Although many people enjoy decorating for the holidays, making their home the focal point of the neighborhood during the holiday season takes a little more time and effort. To really wow your family, friends, neighbors, and guests, you’ll need to take your holiday décor to the next level. Instead of only including temporary décor for the holiday season, think about adding permanent landscaping features that not only make a statement during the holidays, but all year long. Below is a list of some permanent and temporary landscape features and landscape lighting ideas that can make your home the envy of the neighborhood now and throughout the year!
Permanent Landscape Features
Fire Pit Ideas to Create an Outdoor Meeting Space:
Installing a permanent or portable fire pit is a wonderful way to create a welcoming atmosphere for family, friends, and neighbors. This outdoor meeting area is great for family gatherings and hosting friends' and neighbors. A warm, inviting fire pit can make a perfect year-round entertaining spot. Add some comfortable seating, a few fluffy pillows and blankets, and you have yourself a cozy setting that will be hard to resist. Gather family and friends to sing holiday carols and share favorite holiday traditions.
Your outdoor fire pit can be permanent (using stone or brick), or if you prefer to move it around, there are a variety of options to choose to fit your taste and style. If you choose to install a permeant structure, you can choose between a gas, or a more traditional wood burning option.
Conifers typically include a variety of different plants that keep their leaves and color throughout the entire year. So, regardless of temperature, you can trust these plants to continue looking lush and beautiful all year long. Many produce pinecones, which can add an attractive seasonal feature to your property. It is important to note that some conifers do shed throughout the season, which may require some maintenance. Although most homeowners agree – the benefits and visual appeal they add to their property far outweighs any additional maintenance that may be needed.
Consider adding winter blooms like, Pieris Japonica, Honeywort, Kaffir Lilies, Sweet Alyssum, Camellias, and Hellebores thrive in the winter. Many of these colorful plants can be placed directly in your flowerbeds or in winter porch pots to bring life to your winter landscape. Adding winter bloom plants can really make your home stand out on those cold, wintery days.
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Temporary Landscape Features
Winter Porch Pots with Evergreens:
Did you know that not all evergreens are large trees or bushes? There are many varieties that can be planted in porch pots. Planting evergreens in colorful, winter porch pots can create a stark contrast that helps set your home apart during the holiday and beyond. Consider planting some evergreens in porch pots with candy can pathway lights, to create an atmosphere that is both festive and elegant.
Wreaths and Garland (lit or unlit):
Both wreathes and/or garland add a seasonal touch to your outdoor decor. A beautiful wreath placed on your front door or windows creates an inviting holiday atmosphere. Garland wrapped around stair railings, an outdoor lamppost or mailbox also helps create a holiday feel. Adding a string or two of color or white lights is a nice finishing touch.
Lighting up your trees during the holidays is a wonderful way to create a festive holiday atmosphere. Even if you live in a southern, warmer climate, some palm tree Christmas lights can do wonders for your holiday décor. In fact, lighting your trees will help create an elegant look for your landscaping no matter what month of the year. Tree lights can be placed on about any type of tree. Whether you choose multi or single-color lights, you can’t go wrong lighting your trees up for the holidays.
Lights on Pathways:
Lighting the pathways leading up to your home creates a ”welcome to our home” atmosphere that can be fun, inviting, and elegant. When it comes to pathway lighting, you wide variety of option to choose from. Everything from fun and festive to elegant and understated can be used to Illuminate the walkways around your home. Remember those porch pots from earlier? Lining your pathways with winter porch pots and select plants, can create an awesome display that will have your neighbors asking, “where did you get that idea?”
Call in the Pros
Creating your holiday landscape is a fun activity the whole family can get involved in. And whether you add permanent or seasonal features to your landscaping you may need help to get it all done. If you’re looking to go BIG with your holiday, but don’t have the time to do it all yourself, let The Grounds Guys help. We have the experience and expertise to help you create the perfect holiday landscape. To learn more about our services and how we can help, contact us online today!