We have all seen those garden magazines at the checkout counter, at local stores. They showcase some of the most elegant gardens and outdoor living spaces that could ever be imagined. They are pictures that can even make us a little bit jealous…oh, how wonderful it would be to have such a great outdoor paradise. 

Unfortunately, the gardens and outdoor spaces seen in these magazines are done by professionals much of the time. Furthermore, it can be expensive to replicate any one of the photos that can be seen in a magazine. The whole purpose of creating that ideal outdoor living space is to relax. But, it seems like it would be near impossible to relax, knowing that you have spent an arm and a leg, to get that dream outdoor paradise.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend much, to still have your own personal outdoor retreat. With just a bit of time, some thrifty shopping, and knowing how to arrange, your garden paradise could easily become a reality.

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First, start by getting outdoor furniture. The best option—an inexpensive alternative that is still beautiful—is the ever so popular plastic Adirondack chair.  These can usually be found in a great variety of different colors. 

However, when choosing furniture of any type (even outdoor furniture), it is important to remember that you might want to change the décor. For this purpose, it is best to play it safe, and get your outdoor furniture in either a relaxing white, or a dramatic black. These two colors will lend themselves to a variety of different styles, and will always look great.

When buying the chairs, purchase them in sets of two. This will create a friendly, inviting feel when they are placed. Also, invest in a bistro table, which would look nice sitting between the two chairs. This combination of chairs and a table will create a space that feels more welcoming, as well as relaxing.

Next, it is time to add plants to the space. This is a great time to add a splash of color, as well as whimsy. Start with some basic, inexpensive terra cotta pots. Then, with acrylic spray paint, you can create a wild collection of flower pots, that are sure to please the eye. Yellow is always a nice color, as it lends itself well to a garden. So does green. But the sky's the limit here. Choose paint that is in colors that inspire you…that make you want to spend time in your outdoor space.

After the flower pots have been painted, and have dried, it is time to add plants. Flowering plants, such as mums, can add a very charming splash of color. At the same time, succulents can bring about a relaxed feeling, as they require little maintenance.  The important thing is to purchase plants that make you feel happy. Then, arrange them into groups of similar plants. When placing the pots around the outdoor space, do so in sets of three. This is a number that is known to create a great visual presence.  Add plants at the sides of the chairs, and even put a small single pot on the bistro table. Imagine the sitting area as the center of your space. The flower pots should be arranged in a way that naturally draws you into that space. As for garden décor, stepping-stones can be created on a budget. All you need is a bag of quick drying cement, glass stones in the color of your choice, and a water tray…the type used for the bottom of a flower pot. Pour the cement into the tray, and let it start to set. Before it has completely set, add the glass stones. Once the cement has fully dried, take it from the tray. And, just like that, you have a great stepping stone, with wonderful colored glass, that will sparkle under the sun.

After the flower pots have been painted, and have dried, it is time to add plants. Flowering plants, such as mums, can add a very charming splash of color. At the same time, succulents can bring about a relaxed feeling, as they require little maintenance. 

The important thing is to purchase plants that make you feel happy. Then, arrange them into groups of similar plants. When placing the pots around the outdoor space, do so in sets of three. This is a number that is known to create a great visual presence.  Add plants at the sides of the chairs, and even put a small single pot on the bistro table. Imagine the sitting area as the center of your space. The flower pots should be arranged in a way that naturally draws you into that space.

As for garden décor, stepping-stones can be created on a budget. All you need is a bag of quick drying cement, glass stones in the color of your choice, and a water tray…the type used for the bottom of a flower pot. Pour the cement into the tray, and let it start to set. Before it has completely set, add the glass stones. Once the cement has fully dried, take it from the tray. And, just like that, you have a great stepping stone, with wonderful colored glass, that will sparkle under the sun.

Lastly, a great way to give your outdoors a new fresh look, power washing. Power washing has many uses. You can use it to clean your sidewalks, decks, docks, fences, patios, roofs etc. By doing this you will have the perfect finish to an exterior renovation.                                                                                                             Outdoor living is something that appeals to a great number of people. We all want that sanctuary, right outside our back door. And, as this article has shown, it is easy enough to build such an escape, without breaking the bank.

Lastly, a great way to give your outdoors a new fresh look, power washing. Power washing has many uses. You can use it to clean your sidewalks, decks, docks, fences, patios, roofs etc. By doing this you will have the perfect finish to an exterior renovation.
                                                                                                           
Outdoor living is something that appeals to a great number of people. We all want that sanctuary, right outside our back door. And, as this article has shown, it is easy enough to build such an escape, without breaking the bank.

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