If your back yard looks the same as every other patch of grass on your block, make it stand out by adding a burst of color. Whether you’re looking for a few quick solutions or a whole new landscape design, incorporating pops of vivid color will add energy to your landscape and allow you to express your personal style in your outdoor space.
Try these ideas to give your home’s landscaping a bright new lease on life:
Paint Your Walls
If you have a privacy wall or other boring blank slate, consider painting it with a vivid hue to serve as a vibrant background to your plantings or your seating area. Solid colors that complement your flowers work well and keep the color show going long after your blooms have faded. For an even more eye-catching look, consider painting a multi-colored mural for guests to enjoy at your next outdoor barbecue.
Add Color to Your Walkways
If you already have serviceable walkways in your garden or yard, try adding a flower border to either side and fill the area with hardworking annuals to provide a burst of color throughout the growing season. If you need to add a new patio or paths, ask your landscaper to see samples of the materials you’re considering. You can choose flagstones in one color and fill in with gravel of a contrasting hue to make your pavers pop.
Consider Container Gardens
Plants aren’t the only thing to think about when designing your landscape for color. If you add containers in various shapes and sizes, you’ll add loads of visual interest. Containers don’t have to be dull, gray affairs, either. They come in a rainbow of beautiful colors and finishes — just add flowers and plants with variegated leaves to brighten up your patio or deck.
Finish the Furniture
Draw the eyes of your friends and family to your outdoor seating area by choosing colorful lawn furniture. You can paint your old Adirondack chairs a bold new hue, or you can add cushions, throw pillows and even an outdoor rug to create an inviting place to relax together. If you need to create a shady spot, a pergola over your seating area can support fast-growing vines and their colorful flowers for a breathtaking focal point.