Brighten Your Outdoor Decor in Winter – A Unique Element of Color to Beat the Winter Blahs

It’s no wonder that many folks suffer from the post holiday “blahs.” As the holidays come to a close and we start to take down all those festive decorations and lights, things can seem a little drab, leading us to search for ways to recapture the life in our surroundings. The first thing to do to reignite our senses is to simply open up all the blinds and curtains to let as much light into our homes as possible. Sunlight alone can have an uplifting effect on mood.

But then we look out the windows and find that much of the sensual experience of our landscape is missing this time of year. Winter has visibly set in across our outdoor environment. Empty branches remain in all but our evergreen trees, our lawn has faded to a pale straw color and most other color has faded from our landscape. Now, I am a nature lover, and I know that we are supposed to enjoy the graceful look of the leafless tree branches and that every season has its beauty, but I just miss the color!  Of course there are some flowers that can survive the cold winter temperatures; like pansies, which seem to smile back at you even through a blanket of snow, or ornamental kale for some color and texture in your beds.  But let’s face it; unless you live in a tropical climate, the color options for your winter landscape are fairly limited.

Thankfully, there is another option to brighten your landscape that you may not have encountered at the nursery or the home improvement store. I recently discovered some wonderfully creative artisans that design and create (by hand) glass wind chimes in an amazing array of colors and designs that add a whole new element to patio and garden d├ęcor. Glass wind chimes, you ask? Ah yes, but more than wind chimes, these are like art glass for your patio or garden. We have hung one right outside our living room window for a pop of color when we look outside across the now-barren tree line.

Now, you may have wind chimes hanging in your yard or on your patio now, some of them even with a little color, but these chimes are pure color in this luminous tumbled and frosted glass that is designed to be hung outdoors. When I say luminous, I mean they truly light up when the sunlight hits them! They are like having a wind chime and a sun catcher all wrapped in one! There are even floral designs that look like beautiful blossoms. I think they just may tide me over until those spring blossoms return to our landscape.

If you are wondering how you will brighten up your environment once the holiday decorations come down, this is one idea that may delight your senses.  And when those warm spring breezes return, they will continue to bring sound, color and light to life in your surroundings – and a break from the ordinary, which is my favorite part.

LED Landscape Lighting to Show Off a Beautiful Yard Through the Night

A nice yard and home is a great visual sight during the day. The view can be seen in its entire splendor during the daylight hours. However, one the light fades and night sets in, the beauty becomes hard to see. Fortunately, there is a solution to those who would like to show off their yard through all hours of the day. This option would be landscape LED lighting. These lights give homeowners a bright way to highlight some of the best features of their house and yard without outrageous expenses.

LED lights have been around commercially for almost 50 years. Their development has come a long way since then and they are now being marketed for more and more domestic use. Some of the most important aspects of these lights are their cost efficiency, their safety, and their long lifetime. These three elements combined make landscape LED lights a smart choice for many people.

LED bulbs use very little power; therefore they can be turned on for long periods of time without the worry of a high electric bill. For as little power as they consume, they put out a surprisingly bright light. This is great for those who wish to illuminate features such as decorative shrubs and trees.

Not only can landscape LED lighting show off landscaping features, but these lights also put off very little heat. There is no need to worry about something overheating and accidentally starting a fire near a precious plant. An added feature to landscape LED lighting is that the bulbs are much more durable than other, more traditional types of bulbs. Since they will be placed in the yard, they may be more prone to taking damage by pets, children, and even lawn mowers.

Landscape LED lighting is a safe and effective way to light up yards. There are several varieties including lights that can be mounted to shine down from above or placed in the ground to illuminate from below. There are lights that can be placed around walkways as well as lights that can be placed in plant pots in order to illuminate them as well. Rope lights also offer homeowners a creative way to highlight some of their favorite plants and landscaping attributes. Landscape LED lighting is a safe and cost efficient way to highlight a yard even in the darkest of hours.

Considering Landscape Design Ideas

Landscaping is one of the most excellent methods by which you can change your property or home. It is one of the most effective ways to make your home an even better and more beautiful place to live in. It lets you change the scenery several times through the gardening season. So you have always got a fresh, vibrant arrangement. Add pool decking, change the coping and tile, set variable pool depths, create multilevel pools and decking, and much more. Pools and spas can be any shape and size.

You should plan and develop three different plans that range from highest to lowest cost or most change to least change. The more experimenting you do on paper, the more likely you will avoid future problems when implementing your final plan into practice. Your garden design ideas are what count; but if you are going to use a landscaping specialist, don’t let a “professional” landscaper tell you something that changes your idea. While they may be full of useful advice and information on the practical matters of plants to consider, care of your lawn, and color combinations, professional landscape designers exist to save you time, give you tips, etc.

Landscape design ideas are not finished or complete till a water feature or fountain is in place. They are extremely decorative and they provide a sense of tranquillity and peacefulness. Landscape design ideas are sometimes a little tough to come up with. There may be limited space or limited funds to develop exactly what you think you want.

Should you add a few little trees? Which garden furniture would look better? The goal is to have flowering trees throughout spring and summer, fall foliage in autumn and good structure in winter. You could also place a small fountain or a piece of sculpture on a garden wall and surround it with small trees or shrubs. Placing a painting, mirrors, faux window frames, tilework, iron or found art on a back wall, visible from your deck or patio, can change the environment completely.

Another of your backyard landscaping ideas, and often a practical one, would be to include an attractive shed. This can be placed in a corner. This will be the basis of the design, insuring that the design will fit the lot, enhance the house, and create a beautiful and comfortable yard using suitable plants, paths, hard surfaces, garden structures, outdoor lighting and water features.

When planning your landscape design, water is an important element to consider. More importantly, you need to think about how much you are likely to be watering. Lighting is the essential element in illuminating your landscaping vision (pardon the pun)! It allows you to get nighttime use out of your landscape, and further, to add mystique, appeal, and security. While plants are the base of any landscape design, water is perhaps the most important element to consider when designing your landscape.