Adding a focal point to your garden

Every outdoor space needs a focal point, somewhere your eye will instinctively go and marvel. From planting flowers to setting a pathway through the space or even building a vine archway, here are some ideas to help you make the most of your yard and bring your outdoor design to life.

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Whether it’s a classic white picket fence or a more modern style, a fence not only adds privacy but can also be a distinctive feature. To add flair to the structure, plant large flowers such as hydrangeas that will grow up and around the fence.

Inverness Gardens

Colorful annuals, flowerpots or boxwood hedges around garden beds will add interesting layers to your garden. Don’t be afraid to let your favorite flowers overflow, especially if they complement the colors of your home.

Walled Sacramento escape

Add a wooden bench for enjoying afternoons in your garden, and play with the lighting for an irresistible draw for the eye.

Vegetable Gardens

If you are a traditionalist at heart, an archway covered in vines or climbing roses is the perfect fit for a romantic garden entrance.

Traditional Landscape

A limestone path lined with wild daisies to soften the edges will give your garden playful definition. Try monochromatic plants and concrete pavers for a minimalist look.

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Summer Gardening: It’s almost never too late

Just because spring is over doesn’t mean you missed your chance to start or add more color to your garden or landscape. It may be too late to grow sweet peas, as they’re unlikely to survive during the summer, therefore it’s all about knowing which plants will work during the hot months. Below is a list of some beautiful plants that favor being planted in the summer.

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Aster:
Blooming in the late summer and fall, aster comes in a variety of bright colors including reds, pinks, purples, and blues to choose from. They’re low maintenance, love the sun, and perfect for garden beds and borders.

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Beardtongue:
Also known as snapdragon and penstemon, is great for the hot summer. They can grow up to 3ft tall and they bloom around mid summer. This plant is great to have if you love hummingbirds too.

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Dahlia:
These sun-loving flowers bring real beauty into your garden around late summer and fall months, especially since they can come in such a diversity of colors, shapes, and sizes.

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Marigolds:
They’re easy to plant, easy to care for, and easy to love. They’re quick to grow in the sun, and you can choose for them to come in a few different, vibrantly warm colors. Adding some landscape lighting to them would make your garden glow extra bright at nighttime.

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Lavender:
Since they love the heat it makes them perfect for summer. Adding beautiful purply-blue tones to the garden, they’re easy to care for, and have other uses as well, like lavender tea. Also, they’re really great for the declining bee population. Plus, who can resist that lovely smell?

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Sunflowers:
These iconic flowers say summer like no other. Sunflowers are exceptionally great as they can withstand harsh dry summers. They also tend to grow fast as they do tall, so make sure you have enough vertical room for them to stretch in your landscape.

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Hibiscus:
Known for its tropical-ness, it’s another great option for your garden in the summer. They may take a little more maintenance than other summer options, but their blooms are worth it that you’ll want to make sure you show them off at night as well using directional lights.