5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BACKYARD MORE ENJOYABLE by Brian Jacobs | June 19, 2018 If you live in Annapolis, many make it a priority to improve their exterior entertaining space when summer hits. With a few little changes each season, as suggested below, your backyard is sure to appeal more to your arriving guests all year long. Frugal Columbus Mom Landscape First and foremost, it’s important to set the stage with fresh sod, greenery, and flowers. A garden with a purpose, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, can give back for years to come. A great tip is to plant in masses. Plant large sections of the same palette to create belts of color. The end result will make a bigger impact. Becki Owens Add Comfort Hang a hammock, display pillows, order a new umbrella, and matching cushions. Drape blankets to welcome guests and make them feel at home as soon as they sit down. New patio furniture you can lay back in, leads to meaningful discussions and story telling for years to come. Mark’s Veg Plot Build an Herb or Vegetable Garden If you have kids, what better way to teach them about the environment, than having them lend a hand with watering and pruning of your very own garden? Plant herbs and vegetables you know you will use all summer and even into the fall, like parsley, dill, thyme, basil and mint. Plan your outdoor meals around what’s fresh and blooming in the planters. Rose Courcier Al Fresco Dining String lights and create an intimate gathering lounge for family and friends to enjoy meals together. Go green and instead of disposable plates and cups, try lightweight, reusable tableware with the same look. This will help cut the waste as well as take your party to the next level. Cut flowers from your actual garden for centerpieces and then bring them indoors after the gathering. Apartment Therapy Install a Fire Pit Some of the best nights to sit outdoors with company are in the early fall months. The last investment on the list is introducing a stationary or portable fire pit for all to gather around. As the cool air is introduced, this is a way to keep the heat going. It brings in another focal point for guests to look at, as well as a romantic touch to the outdoor space. Try roasting s’mores for kids and adults, adding a playful end to the evening for everyone.