Whether you have recently moved into a new home and need to do something with the neglected backyard or if you simply want to transform the space into one that you will love to spend time in, you may be looking around and feeling a little lost. Where should you even begin? Getting started is the hardest step, but this guide will help you realize your vision in five simple steps.

 

Borghese Outdoor Garden Fountain

Borghese Outdoor Garden Fountain

  1. Clean the Area - If there are planters, furniture, weeds, or anything else in the area that will be removed any way you should just go ahead and clear it out now. It is easier to look at a clean slate and create a design than it is to try to imagine what the space will look like without all the distractions in the way.

  1. Create a Plan - Grab a pencil and paper and create a rough plan of what you want to do with the space. Do not worry; you do not need to be a talented artist to do this. No one will laugh if your flowers and chairs look the same! If you already have a patio then you may just need to determine where you want to create your flower gardens. Maybe you want to have a more detailed plan and take this one step further by deciding what flowers and plants to use around the space. Are you adding a walkway? Pencil it in!

  1. Choose Your Color Palette - If you need to buy all new furniture then you should have a good idea of what color palette you would like to use. Are you leaning toward a themed environment, such as tropical, contemporary, nautical, etc.? This should also be considered when selecting your color palette.

  1. Add a Focal Point - Chances are pretty good that you have a focal point in every room of your home. Well, your outdoor space demands the same attention. Outdoor water features are perfect. Although you can add as many as you want to your flowerbed and patio it is a good idea to have one dynamic one that will stand out from the rest. Outdoor water features come in every style and size imaginable, so finding one perfect for your space will be pretty easy.

  1. Start Planting - Planting your plants and flowers will be more time consuming than you might expect. This is especially true if you are adding raised garden beds or borders. You do not have to do this all in one day. This should be a fun process. Work on one section at a time, so you do not get overwhelmed, and consider using a few planters that you can change throughout the season to keep things exciting.