Spring has finally arrived. The supermarkets & garden centers are stocked with colorful flowers, and the time to get your yard ready for summer entertaining is here! But, sometimes starting with a blank slate and trying to turn it into an amazing space can be difficult. I’ve teamed up with design expert Debra Williams to show you how to get your hot tub & patio area looking amazing for under $300.
With all of the patio furniture safely tucked away for the Washington winter, we started with a space that was lacking color and the “sit down and relax” feel a patio should have.
Where to Begin
Whether your hot tub is outdoors or in an indoor sun-room, flowers are a perfect starting point for sprucing up your space. “Texture is a major contributor to visual appeal.” says Debra Williams. “Selecting textured flower pots are a great way to achieve this.”
Since we were working with green patio furniture, we selected a nicely textured green pot and combined it with a few other fun colors.
Potting Plants the Right Way
Drainage is very important when it comes to potting plants. Without good drainage the roots will rot and the plant will die. We recommend placing a few handfuls of rocks at the bottom of your pot before adding dirt, this will help excess water escape and keep your plants happy and healthy.
Whether planting in a pot or straight into the ground, remember to break up the roots a bit before inserting the plant into the soil. This will help the plant establish a strong root system in its new home. For the best look, choose tall varieties for the middle and place shorter or trailing plants around the edges.
Decorating on a Dime
Flea markets & thrift stores are a fabulous source for inexpensive vintage or rustic patio decorations. If you’re on a budget like me, this is the best (& most fun) option.
Your patio looks fabulous during the day but what happens when the sun goes down? It’s important to give as much thought to your outdoor lighting as you do to the décor.
There are many lighting options out there, including some really extravagant light strands. We chose simple white outdoor lights because they are elegant, inexpensive and work well with every style.
With summer fast approaching, an outdoor space can quickly become your family’s favorite spot!
Have questions or other tips about decorating your outdoor space? Post a comment below!
Patio decoration is not my job it became my passion . I love this lot to make a wonderful patio or outdoor decoration work . Above help is really appreciable.
Have just purchased a new hot tub and almost ready for enjoying it. I want to plant flowers both in ground and in big pots around tub area. What are the best plants to buy so that I don”t attract flying pests like mosquitos, bees, nats ect…
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Hi John, Great question and congratulations on your new spa! There are some great plants you could place around your hot tub that will actually help keep pests away. Marigolds, Citronella Grass, Ageratum, Rosemary and Basil are all good options to keep those pesky bugs from bothering you in your spa! I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any further questions! Thanks, Bonni The Spa Depot
I like your Spring Patio Decorating ideas. Very creative. It gives elegant look to our home.
I like that you mentioned outdoor lights working well with every style. I have been decorating my patio, and I want light so you can still see the water fountain in the dark. I didn’t know what lights to choose. I can see now that white lights work with many different styles.
My wife and I just built a new patio and have been looking for ways to decorate it for the summer. I like that you wrapped Christmas lights around the pillars outside to add some light for the evenings. I’m glad that outdoor lights are so inexpensive like you mentioned because we plan on using a lot. Thanks for sharing!