The Hudson Valley region is comprised of some of the state’s most scenic counties. Views from backyards are stunning year-round. Instead of only enjoying the natural beauty from your windows, turn your backyard into a comfortable oasis. Spending more time outdoors helps soothes the soul.
Plant Native Species
Native plants are sustainable, benefit the local eco-system, and help bring the region’s natural beauty closer to home.
Perennials like Bee Balm and Cardinal Flower Lobelia grow back every year. The native plants also require less watering. Along with adding color to your backyard, the perennials also provide a habitat for bees, hummingbirds, and other species.
Shady areas around trees and in corners come to life with native ground covers. Wild Ginger Asarum is a pretty shade plant that blankets the area with greenery. New England Asters and Biennia Guara Biennis give dark corners a pop of color.
Create a Cozy Sitting Area
The purpose of creating a backyard oasis is for you to enjoy being outside. The fresh air benefits you both spiritually and physically.
You want to create an area where you can sit and relax. It’s also nice to have a place for family and friends to gather.
There are no set rules when it comes to designing your sitting area. It’s up to your tastes and style. It is best to use furniture made from recycled or sustainable materials. It’s better for the environment, and you feel good knowing you’re doing your part.
Benches with bright colored pillows can be gathered together. Comfy chairs are another option. You also want to include a table for drinks, food, or even the latest book you’re reading. The goal is to make the area as inviting as possible.
One tip is to place the sitting area away from a grill or smoker. The smoke can drift over the seats ruining the experience.
Think About Garden Paths
Garden paths direct visitors to the seating area and help protect grass and plants from accidental trampling. Paths made from natural stone blend into the environment, and tie everything together.
Mulch and wood stepping blocks are other materials you can use to create paths throughout the yard. The material is safe for the environment, but it does degrade much faster than stone.
Plan for Outdoor Entertainment
You’ve created an outdoor environment that deserves to be enjoyed. Relaxing outside with a book and enjoying a meal with family and friends are some activities you can do in your backyard oasis.
There’s so much more you can do outside, with a little planning. If you have the space think about setting up an outdoor croquet set. It’s a fun game to play, and it’s less costly than golf.
Another fun idea is to schedule outdoor movie nights. With the right mini projector, you can watch movies in your backyard. To go with cinematic images, you also need theater-quality sound. For this, you need an AV receiver. There are plenty of models to choose from, and some are $1000 or less.
Enjoy Your Backyard
The Hudson Valley area is a beautiful place to live. Some of the most beautiful scenery in New York state is in the area.
Even though, you have gorgeous views from inside your home, don’t you want to incorporate the natural beauty into your backyard? Spending time with nature is good for the body and the soul. If you stick with native plants and an eco-friendly design, you can create your own sustainable oasis in your backyard.
Read the original article in the Hudson Valley Style Magazine >>