Make your outdoor space your refuge – 95.5 WSB

All good things come to an end, right? Many of the pops of color we enjoyed during the dark winter months, and even the short-lived but much-loved spring blooms, have now faded. After spending 5 days in Colorado last week, I was beyond grateful to return home to what must have been the pinnacle of spring color. My irises, rhododendrons and peonies were the brightest in years! And with a few days topping 80 degrees, our enduring pansies and violas are starting to look long. So what should a transitioning gardener do?

Make your outdoor space a place of retreat. Hang birdhouses, add lawn ornaments or pathway lights, fill bird feeders and baths, and spruce up that old patio furniture! And take the time to spend an afternoon at the crèche! I recently did a garden consultation for my friend, Ch. 2 news anchor Lori Wilson, and we had so much fun together, talking about ALL the possibilities for her new space! Gardener or not, who doesn’t light up at the vision of beautifying a space you love?! Do not hesitate to ask your friends and neighbors for a new perspective. And don’t let a bare space overwhelm you with what to put in it. Instead, get excited about how it can be designed and planted to reflect your style and taste.

Whether your space is mostly sunny or comfortably shaded, here are some of my recommendations for plants you’ll enjoy all summer long!