Firepit Landscaping Ideas

The firepit's style, landscaping and home's architecture should complement one another. Gardeners can work with hardscape and softscape materials to create an overall look and feel for firepit area. A rustic pit looks more natural in a woodland setting. A modern firepit works well in a formal landscape. Landscape should emphasize safety. Keep flammable materials a safe distance away from the firepit. Firepits are natural focal points when they are in use. You can make your firepit a pleasant addition to the landscape at all times.

Consistency

Use elements from the firepit's design on the ground. For example, on a firepit with an outer wall surrounding it, embed a vertical row of red crushed glass in fire resistant mortar, and attach it to the wall. Lay dark colored flagstones down on the ground around the firepit. Add the same crushed glass in lines between the flagstones as if radiating out from the fire. The design is attractive during the day and will catch the light of the fire at night.

Fragrance

Some flowers produce their strongest aromas in the evening hours when you are using your firepit. Moonflowers (Pomoea alba), flowering tobacco (Nicotiana) and angel's trumpet: (Datura innoxia) all will bloom each evening and through the night. Plant them near your seating area and along the path to the house to make the most of their fragrance and showy flowers.

Color

Go with color. Create a border around the fire pit area with plants and flowers in shades of red, yellow and orange, the same colors that you see in fire. Several maples exhibit yellow and red foliage in the fall, including Amur maple (Acer ginnala), crimson king maple (Acer platonides) and the paperback maple (Acer griseum). A mass planting of red, orange and yellow tulips will make a striking statement during the spring. In the summer, blanket flowers (Gaillardia) will cover the landscape with a cheerful burst of orange and yellow. For mid-level height, a collection of canna will provide fiery color and a tropical feel.

Water

Place a water feature nearby. Water features add interest during the day and at night. The sound of bubbling water is relaxing. Moving water will reflect sunlight and firelight to create interesting patterns. Incorporate similar elements within the style of the water feature as in the firepit. If your firepit has a copper basin, use copper for the water feature, as either the material for the reservoir, or part of the top display. An in-ground pond will complement a rustic firepit and mimic a campfire by a lake.

Windbreak

Use dense shrubs and trees to create windbreaks. Fire needs oxygen to burn, however strong gusts of wind will blow out the fire or increase the chance of sparks blowing where you do not want them to go. Well-placed shrubs and trees will also enhance your privacy while you are sitting by your firepit by blocking the view to and from neighboring properties.

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