As we shift into summer, our minds naturally turn to outdoor entertaining. Family gatherings, barbecues and happy hours with neighbors are perfect occasions for your landscape to shine.
In addition to being a pretty accent, plants can set the mood and help your guests relax or feel like they’re in the tropics or a natural oasis. Just make sure to avoid distractions and hazards.
Do’s and Don’ts for Selecting Party Plants:
- Do create a mood with plant colors. Hot colors like strong reds, vibrant oranges and sizzling yellows create energy, while cool colors like purples and blues soothe and relax.
- Don’t use plants that attract bees in close quarters. Mint, salvia, larkspur, columbine and snapdragons are all favorites of the bees, so use them sparingly or in other areas of your garden.
- Do choose plants with soft textures such as ornamental grasses, groundcovers, flowering perennials and colorful annuals.
- Don’t use sharp and spiky plants like yuccas and agaves close to where guests are sitting or walking.
- Do add scented plants like rosemary, roses, lemon thyme and lavender for subtle aromatherapy.
- Don’t use plants with unpleasant or competing scents. A little goes a long way.
Spend time sitting, eating and relaxing in your garden before planning an event or gathering. Pay attention to what bothers you and what delights you regarding your garden’s plants. Address any issues ahead of time.