This week marked the beginning of spring and HGTV.com readers are ready for life outdoors.
For many of us, it doesn’t feel like spring outside. Even so, our new HGTVGardens website has had a flurry of activity, especially this gallery of ideas for turning an ordinary deck into a garden hideaway.
Many are dreaming of a backyard paradise for family and friends to gather. Readers are also looking for the perfect mix of outdoor furniture, hardscaping and plants to create showoff patio style.
Our Pinterest pinners are digging easy outdoor living, with an emphasis on easy. This clever tip about adding a brick edge for easier mowing was this week’s most popular pin.
Let us know how you’re planning for warmer days ahead — or just keep clicking (and pinning).
This week’s trending post is brought to you by the letter ‘L’ because online readers love the color lavender, landscapes and living rooms.
Pinterest pinners have a passion for purple, especially in the bedroom. This space with soft, layered lavender hues was a fan-favorite last weekend.
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If you’ve browsed around HGTV.com, then you have certainly come across Designers’ Portfolio. This area of the website houses thousands of images from designers all over the world who feature their high-end commercial and residential designs. It’s a place for you to seek inspiration and ideas for your home, both inside and out. Well, we decided to take this idea a bit further. Now, you can seek ideas and inspiration on flowers, landscaping, edible plants, water features and much more with HGTV.com’s brand-new Garden Galleries. Are you wanting to create an Asian-style garden, or maybe add climbers to the back of your home? Garden Galleries has just what you’re looking for.
First, you can browse by category: landscaping, outdoor retreat, flowers and foliage, water features and edible. Then, you can narrow those results even further by choosing one of 18 design styles. And if you’re looking for a particular color, you can search that way as well. Dive in and take a look.
If your garden is anything like mine, it starts to look a little haggard come August. It’s not that I’ve given up on keeping it in tip top condition. I’m watering it regularly, I swear! But all that was once lush and bright has faded, and my spindly petunias and wilting gladiolas are making me sad. That’s why I’m ready to take on another garden project. August and September are the perfect time to refresh your outdoor space with some hardy, colorful plants that will thrive through cooler fall temps. While you’re at your local garden center, swing by the hardware store for some metal trashcans and the limited additional supplies you’ll need for featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn’s fast and easy mobile container garden how-to. The combination of glossy metal containers and fresh plants is the perfect decoration to wow guests at your up-coming labor day party!
Clockwise from left: Galvanized mobile container garden :: “Killer Klown” coleus :: “Purple Knight” alternanthera
This project is so easy and involves so few steps that there’s no excuse for an ugly summer or fall patio. My favorite thing about this project is the price — metal trash cans are a fraction of the cost of new containers. I also think the wheels are a major selling point. Do you know how much a container weighs when it’s filled with soil and plants? Being able to push them around to accommodate extra guest seating or a dessert table is absolutely priceless.
What are your best tips for lifting your garden out of the dismal days of late summer?
Share them with us in the comments below.