4 Of The Best Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Try This Summer

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to make your outdoor nest cosy and beautiful. You don’t need to break the bank to give your garden a summer makeover – all it takes is a few simple touches. In this blog post, we bring you our favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer.

Outdoor Lights Add Charm

We’re a lighting company, so the first recommendation on our list is choosing outdoor lights to add some charm to your garden, and with so many options to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Landscape lightings are great for trees, pathways, ponds and more, each adding its own personal touch to your outdoor space. You can even get creative with your own DIY lighting projects.

Make The Most Of Your Space

One of the main reasons people choose to do nothing with their garden is because of a lack of space. If you have a small outdoor space, go for a vertical garden, i.e. planting along a wall or fence. This way you can still make your garden look beautiful without creating a cluttered appearance. Summer is also a great time to grow edible plants, such as basil, parsley and mint.

Bird Is The Word

If you dream of birds singing on a Sunday morning, there’s no reason you can’t make this dream a reality. The best way to attract birds? With a bird bath. Concrete bird births are readily available to buy, or you can even craft one yourself collecting platters or plates from your kitchen and painting them. As well as enhancing the beauty of your garden, these will also be shallow and inviting enough for birds wanting to take a dip in the summer sun.

Add An Outdoor Water Fountain

What’s more refreshing on a summer’s day than the soft splash of running water? There are tons of water fountains available to buy, from small hanging fountains to large rock sculptures. Ceramic pot fountains are also perfect if you’re looking for a petite, yet attractive waterfall arrangement.

If you don’t have the budget, you can also get creative and find various DIY outdoor fountain ideas on the web.

What are your favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Spring Inspiration For Your Outdoor Space

Now that spring is upon us, gardeners everywhere are planning for the season ahead as the tips of the first tulip leaves begin to poke through the newly planted greenery. Whether you’re planning a totally new look for spring or just a subtle tidy-up of your outdoor space, we hope this blog post will give you the inspiration you need for a beautiful spring garden.

Art Isn’t Just For Indoors

Enhance your outdoor space with garden art, adding a unique touch with decorative accents, garden sculptures, and metal yard art. Rusted metal is particularly on-trend, yet natural-looking, while colorful hanging art draws the eye to a sheltered area, contrasting an array of pretty flowers and plants.

LED Lighting

With the nights getting brighter, subtle lighting is your best bet, and LED lighting is the perfect solution for creating different moods. Our LED Outdoor Lights are ideal for any garden that deserves a show stopping glow and decorative accenting and are made from heavy duty cast aluminum with either a powder coated or brass finish. Why not add some LED underwater pond lights to your garden pond or water feature?

Outdoor Lounging

If you’re really looking for luxury living, there’s no reason you can’t turn your outdoor space into a comfortable space just like your living room. The most luxury homes now include outdoor kitchens with a sink, fridge, microwave and the ultimate summer essential, a sizzling barbecue. Go one step ahead and add island seating, wet bar, and cooking stations.

Get Inspired By Canada’s 150th Birthday

With Canada turning 150 this year, what better time to purchase some native Canadian plants? Trees include birch, maple, and pine, to name a few, while flowers include the new ‘Canadian Shield’ rose, designed for winter hardiness in the climate zone of every province. Alternatively, consider planting some red and white flowers like those featured on Canada’s flag.

How are you altering your outdoor space for spring? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.

The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Landscape Lighting

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to buying outdoor lights, this post is for you. For many people, outdoor living spaces are becoming an integral part of how we live, with a wealth of options to help illuminate our gardens. From deck and pond lighting, to well lighting and path lighting, there are a multitude of options to consider. So why is landscape lighting important?

Installing landscape lighting not only enhances the beauty of the features in your garden, whether that be architecture, fountains or paths, but it also increases the value of your home, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Having good landscape lighting also prolongs the time space in which you can use your garden, and ensures its safe and secure.

When choosing the best type of landscape lighting for your garden, you need to consider a number of factors. For this reason, first timers choose to work with a professional landscaper who is knowledgeable about the best types of lighting for your garden as well as methods for installation.

Of course, you can do it yourself without any help from a professional, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with each type of lighting and how they work first. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy to work with and doesn’t necessarily require professional installation for this reason. For low-voltage lighting, you’ll also need to purchase a low-voltage transformer.

Choose whether you want to install halogen lighting, which produces a higher intensity light which is very bright and white, fluorescent lighting, which produces very little heat, while giving off cool, visible light, or LED lighting which is long lasting and energy efficient. LED lighting is quickly becoming the favorite for this reason, although keep in mind that the upfront costs are more expensive than for halogen or fluorescent lighting.

You should also familiarize yourself with where to place lighting for the best effect. For example, it’s usually best to place path lighting between one and two feet from the path to illuminate it. Ground lighting may be enough to highlight the path, or you might find you need a combination of high and low lights for the best results.

If you are unsure of the best lighting to use and how to install it, consult a licensed professional. If you’re looking to buy outdoor lights, check out our website, or contact us for more information.