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One of the benefits of mature age is we have more time to work on our outdoor spaces (if we’re not working full-time). It’s also easier because our bodies don’t move as quickly as they did when we were younger.
That being said, it can be daunting to figure out how to come up with some great landscaping designs that anyone over 50 years old could handle, and not get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the project. A great place to start would be looking at what exists in terms of vegetation and structures currently in your backyard.
You might be surprised how different your tiny garden looks compared to a neighbor’s large yard. Then, try to picture how things could be enhanced through some creative landscaping (here are a few ideas for you…
You can easily begin by creating more balance and interest in your space [such as the one example above]. But also consider making your space bigger with a wall of greenery (with or without planting trees). Or, if you’re familiar with gardening, maybe you’re able to already do this! Whatever you decide, it’s important in the end that the garden makes sense and is a natural part of the house.
Here are some of our favorite mature age gardening ideas:
Build a Wall Of Green
Your mansion or garden often has a “front door,” and that’s your porch. If you have a nice front porch but want to make it more comfortable, consider building a wall of greenery and creating an environment that feels more private (see above). It doesn’t have to be so large that you can’t see the next-door neighbors. Think about how it can complement the rest of the garden (but not make it look like you’ve combined them!) [PICTURE FROM A DIFFERENT VIEW]
Again, a nice porch is often the “front door” to your house. What a great place to provide a little extra ambiance, draw people’s attention and make them want to linger for a while. No, it doesn’t have to be anything like the one above, though that’s certainly beautiful. Sometimes all it takes is putting in a birdbath and some plants [which are needed by birds anyway]. Of course, you’ll need to remember that birds bathe and do other things with their water…so try not to put in something permanent (such as cement). You can even add some stepping stones or rocks from your garden soil. Just be creative and have fun!
Need An Outdoor Lounging Area? Add A Covered Pergola, Deck, Gazebo, Or Porch Swing.
We realize that these outdoor spaces are quite lovely and not necessarily desirable by everyone. But for others, it’s a great spot to sit and relax after a long day (while enjoying a beautiful view). You might already have a small deck or pergola from when you had a family and used it on Sunday afternoons. Now that it’s just you, you can still put it to good use!
By adding some comfortable chairs under the pergola or porch swing, you can easily transform the space into a relaxing area to unwind. Add a small table (or side table) with flowers, candles and any other decorative elements that fit your personality. Don’t forget to think about who else lives with you or will be visiting…their needs will vary depending on the activity.
TIP: If it’s only one person who will be spending time there, consider putting in some taller plants to give yourself more privacy.
TIP: We wrote a blog post about porch swings and how to make them more comfortable.
Create A Kindling Wood Burning Fireplace.
We know that there are a lot of fireplaces in the U.S. But if you’re interested in starting one, we do have suggestions that will help you get started. If you already have plans to build one, consider installing it on your porch (or patio) [where most people spend time]. It can be as simple as a short and sturdy bench with some seating where you can sit facing the fireplace (if it’s big enough).
If you want to read more about this, click here.
Create A Green Space To Relax On [Even If It’s A Bit Smaller Than Your Backyard].
It can seem silly to own a section of grass that isn’t even the size of your backyard, but there are a lot of people who love the idea (and are willing to spend a bit extra on it). By creating a small area somewhere in your home or yard, you can have a place to sit outside when it’s warm enough. Or if you live in an apartment or condo, you might be able to find space where there isn’t much upkeep required.
You could even just have a small garden space that is convenient for you to maintain. It doesn’t have to be a whole new lawn or garden area if you don’t want it to be. You could just add some nice potted plants or hanging plants, and build some shelving units to hold your books, drinks, etc. What’s important is that you are able to disconnect from the world for awhile and read a book on the porch swing…or just relax after a long day at work.
Don’t Forget To Add Some Outdoor Lighting.
If you’re working with a small space, chances are that the lighting won’t be as good as your backyard. Even if you have a porch with a roof, in an urban environment it might be hard to see the landscaping or sitting area in the dark. If you want to read or work there at night (or even play cards), you’ll need some lighting…and this time we don’t mean candles! It’s important that outdoor lighting isn’t too bright (so it doesn’t disturb your neighbors) but still provides enough light so that you can enjoy yourself and keep safe.
We suggest using LED lights that won’t disturb your neighbors or attract bugs or mosquitoes. You might also like to consider solar lighting for the same reasons.
Protect Your Outdoor Furniture From The Elements.
This is an obvious one but something we would be remiss to not mention. If you have a patio area, it’s important to protect your outdoor furniture from both the elements and passersby (it also helps prevent theft). There are a lot of ways you can do this, including building a small fence with just a few pieces of wood or even just creating a barrier with potted plants. You could even use wrought iron fencing if you want a more luxurious look (it’s more expensive but worth considering).
Landscaping Ideas And Designs – Final Thoughts
Once you passed the age of 50 doing work out in your yard or garden is a great way to get some mild exercise as well as spruce up your yard.
I see many of my friends that have passed 50 years old have now gotten more into it and truly enjoy it.
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I hope you found this article helpful. Please share any landscaping ideas you have done and loved in the comment box below. I’d love to hear them.