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Decorating Your Patio for Spring

Install Fire Pits, Exterior Lighting, and Landscaping

© 2012 by Alyssa Davis; All rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

An outdoor patio fireplace, photo courtesy Alyssa Davis

Spring has sprung and there is no time like the present to think about decorating your patio to get ready for the warm days ahead, providing a nice backdrop for the springtime entertaining that you want to do.

Some folks look at the beginning of spring as a chance to shake things up a bit and make some changes.

If you don’t get the most enjoyment out of your patio, maybe it is time to take a look at what you can do to make the area as enjoyable as possible in the warmer months stretching out before us.

Getting an Early Start on Spring

Although spring is here, that doesn’t mean that Mother Nature will cooperate or will always agree! A fire pit, chiminea, or patio stove can be a welcome addition that will allow you to extend your evening entertainment, even when it is still a bit chilly.

You will find these types of pits or stoves available in many sizes and styles, including those that are rudimentarily designed on up to more technologically advanced models.

The one that you choose should be based on the amount of space that you are looking to heat. A small unit will likely warm an area of around ten feet in diameter, while a larger unit will obviously warm a larger area.

Check the specification of the heater that interests you prior to purchase. As an added bonus, your fire pit or patio stove can be used in the fall of the year, too, to take the chill off the evening air.

This will obviously extend your patio entertaining season and your enjoyment. You can keep an eye on the time and the temperature on the patio by installing a modern metal wall clock that also functions as a thermometer.

Lighting for the Patio

Even though the days of summer are longer, you will still want to have adequate lighting for the patio. Hurricane lamps, patio string lights, and table lanterns are some excellent choices for keeping your patio area well lit.

You may, in fact, wish to use several different lighting options or match the light level to the event you are hosting.

For example, for a pool party that is expected to run into the night, you might find that fun string lights are a good option while you might want the soft glow of a hurricane light for a dinner served al fresco under the stars.

More Decorative Touches

Now is the time to fill up your patio planters with beautiful plants that will last the entire summer long. Some violas and pansies are good choices, as are any plant that gives a tropical feel, like an elephant’s ear or other lush greenery.

Now is also a good time to bring your indoor house plants outside if you wish to (be sure that the last frost is over first).

Good candidates to winter inside and summer outside are spider plants, pineapple plants, and yucca cane trees. A plethora of plants along with a summer-themed wrought iron wall art under your covered patio can really create a seasonal look that you’ll love well into August and beyond.

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Alyssa Davis, writes exclusively for, and specifically about designing with horse wall hangings and iron art.

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