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5 Fun Garden Elements to Consider for Spring

Soon enough, the ice will thaw, the snow will melt and spring will arrive. Seedlings will sprout from the ground, and color will return to the cold, barren beds where you once tended your flowers and greenery. There's no better time to prepare than today, and all it takes is a little planning to bring your garden back to life.

We’re here to help you with that planning, touching on five fun garden elements to beautify and restore your landscaping. Review some of the suggestions below as you gather your supplies. Then, mix and match ideas to create combinations that work within your unique space.

1. Wild and Layered Gardens

A garden with structure has unmistakable appeal, and many homeowners choose to organize their beds in familiar, conventional ways. They're easier to tend, for the most part, and aesthetically safe. Are you hesitant to make an enormous leap in your layout? The benefits of a wild and layered garden are still worth a look.

Beyond the natural beauty of their uncultivated look, wild and layered gardens often require less maintenance when you choose plants that partner well with each other. You're also fostering a meadow-like environment that provides a habitat for animals, while improving the surrounding air, soil and water.

2. White Picket Fences

A white picket fence perfectly complements the colors of your flowers and greenery. Among other spring gardening ideas, it's one of the most popular, and the simple addition of this type of hardscaping improves both the aesthetic and dimensionality of your garden.

When you nestle a white picket fence within your garden, you're defining its entrance, of course, but you're also providing a structure on which climbing plants can grow and bloom. The contrast of their petals against the white material of your fence creates an attractive focal point for your property.

3. Lounging Areas

You might boast the most beautiful garden in the neighborhood — with flawless rose bushes, trimmed hedges and vibrant flowerbeds — but if you don't have a space to sit and admire your hard work, your landscaping is incomplete. You need a comfortable spot where you can relax at the end of a long day.

When determining options for your landscaping, designing a lounging area is a must-have for any homeowner who wants a degree of functionality in their garden. You can read a book, listen to music or take a nap, surrounded by greenery. Depending on the size of the lounging area, you could even entertain friends.

4. Raised Beds and Vertical Planters

If you have big plans for your garden but a small space to work with, you don't have to compromise. Raised beds act as a sort of container garden that holds your plants on top, with a shelf for supplies on the bottom. They're an excellent alternative for homeowners who don't have access to a standard plot.

You can also take advantage of your wall space with vertical planters, which are similar to raised beds, but put a spin on the concept. These planters are essentially flowerpots fixed to a flat surface, one on top of the other, and if you have DIY experience and the right tools, you can make them yourself.

5. Shutters with Succulents

You can combine shutters and succulents to incredible effect if you have adequate space and supplies. You'll want to collect large wooden louvers in particular, with broad slats to allow enough room for your plants to settle. Lean these louvers against a wall on your deck or in a lounging area, and your work is complete.

Succulents are durable and can handle most conditions, so you don't need to worry about them surviving in this type of unconventional environment. Still, you should keep them in a shaded area, as direct sunlight is detrimental to their health. Once you've finished your project, you'll see just how charming it can look.

Spring Garden Ideas

Whether you choose a white picket fence or a lounging area, a vertical planter or shutters with succulents, any one of the five fun garden elements detailed above will bring life back to your landscaping. As you move forward, review some of our suggestions and see how they fit within your space.

And remember: Spring isn't far away, so you should start preparing today!

Author Bio:  Holly Welles covers home improvements on her own blog, The Estate Update, where she writes everything from garden tips to kitchen fixes and beyond. You can subscribe to her weekly newsletter or follow along on Pinterest to catch her favorite ideas.

Kylie Johnson

I am the managing editor here at Everything Backyard. I love all things design, including interior and landscape design. In my spare time, you can find me sitting outside reading a good book or working on my own DIY projects.

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