Garden centers have us tricked, and we help them trick us. After a long winter of reading magazines full of tantalizing plants and flowers, we itch for the first warm day. Nurseries make most of their annual income in the spring, which almost everyone considers to be the best time to plant a garden.
Just because the weather is turning cooler doesn’t mean your outdoor space needs to close up for the winter. With a few simple touches, you can transform your outside into a warm and inviting space to enjoy those crisp nights. Here’s how:
Having a beautiful driveway adds curb appeal to your exterior. It is the first impression you make on visitors as they approach your home. Why not take advantage of a functional part of your home and have it add beauty to your overall exterior?
The cooler temperatures as the seasons change from summer to fall allow many homeowners to get outside and start working on exterior projects that they were putting off during the dog days of summer.
As the cool fall weather moves in, some gardeners are ready to rip out their summer gardens and plant some cool-season vegetables, while others hesitate to say goodbye to those delicious cherry tomatoes or the peppers that finally started to ripen. In southern climates, summer veggies will continue to grow with little threat of frost and snow, while in northern zones, without protection, many warm-season plants will soon be lost to early frost.
The good news is that no matter what region you’re gardening in, there are plenty of ways to ripen up those last few green tomatoes and extend the season for a few more weeks or even months.
Stuart and Cathy Malone were looking to bring a little southern hospitality into their picturesque Bluffton, South Carolina vacation home. They wanted the entire property—a newly built carriage house, main house and garage—to connect with the surrounding coastal views and dramatic landscape. And they wanted to make sure the materials they used were low maintenance, so all they’d have to think about was taking in the scenery and entertaining friends.
Getting your table ready for outdoor dining requires little time and effort. Just add a few thoughtful touches by tying place settings to seating styles, combining complementary shades with bold pops of color and changing up shapes and textures.