How To Create Instant Summer Curb Appeal

The heat of July has hit and the garden’s summer doldrums have begin to set in.  With all the exuberance of early bloomers and the anticipation of beautiful late summer displays and fall colors, this time of the year can feel a bit of a let down comparatively.

Things are looking a bit unexciting around here, so until a few more things come into bloom I recently set out to give my garden a little curb appeal pick me up.   I am not a huge buyer of annuals but this is the perfect time to put them to good use.   If you want to make instant impact though I suggest keeping it simple — and by simple I mean pick just one color.

knockout roses at

I took inspiration from the main thing that is blooming in my garden right now….my bright red Knockout Roses and my thread-leaf japanese maple.  You may as well work with what you have so if you are trying to do the same, I recommend that you pick you color story based on something you already have.

threadleaf japanese maple at

My roses are red red as is the maple.   The idea here is give everything a little boost and bit of color here and there in a coordinated selection will go a long way towards distracting from anything else that isn’t looking quite perfect.

red geraniums in front of studio g barn

Matching my roses, I opted to fill all my containers with similarly red geraniums (these will reliably bloom all summer).  Don’t be shy about buying, I bought 15  large plants to make sure I had enough impact.  My containers are scattered around the garden everywhere so now my eye happily hops from red to red taking it all in.

vintage patio chair and geranium container near studio 'g' barn www.pithandvigor.comTo take the color scheme just one step further I also shopped for some nice accents that would add a touch more color and came up with these charming camp lanterns.  I think they are perfect hanging on the barn and in the evening they are a great addition to the overhead lights.

red lantern on barn at

So, what is blooming in your garden right now? If you were to build a curb appeal color story off of that…what color would it be?


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

Blog Comments

We have reds blooming, crepe myrtle, pennisetum and celosia, along with reds from Black Pearl peppers, Japanese maple, pomegranates and more. There are also violet blues, from the pale Australian bluebell creeper to ceratostigma plumbaginoides (distinguishing from the other plumbago more commonly grown here), Crystal Palace lobelia, and the blooms on the Black Pearl peppers which are a bit more purple. I like a third color, usually represented by California poppies but they are done now. I love your red accents. I enjoy thinking about things like this, and while I love the Black Pearl peppers, and the celosia and lobelia add nice color, I would like to add some hue of yellow for the late summer/fall season. Hmmmm…

Love that contrast of red accents against the dark brown of the house. Beautiful and eye-catching. Red is one of my favorite colors. 🙂

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