Design Outdoor Garden Rooms for All to Enjoy This Summer

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Horticulturist Melinda Myers shares strategies for creating garden rooms for relaxing or creating memories with family and friends all season long.

Define the space using outdoor rugs, furniture and tall planters or vertical gardens to serve as the walls for the garden room.

No matter the budget, space or gardening experience, it’s possible to design an attractive outdoor garden room for family and friends to enjoy.

No matter the budget, space or gardening experience, it’s possible to design an attractive outdoor garden room for family and friends to enjoy, says Melinda Myers, gardening expert and host of the "How to Grow Anything" DVD series. Myers shared these strategies for successfully planning and designing the space.

Start by gathering ideas from magazines and websites, like Gardener’s Supply Company, for examples of outdoor garden rooms.

Then select an area that is convenient and suitable for outdoor entertaining. Define the space using outdoor rugs and furniture or tall planters to serve as the walls for the garden room. A bistro set and a couple of chairs makes for an intimate space on a balcony. Those with more room may want to include an outdoor wicker and teak dining set. Fill the planters with ornamental grasses, papyrus, cannas and other flowering plants to create a living screen.

Add a splash of color and flavor to the space by growing herbs and vegetables combined with flowers in these and additional planters. Include ingredients for some favorite drinks, appetizers and meals. Guests will enjoy plucking a few mint leaves for their iced tea or mojito, harvesting fresh greens from a Salad Garden Bar and dressing up the meal with a few pesticide-free edible flowers like nasturtiums, calendula and daylilies.

Busy gardeners and those that travel may want to try self-watering pots. These containers have built-in water reservoirs to provide a constant flow of water to the plants. This means watering less often, while still enjoying healthy and productive plants.

Add some height and focal points with topiaries. Purchase a sculpted evergreen or train vines up a twist topiary frame to create a bit of living art. And don’t forget to add some garden art and statuary.

Extend the enjoyment with outdoor lighting. A few votive candles in old punch cups are perfect for intimate gatherings in small spaces. Add a bit more illumination with the help of solar illuminated planters, solar deck lights, post caps, and solar cubes and spheres. No buried electric lines or extension cords needed. Use these lights to lead guests down a path to another garden space or brighten the garden room for an evening of fun and celebration.

So get busy planning and creating a garden room that was once only a dream. After getting started, it’s hard not to find more opportunities for developing a quiet getaway, outdoor kitchen or other ways to enhance and enjoy the landscape.

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