Whether you’ve placed your manufactured home on your own land, or rented a lot or a home in a manufactured home community, there are endless outdoor decorating ideas you can opt for to turn your surroundings into a beautiful yet budget-friendly garden.
If you’re new to gardening and have no idea where to begin, here are five outdoor decorating tips to breathe new life into your outdoor space.
Tip #1: Pick the right plants and flowers.
According to the specialists from IFAS, the type of garden you want isn’t the only aspect to take into account when selecting plants for your garden; you should also consider the climate and sun/shade patterns.
While a sunny outdoor space with lush ornamental grass, “mossy” plants and low-growing flowers, such as small daisies, purslane, coleus and lilies, is ideal for northern regions blessed with a temperate climate, a garden embellished with small flowering trees, shrubs and leafy plants like ferns and bougainvillea is more appropriate for southeastern locations. That’s because tall or large plants provide plenty of shade, allowing manufactured home dwellers to keep their homes cooler in summer.
In south-west locations, cactus and flowering plants like vincas are excellent choices to add beauty and character to any property.
Tip #2: If you have a small space, use it effectively.
Transforming a tiny outdoor space into a “pocket” paradise can be a challenge for any manufactured homeowner. However, you can find a few practical outdoor decorating tips to maximize every square foot.
For instance, selecting plants of varying heights can deliver a much fuller mass and add more visual interest to any space. To make the perimeter cohesive, you should place the short plants in the front and the taller ones behind. Also, make sure that the plants you intend to use will create a smooth gradation of heights.
Tip #3: Complement your great outdoors with beautiful flowering walls.
Garden trellises are some great features that can be used to divide outdoor spaces and get privacy, while adding texture, depth and color to the front of a home.
Whatever type of trellis you want to use, make sure you keep to a theme. As an example, a wooden trellis would complement terra-cotta pots much better than one made of metal or vinyl.
Tip #4: Plan for color, contrast and fragrance.
When it comes to a flower garden, color, contrast and fragrance are equally important. Aside from spectacular blooms, therefore, a beautiful garden should boast a soothing scent along with foliage rich in colors, shapes and textures.
One of the best outdoor decorating tips for filling your outdoor space with pleasant scents and creating an interesting visual effect is to mix different foliage plants with certain trees, shrubs and flowers, such as dwarf orange trees, jasmine, hydrangeas, gardenias and geraniums.
Tip #5: Add a few stunning features to your surroundings.
In addition to plants, shrubs and trees, placing a few landscape rocks, decorative pebbles, garden lanterns, solar lights and even a water feature like a small pond is an excellent idea to make your surroundings more interesting and unique, day and night.
One last tip: Don’t worry about perfection. The most beautiful garden isn’t overly manicured, but dynamic and colorful. These two elements are the ones that can take any manufactured home from dull and boring to appealing and welcoming.