Yard and Garden Decor

Backyards and front yards are not what they used to be when I was growing up. No water fountains, gnomes, or wind chimes. Back then, they mostly consisted of grass, my brothers had to mow every Saturday morning or a tree or two, like a pine tree that wasn’t meant to planted in the small front yard. Some trees grew so fast and huge that over the years, we had to hire a tree company for their removal. The houses did have some unappealing contrast… it would have a small plain concrete patio out the back door and a smaller one out the front door. Other than an occasional birthday party in the backyard where we would play pin the tail on the donkey or bobbing for apples, I really can’t remember using it much.

Neighborhoods were different, there seemed to be kids playing everywhere, we would mostly play outside in the streets, ride our bikes or play flay football in the streets, I remember, we would have a “car look-out person” that would yell “Car”! every time one was coming. Our great hop scotch tournaments on the sidewalk, four square games in the street, boy did we get a lot of use of the chalk!! We would play hide and go seek games at night until our moms would come out to yell “it’s was getting to late come in the house”. Maybe, it’s where I grow up in a new middle class suburban development of San Diego or the time, the 70’s. Maybe, no one could afford a water fountain or wind chime or anything more or maybe no one really cared much about the landscaping or the appeal of a water fountain. But what I am sure of, is things have really changed when it comes to landscaping.

Today, like we decorate our homes interior to reflect our unique and personal taste, we now add water fountains, gnomes and wind chimes to reflect our unique taste to our yards and gardens. We express ourselves though our landscaping. Now we use water fountains, wind chimes and gnomes to accentuate our artistic side. Weather you prefer water fountains or maybe a backyard pond, your creations, add harmony and soothing sounds and relaxing sights. Maybe its a tropical theme or a creative rock scape you desire. Some people, love built in barbecues or fire pits so at night you can create that bonfire feeling with our family and friends or to use it for roasting wieners or marshmallows right in our own backyard! And the concrete patios?, well with all the beautiful paves and stamped concrete in many colors we no longer settle with that plain gray look. Some yards have outdoor kitchens and gazebos complete with all the amenities of an indoor kitchen. Retaining walls made out of so many different materials as well as a raised flower beds creates dimension. Our yards, spotted with water fountains, gnomes and occasional wind chimes or hammock have become our sanctuary, our personal place to escape and relax.

There are so many great items to put in the yard or garden to express our personal side like garden stakes, once you have one you’ll want more. They are a fun and an inexpensive way to add color, excitement and art to your yard. With their witty and winsome charm, cute garden gnomes are a great way to welcome a visitors. I like wind chimes a lot but one of my favorite things to hang from a tree branch or nail to a fence post are birdhouses. They come in so many designs and are a fun way to help lodge several birds and also offer shelter to our feather friends, but lets not forget bird feeders, you won’t believe how many birds are in your area until you hang one up! There’s also stylish pots in all shapes and sizes to show off your flowers and plants, solar garden lights create a stunning ambiance that allows us to enjoy the beauty of our gardens anytime and saves on the electric bill. Hanging up a hammock or hammock swing is not only a great way to enhance your yard but it will release stress and swing away your daily worries while a wind chime provides soothing sounds.