Summer is a great time to freshen up your garden. The warm weather makes it easy for seeds to take root and sprout and encourages blooming greenery to bloom big and bright. Fruit trees flower in preparation to bear fruit and the grass grows long and tall.
With all the raw materials and resources in place, all that is left is to add in your time and creativity. With these 8 DIY summer garden ideas in hand, you may discover this summer is the best yet for creating the garden of your dreams!
Idea #1: Rummage and repurpose.
Do you have an old chair or wagon you don’t need but also don’t want to throw out?
With a little paint or stain, that unused chair can become a great stage to showcase lovely blooming potted plants. The same holds true for that vintage wagon that brings back such fond memories. You can fill it full of potted plants or add topsoil directly into the wagon bed and grow a sweet scented herb garden.
Idea #2: Summer is the season for succulents.
Succulents love hot, sunny weather! And unlike many green things, they can flourish with very little watering. This makes summer the perfect season to create your own succulent garden.
Succulents range in size from teensy greens that can fit into your open palm to giant living sculptures that can command a full lawn’s attention. But here, keep in mind that many succulents also have spiky exteriors, so plan the location to avoid contact with pets and small children.
Idea #3: Give micro-farming a try.
Micro-farming is fast taking root in crowded urban areas where open green spaces come at a premium. All you need to bring the great outdoors inside is a bit of soil and a handful of seeds.
One great way to begin micro-farming is to grow a windowsill herb garden. You can use an old egg carton as a seed-starter or buy already-sprouted herbs you line up inside an old shoe box.
Idea #4: Create a living playground.
If there is one golden rule of backyard spaces, it is this: everyone must learn to share and share alike. With this being said, why not build playtime right into your summer garden?
Whether you cut your lawn into hopscotch squares, dig small holes in hidden alcoves as a mini-golf course or paint a chess board on an abandoned tree stump, gardens that encourage play and joy tend to stay and grow!
Idea #5: If you can’t plant out, plant up.
Whether you live in a space-precious community or you simple want more green at eye level, summer is a great time to create a “living wall” inside your home or erect a backyard trellis for flowering vines.
If you choose to take your garden indoors, a warm, damp area like the bathroom often provides the perfect environment for a living wall. Outside, you can often get good results in short order by erecting trellises and anchoring the young plants so they have some extra support as they grow upwards.
Idea #6: Hang out the avian welcome sign.
Many bird species begin nesting in springtime and continue on into summer. Some species may lay several clutches of eggs before the cooler fall weather arrives.
You can add variety, color and life to your garden by erecting bird houses to make it bird-friendly. Whether you affix them to the side of your house, hang them from trees or dig a hole for a freestanding pole bird house, just be careful that the placement is good for the birds but not for squirrels, cats or other natural predators.
If bird houses don’t work in your space, add bird feeders and bird baths instead. By offering refreshments, you can enjoy a steady stream of avian visitors!
Idea #7: Bring in the butterflies.
By planting certain types of greenery, you are much more likely to attract butterflies to your garden. A butterfly garden should be placed in a sunny area with an assortment of sweet-smelling, nectar-producing flowering plants.
For best results, research the butterflies that live in your area and the plants they like best.
Idea #8: Grow your salad and eat it too.
If you are craving organic produce, summer is the perfect season to grow your own organic salad. You can use a ready-made planter box or make your own. Plant a selection of tasty lettuces and other leafy greens to harvest at will.
These 8 DIY summer garden ideas represent just a handful of the many creative ways you can bring new life to your garden space and create fun for the whole family!