about 15 of them in my front garden. Not only are they super easy to care, but did you know they make an excellent cut flower? My hostas are about 5 years old and the leaves have become massive. Every summer I will cut an odd number of leaves (usually 3) and place them in a vase. They are very impressive and tropical looking and can last up to 3 weeks in a vase after being cut!
Perennial Grasses are another favourite of mine. There are loads of varieties to choose from however I have a few that I especially love. Karl Forester Grass is a terrific grass that I have planted in my front bed around my big tree. It is very structured, looks great in the summer through the fall. I leave it be and let the birds eat the seeds off the ends of it in the winter and then chop it back in the spring. I also am a fan of the zebra grass. It gets a massive 8 feet tall and has impressive striped blades that are a real show stopper. My tip for grasses is to plant in odd numbers if possible. I find 3 or 5 in an area can really make a statement.
Johnson’s Blue Geranium
Karl Forester Grass
Creating an Anti-Bug Zone
Grow Something to Eat
Add A Water Feature For Relaxation
Add Some Ambiance
With such a long drawn out winter this year, one things for sure…I am going to enjoy every moment I can get outside on my patio this year. I hope I have encouraged you to do the same. So grab a glass of wine and get outside!