Photo by Sandy KoepkeSummer is here! If you’re thinking about doing a landscape makeover and want to look into a low-water alternative, here are a few ideas to help you plan a lush garden that can thrive with very little water.
To minimize water waste, place plants in groups according to their light and water needs.
Take advantage of the latest trend in succulents and add some semprevivum to your garden.
Choose a variety of plants native to your area or drought-tolerant plants such as catmint, lantana, veronica, sedum or Russian sage.
Add a dry streambed using rocks to line a trench and create the look and feel of a water feature but with no water at all!
Go for lawnless landscaping, using poured-in-place concrete pavers for a modern look.
Add a non-plant focal point such as a Japanese-style bridge, a large rock or stepping stones.
Time to fire up the grill for some delicious barbecue! Good outdoor lighting is a must for the outdoor chef or griller. It makes cooking out easier by providing the kind of focused task lighting you need to gauge cooking times. Appropriate outdoor lighting also ensures safety for every one. This way your party doesn’t have to end when the the sun goes down.
Below are few ideas and tips to help you brighten up your barbecue space for the summer.
Step deck lights can provide the much needed safety around stairs in the evening light.
Our round step deck lights have a sleek clean look and provides a warm light spread that can be added to any area.
The uplighting technique achieved by pointing a few directional lights to the plants and trees around the barbecue area can extend that summer evening feel throughout the night.
Strategic lighting at counter borders and ends provides a subtle elegant look.
Lastly, path area lighting can be used to highlight radial areas for steps, features and walkways.