Simple Tips to Spruce Up Your Patio

I have a beautiful garden, but not because I spend a lot of time gardening. In fact, I spend very little time tending to my garden. I inherited a lovely garden…a cottage style country garden and it was one of the reasons I fell in love with my new home in Franklin. The previous owner LOVED to garden.

It never occurred to me that I would have to spend a lot of time maintaining all the flowering plants she planted.

Here’s how I like to garden. I love going to the nursery…picking out new plants…putting them in the ground and then I think they should be able to take care of themselves. Really…that’s my idea of gardening.

New Dawn Roses adorn my back fence. I love them.

But it doesn’t work that way. In fact…flowering plants need a whole lot of care and maintenance.

This is the first year I’m going to have hydrangea blooms and just look at how many. This is one plant. I have 6 more just like this one.

Thank Heavens for Pure Green because they have literally saved me a whole lot of time and for the first time, my garden is not only in full bloom, but it’s also disease free.

I thought we had creepy little bugs in Los Angeles, but it’s nothing compared to what shows up when it’s humid. There are definitely bugs in Middle Tennessee.

White clematis

Thanks to Pure Green who treats my yard with everything it needs including fertilizer, systemic insecticide and a disease application, not only is my garden going full blown crazy with flowers, but I can focus on sprucing up my patio.

If you love gardening, but like me, you don’t want to have to worry about all the maintenance, Pure Green is your company. I had no idea how much I would love this company. They know their business and the customer service is off the charts excellent.

If You’re Looking for Some Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio or Garden…

Go Bold With Color and Print

Outside spaces can get away with bright colors and bold patterns that would seem overwhelming inside your home. So go ahead and paint those Adirondack chairs, flea market finds and antique metal yard art. Just be sure to choose paints and stains that can stand up to the wear and tear of Middle Tennessee weather. Recover faded cushions with fun, outdoor fabric to give them new life for this year’s patio season.

Outdoor umbrellas also are a great way to spruce up your yard with color, just be sure to secure them when the weather gets bad because you don’t want them flying away. This happened to us twice! We had a glass tabletop for our outdoor table and twice the umbrella blew out of its stand and smashed the table. We now have a wood tabletop and very secure umbrella. I know…it took us a while to get this right.


Repurposing found or inexpensive items can be an excellent way to update your patio on a tight budget. Create a daybed out of four pallets and a few 2x4s and top with a homemade cushion for the perfect do-it-yourself look. Go a step further and hang the daybed from the patio ceiling and secure with reinforced hooks to create a relaxing patio swing. You can also use pallets to create outdoor tables and planters. Wine barrels can be repurposed as end tables, and wooden wine crates work great as rustic planters. The possibilities are endless so have fun with it. You never know what you already have lying around the garage that could be reused.

Go Floral

Flowers are a colorful and fragrant addition to any patio, especially varieties that work great in pots, hanging baskets and window boxes. Try begonias, geraniums or zinnias—they grow in almost every color except blue! Make sure to opt for flowers that are easy to grow and hard to kill. When filling a window box, remember this trick: every flower arrangement should include a “thriller,” a tall, show-stopping flower, a “spiller,” a plant that will grow over the box’s sides and a “filler,” a low-growing plant that fills in the empty spaces.

Indulge the Birds

Possibly the simplest way to create an inviting colorful space is to bring in a bird feeder. Last year I had two feeders (squirrel-proof) and I was blessed with a lovely variety of birds. But this year…I added feeders with suet and oh my gosh…I’ve never seen such a variety of gorgeous songbirds. I have cardinals, bluebirds, wrens, gackles and we were even blessed with a rose-breasted grosbeak. Nothing more peaceful than sitting outside and taking in the wonder of nature and beautiful songbirds.

I really can’t say enough great things about Pure Green for lawn and total garden care. If you’re tired of trying to do it all yourself…give them a call and ask for a quote. Time is precious and I’d much rather be enjoying my garden than having to deal with sick plants.

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