Spring in Texas is a special time of year. Not only does it provide a few days of gorgeous weather before summer temperatures spike, but it’s also the perfect time to get your garden cleaned up and beautified for the year ahead. Here are our favorite ways to spruce up your garden for spring:
1. Plant drought-resistant plants
Even though the ground stays soggy for most of April, there will come a time when you’ll start to miss those wet spring days. That’s why drought-resistant plants are the best way to ensure your garden will still have some life and color come August. The garden gurus at Better Homes and Garden recommend plants like salvia, verbena and lacey oak because of their extreme resistance to both drought and heat. This is especially useful if you live in an area that enforces strict summer water restrictions.
2. Color, color, color
Bright colors make for happy gardens! In addition to choosing bright blooms for your flower beds, like lantana and kalanchoes, trade in some of your weathered terra cotta pots for the colorful pots currently popping up in garden centers. Bright teal, salmon and cobalt blue pots will give your garden that bit of oomph to liven things up all year. Keep your garden vibrant by taking consistent care of your flowers all summer. Water early in the morning to control moisture, and provide shade during the hottest days.
3. Garden decor
Look beyond the blooms to create your one-of-a-kind garden this year. Consider a colorful garden flag or wooden sign that will show off your personality. SampleHouse is ready to outfit a garden of any size with tin flags and bright, bold wooden signs emblazoned with a few words of wisdom. And of course, no garden is complete without a strategically placed decorative tin watering can. Stop by any SampleHouse location for a little bit of green inspiration.
4. Make the old new again
If you have an old chair or some rusty buckets taking up space in the garage, put them to work! The minds over at Lifehack.org have some great suggestions to repurpose your old junk into some fun and funky garden accessories. No longer is that rusty old Radio Flyer or faded dining chair just a dust-collecting keepsake—it’s your new garden accessory. The possibilities are endless!
5. Light it up
Keep falling in love with your garden even after the sun goes down by adding some light. Take advantage of the magic and affordability of solar power and transform a basic path light into a lamp, jar light or even an outdoor chandelier. A quick spin around Pinterest (easier said than done) will give you a decade’s worth of ideas for outdoor lighting using cheap solar lights found at any home improvement store. What a bright idea!