Aside from potted plants and peonies, consider incorporating additional elements into your landscaping that help bring your outdoor living space together. Dig out last year’s Christmas lights and hang them from your deck railings or thread them throughout the branches of a backyard tree. Use natural materials, such as leftover slate or lumber from a previous project, and create a designated seating and dining area.
Cultivating a sustainable garden full of fresh vegetables is both trendy and healthy. If an entire produce department seems overwhelming, focus on something smaller like a salsa garden. Plant tomatoes, onions, cilantro and a variety of peppers and serve your guests fresh salsa all summer.
Lastly, don’t overdo it. If you spend your entire spring and summer slaving away at your landscaping, then you’re not really enjoying the fruits of your labor. Read over the instructions to see how much care your new landscaping requires, and only start outdoor projects that you have time to see all the way through. Summer will still be fun regardless of whether or not that fire pit is completed.
And don’t forget to keep it local. Visit Roanoke-area nurseries and ask star city natives which plants, flowers and trees grow best in our neighborhoods. They’ll be able to give you expert advice that you may not find at big box stores. Plus you’re stimulating our local economy. Now that’s trendy!