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.