If you choose the right stepping stones, you can transform a humdrum path into an appealing garden feature that does more than just get you from point A to point B.
Container Plant Arrangement
Display your potted plants in a visually pleasing tableau to give them greater impact.
A backyard fire pit establishes an attractive focal point and provides a gathering place where you can make precious memories with friends and family.
A tasteful sculpture nestled in with your landscaping plants can add depth, whimsy, color, and visual interest to your outdoor design.
The dappled shade of a pergola provides the perfect spot for relaxing on a summer day. This beautiful architectural feature can also help define functional space in your yard.
A comfortable, well-placed seating area can serve as the inviting centerpiece for a landscape design. Attractive in every meaning of the word, it's aesthetically pleasing and draws people toward it.
Like a fresh coat of paint in a room, a fresh load of mulch spread over your landscaping beds instantly makes your yard look crisp, clean, and beautiful.
Solar lights let you create a little mood lighting without having to deal with electricity or wires. Arrange a set (like these from Amazon) around your porch or along a path, and it will be easier to stretch your summer evenings into summer nights.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it can also be in the ears! Hang a set of wind chimes (like this bamboo option from Amazon) to let beautiful sounds ring out in your yard. But be sure to choose carefully, because those chimes will quickly become part of your—and your neighbors'—soundscape.
Pretty up your vegetable or flower garden with decorative plant markers. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they're a practical accessory that adds a little beauty to your beds.
Transform Your Pots
Give your pots and planters a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Choose the trendy colors of the season, or go with something artsy. Whatever you decide, you'll bring a pop of freshness to your yard.
An outdoor umbrella can add a burst of color to your landscaping and create a shady destination for rest and relaxation. You can even choose one with lights on its frame—or hang your own string lights—to give it purpose and beauty when you're out at night under the twinkling stars.
It takes just a little bit of light to enhance your yard at night, and luminarias provide a particularly lovely glow. Outdoor luminarias come in all shapes and styles, and cast a warm light over your yard in the evening hours.
Any furniture you add to your outdoor space can improve your yard's functionality and design, but why pass up the chance to inject a little liveliness into the design scheme? Whether you opt for brightly colored cushions or painted furniture, the result is the same: an eye-catching scene.
Lawn ornaments like orbs and wind spinners bring personality to your property and give you a chance to celebrate your own style and interests.
Birdhouses come in every variety and size imaginable. Mount one on a pole or on the rail of your porch, or hang one in a tree. This is another twofer: You'll have the beautiful birdhouse and the beautiful birds to boot.
Do a Little Landscaping
You don't necessarily have to get dirty to beautify your yard.
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