Create an inviting and attractive lawn and garden space using a few simple "ingredients". Stones placed in your garden and along the yard create an inviting path. Use the path to lead you to a sweet smelling herb garden full of your favorite spices. For a bold focal point in your lawn and garden spaces, install a garden trellis. Use this shady structure for outdoor entertaining.
Enhance your garden and lawn by installing a trellis. This structure can provide privacy and become a good area for planting herbs and flowers. Use a wood trellis in your garden for growing creeping vines. Plant the creeping vine in a larger planter. Train the creeper to grow up over the trellis, creating a lush and exotic wall. Another idea is to use outdoor fabric to cover the trellis.
Garden gates can also create a makeshift trellis. Use vines to cover the gate in your lawn. For attached gates plant colorful plants and flowers on either side of the gate for an inviting and cozy entry. If you own an old gate that can be moved around the lawn and garden, use it in your landscape as a place for growing plants while creating an interesting backdrop to your garden.
Use the lawn as the backdrop for a sweetly scented herb garden. Plant purple basil and curly parsley in the back of the bed, to add height and color. Use medium to small sized herbs like cilantro, oregano and English thyme scattered in the middle and front of the bed. Always plant herbs in full sun, and water frequently for a properly established bed. Place a layer of mulch around the garden bed, especially in the hot summer months, to help retain moisture.
Create a pathway using flagstone to lead to your garden and other outdoor lawn spaces. Lay the stones every 1 to 2 feet to create an inviting pathway to stroll down. In between the each flagstone, plant an attractive ground cover. Creeping thyme or blue star creeper will provide colorful contrast to the neutral colors found in slate. Down the pathway, add colorful plants and flowers as a border to the path.
Nestle a fire pit on your lawn and surround it with chairs to create an inviting spot to enjoy with family and friends. Design and build your own fire pit by using stones. Clear out an area in your lawn and lay the stones in a circular pattern. You won't need bonding compound because over time the stones will settle into the space for a tight fit. In the fall and winter months, enjoy your backyard by sitting around the fire pit with a warm cup of tea.