Transform your Patio

Transform Your Patio into an Oasis


The economy seems to be in a perpetual state of unrest these days. This means that people are spending more and more time at home. Sometimes though, you’ve simply have to take the fun outside for a while. That’s why it’s so important to make your patio a place you enjoy being. One way to do this, without spending a huge fortune in the process, is to transform your patio into an oasis for your family. Here are a few small things you can do that will make your patio full like a lush paradise.

Fill Large Pots with Lush Green Plants and Leafy Trees


You know how the story goes. The rich sultan is always fanned with palm fronds while being hand fed grape leaves. You might not be able to work out the fanning and fawning but you can have the beautiful greenery to provide vital shade and more than a little atmosphere for your patio. More importantly, when you arrange things just right, it gives your patio a bit of privacy from the prying eyes of nearby neighbors.

Take Advantage of Native Plants for Additional Greenery


In addition to lush hostas and green trees that are often associated with lush greenery and paradise, don’t forget to take advantage of low-maintenance native plants that are well suited for the local environment and landscape. When it comes to paradise, low-maintenance is almost always best. The less you have to work to maintain your oasis, the more likely you will take the time to really enjoy it.

Add a Water Feature


Whether it’s a small fountain in the corner, a major waterfall as the centerpiece or a streaming pond that runs along the edges of your patio, a water feature is a way to bring serenity and peace to your patio oasis.

Don’t Forget a Little Mood Lighting


Lighting is also important. This is a tool that can help you enjoy your patio longer into the evening and later in the year. Christmas tree lights aren’t just for December anymore. These lights come in a wide range of colors and can be excellent choices for a little low dose of accent lighting.

However, they are not the only game in town. Don’t forget the benefit of citronella candles and torches for pulling double duty with lighting and bug repellence. You should also consider running lights close to the ground for steps and to mark paths without detracting from the serene atmosphere of your patio.

These ideas can help you come up with a patio that’s such an oasis you may never want to go inside again. String a hammock in the corner and add some comfortable seating and you’re time enjoying the great outdoors will truly be made in the shade.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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