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Do your lawn and garden look just like all the rest on your street? Give your outdoor living space a personal touch with one of these decorating ideas.
- Build a swing arbor and cover it with ivy or another vine. If you don't have a swing, build the arbor and put a bench underneath it.
- Place large potted plants in groups to highlight certain areas of the yard. The container plants can be moved around when the urge hits you to make a change, and there are a variety of decorative planters available. Or you could build your own.
- Make a garden storage box to hold your tools.
- Make a focal point of a Victorian gazing ball surrounded by a collection of leafy greenery or an interesting formation of decorative rocks. Legend has it that a gazing ball keeps evil spirits away from your house by frightening them with their own reflection. The reflection also brings dimension to the view of your lawn, flowers and plants. For an added decorative touch, hide a little statue among the leaves so its reflection is visible.
- Grow a garden teepee and cover it with a flowering vine - or a summer vegetable staple such as beans or peas. Your children will have a hide-out for a clubhouse, and you'll have a garden accent that's productive.
- Choose one or two colors and use them throughout your garden. Use decorative edging to define separate planting beds of a single color each, or mix the two colors in every growing area. Highlight beds with low-voltage decorative lighting.
- Install a water garden or a fountain. Use torches and lanterns to illuminate the area around the water feature so you can enjoy it at night.
- Create topiaries to serve as accent pieces for your garden, deck or patio.
- Install a decorative sundial in an area that receives full sunlight.
- Lay a walkway of stepping stones or flagstones. Make a straight path or one that meanders through the lawn and the garden.
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