June is here and it’s time to get outdoors plant your annuals, barbeque on that new grill or host a patio party. But if your outdoor area isn't pleasing to look at, now is the time to get it in shape. Here are a few trends you'll want to focus on to give you the best value and punch to your outdoor space.

Indoor/outdoor living 

Outdoor living isn't just about being outside its about bringing the inside out.Today's best trend is that seamless transition from indoors to your outdoor patio deck or backyard space. You can find the best outdoor furniture, home décor, ottomans throw pillows made for outside use but have the look of an interior space and all at a reasonable price. Your backyard, porch or patio area has become an extension of your home and deserves the same attention. Add that fire pit area for evening conversations. You will love reading and sipping that iced tea or having morning coffee or entertaining family and friends.

Think about extending the time outdoors with a patio cover

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Patio covers whether it is a sail shade, sun shade, trellis, or Arbor pergola or gazebo all are an extension of the house and are more popular than ever. Although sun, sail or umbrella offers a less expensive option, look for an umbrella with enough coverage and a cantilever so you can move it around as the sun moves across the sky. The outdoor space allows you to combine the many architectural elements and details that you already have and love in your home. This trend is showing no signs of slowing and having a covered area for lounging or dining can be a valuable addition to your home. 

If thinking a roof extension patio  the sky’s the limit here  a more costly approach but has many more available  features that can be added a grilling and kitchen area, fireplace  smart flat screen a dining and lounge area, heating and fans and misters.

Let’s talk lighting

Lighting is becoming an important element to your outdoor space ... Whether it's illuminating key architectural areas or landscaping accents, adding a level of security or safety, or providing ambience for entertaining patio and porch area, outdoor lighting is on the top of the list. There are so many options here. Reading lamps for outdoor covered spaces, eco-friendly LED,  solar powered lighting easy and affordable and can be moved around as well.

Low-maintenance plantings 

You're getting ready to plant lets think about those Low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants a sustainable design that will provide both an economic and environmental reasons. This definitely will give you more time to enjoy your new outside space that is rapidly becoming the norm in landscape design and outdoor space of homes.

Edible garden including those wonderful herbs

Another hot trend in today's garden is farm to table type gardening  whether you have space or just want  container gardening for cherry tomatoes ,basil ,rosemary, mint sage tarragon oregano  and other herbs. What could be better than Creating that favorite summer recipe, salad or pasta dish and going to the yard to pick the freshest herbs. YUM and enjoy your outdoor space.

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