As we start looking ahead from winter into spring and summer, it’s time to not just get ready to leave those icy nights and crispy mornings behind, but also to think about what we’re planning on doing with our gardens this year.
Mercifully, the United States is blessed with a diversity of climates and localized ecosystems, which means that each state has plants, materials, and a weather pattern that makes it unique from its neighbors, offering all of us the opportunity to create outdoor spaces that blend in effortlessly with our natural environment. Wood offers so many versatile applications from our roofs to our floors – and everything in between.
Now, when you think about adding wood to your construction and design plans, things get very interesting because each state also has plant life that’s indigenous to that area, and so too is the supply of wood and timber. We’re going to look at a few fabulous spring & summertime garden ideas that you can build these upcoming seasons, with wood.
Depending on the shape and size of your garden, you may want to give some thought to the size of your bench and the direction that your bench will be facing. Mind you, those are pretty good thoughts anyways but certainly, the amount of available space you have will determine much of that. A little experience with power tools (or a plus 1 that does), and some good timber merchants, and you’re on your way.
These are fabulous additions to your garden because they not only create a delightful space for your flowers and plants (with a little storage beneath them), they also instantly add new dimensions to different spaces in your gardens. For example, in a corner that you might not have much use for otherwise, a raised planter can add an interesting feature.
Everyone needs that little extra storage space for their tools, seedlings, and more. A wooden garden closet looks and feels authentic to your surroundings, and you can design and build to your heart’s desire. You don’t need an awful lot of space to create a functional and useful storage closet, so any unused or unloved nook that’s hidden away in a corner somewhere can be repurposed to fit your storage closet. Timber makes for wonderful building material, it’s natural, easily crafted, and can fit any design spec or budget.
It’s not true that you need a huge space to accommodate a garden arbor, just about any size will do if you’re prepared to get creative with your arbor. Arbors add instant appeal to gardens and create little spaces within their own right. The fun part here is that if you do have the space for it, your arbor can double as a magic garden, a reading nook, or a chill-out space. Add cushions and soft finishings, hang wind chimes, and more.
Butterflies live for dark and secluded spaces where they can feel safe, and once you attract one or two, you’ll soon see your population grow, and nothing says springtime garden, like a kaleidoscope of butterflies.