One of the joys of summer is spending time in nature and enjoying everything the season has to offer. If you're one of the lucky ones and have a private yard or patio, it's the perfect time to take advantage of the warm weather. Even the smallest outdoor space can be transformed into relaxing oasis to kick back, relax and recharge after a busy day. It's the place where you'll have coffee with your S.O. on Sunday morning, chill with a good book on a hot afternoon, and where you'll entertain friends with an al fresco dinner, complete with soft lighting and maybe even some s'mores at the end of the night (roasted in your handy portable fire pit, of course).
Most outdoor spaces, unless completely surrounded by trees and leafy shrubs, are going to need a little bit of extra work to make them feel as magical as we would like them to be. While the concept of planting and caring for green things can strike fear in the hearts of city dwellers or inexperienced gardeners, it's really not so hard if you have the right gear on hand. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration! Swap out old plastic pots from the hardware store for something with a little more personality, and take a trip to your local plant nursery to explore all the options. Don't be afraid to ask questions so you'll make sure to get the best plants for your climate, amount of sun, and lifestyle. Start small—maybe it's just a succulent planter for a centerpiece or a small herb garden in sunny patch of your deck. Once you've got the basics down, you'll be ready to hang (and entertain in style) in your garden oasis.
Whether you have a tiny patio or an expansive backyard with tons of space, here are some home garden essentials you'll want to have on hand.
Liv Footed Planter
This earthenware pot is ideal for medium-sized plants and lends a handmade, yet modern look to an outdoor space.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $34
Yield Spun Planter and Wall Mount
This sleek planter comes in either copper or aluminum (they're handmade from one single sheet of metal). Display on a table or mount it with a simple birchwood ring that attaches seamlessly to the wall.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $110-$148
Heritage Garden Hose
Swap out your old, blah-looking gardening hose for one of these colorful ones (choose from six different hues). Rust-proof hardware and toxin-free materials makes it safe enough to drink from, which makes it perfect for thirsty pets.
SHOP NOW: Terrain, $59-$98
Liberty Gardens Hose Pot
If you want to keep your hose tucked away (or at least kept neat and tidy instead of in a tangled heap in the corner), this roomy metal pot is a perfect solution.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $129.04
Floral Gardening Gloves
You'll want to keep your mani protected with these bright and cheerful gloves, which are made of a sturdy cotton that will hold up over time.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $24
Achla Designs Brass Watering Can
You'll definitely want a watering can for smaller pots and hanging plants. This brass version has a vintage feel, but a sturdy construction that will last forever.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $44.96
Earthenware Large Planter
Display succulents or other low profile plants in this round, shallow planter, which is perfect as a centerpiece on your outdoor table.
SHOP NOW: The White Company, $55
Brass Planter with Stand
This modern planter comes with a removable stand. Cluster several different heights together to create a tableau of varied shaped and sizes on a table or bench.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $14.99
Smith and Hawken Plant Marker Set
If you're planting herbs, it's nice to have a few pretty signs to remember where you placed each one. This rust-resistant set includes markers for rosemary, basil, chives, and parsley.
SHOP NOW: Target, $14.99
Sneeboer Trowel and Fork Gift Set
A good trowel and fork are backyard garden essentials. This gorgeous duo is handcrafted in Holland out of ash hardwood and stainless steel.
SHOP NOW: Terrain, $118
Veradeck Rectangular Steel Planter Box
This long box is perfect for planting rows of herbs or tender greens like lettuce and spinach (and then pick your own salad!).
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $108.99