Colorful Garden Ideas

Colorful garden.

Adding Color to Your Outdoor Garden Spaces

Spending time outdoors is essential for your health and happiness. With a vibrant landscape, you’ll look forward to getting outside. A colorful garden is a great way to impress guests and wow neighbors, making your home the place to be when the weather warms up.

If you want to see more than greenery when you step outside, Miles Kimball can help. We’ve come up with the five best ways to add color to outdoor spaces and we also offer lots of affordable outdoor décor items so you can bring your vision to life. You’ll be able to infuse your landscape with every color of the rainbow, while remaining on a budget, with our unique finds.

1) Flowering Plants and Colorful Pots

Begin your journey to a colorful landscape by keeping things natural. Beautiful flowers and plants come in every imaginable color. With the right seeds, roll-out flower mats or bare-root plants, you can cultivate small pops of color or a sweeping outdoor art scene. Planting your flowers in brightly colored pots is another way to create a dynamic outdoor space. If you don’t have the gardening skills to tend to real flowers or if you want year-round blooms, artificial planters and hanging baskets will also enliven your yard.

Colorful garden chairs.

2) Colorful Garden Outdoor Furniture

You’ll need a place to sit if you want to relax outside, so you might as well make your seating area a focal point of the outdoor space. Instead of another bland, tan armchair or white lounger, get furniture that’s blue, yellow or orange. Adding simple cushions to your current outdoor chairs or setting the patio table with a printed vinyl outdoor tablecloth can make a big difference visually. When the weather gets cold or rainy, some striped outdoor furniture covers will continue to distinguish your tables and chairs.

3) Colorful Garden Wind Spinners and Yard Décor

Metal wind spinners are an underrated way to make landscapes livelier. Their colorful designs are even more vibrant when the wind blows and their blades rotate and gleam under the sun. In addition to traditional outdoor decorations, like sunflower wind spinners and spiral wind spinners, we offer creative décor to brighten your yard. Just watch the Giant Flower Wind Spinner or Biking Kitten Spinner Stake in action to see how delightful they can be on a blustery day. Yard flags, decorative garden stakes, figurines and bird feeders are other unique ways to make your landscape more colorful.

Colorful garden decoration.

4) Outdoor Lighting

You can entertain long after the sun goes down with weatherproof outdoor lights. Some of them look so good you’ll want to keep them hanging during the day, too. You can keep it simple with traditional hanging lights and candle lamps or be bold by installing LED flower stakes, butterfly clip lights, spiral string lights and multicolored lanterns. By getting solar-powered lights that store energy from the sun, you won’t need to spend a cent on electricity.

5) Walls and Entryways

Adding color to garden walls, front yard fences or patio entryways will set the tone for the rest of your landscape. Paint these areas with a solid, eye-catching color to serve as a backdrop for plants and dining areas or create a mural for a fun and whimsical setting. Outdoor wall hangers and fence sitters are a fun, temporary alternative to paint. Use floral, bird-themed, patriotic and holiday welcome signs as year-round or seasonal outdoor décor.

Looking for more garden inspiration? Check out our other blogs on How to Start Your First Garden for the beginners or Summer Garden Care for the avid gardeners!

Fun Gifts to Send in the Mail – Kimball Corner

We’re moving into the holiday season, which means that gifting is on the mind. Not all our loved ones are close, however, which means that often gifting has to take place over many miles. This can be a wonderful opportunity to shine — send them “gift packs,” themed gift boxes and special sentiments that they’ll be delighted to receive.

It doesn’t really get a whole lot better than discovering an unexpected gift at the mail. With the plethora of bills, responsibilities and junk that often arrives via post, isn’t it lovely to receive something fun? This is especially true in recent times, when everyday life has seemed, well, a bit gloomy. Go ahead — make somebody’s day. Send a small gift and spread some joy.

Looking to surprise that someone you love with a “just because” gift? Searching for ideas for fun gifts to send in the mail for the holidays? We’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas here that will make anyone’s day.

Themed Boxes

For friends, family and loved ones who love their baths, consider putting together a “Spa Day” basket or gift box and include items that they can use to relax and unwind. Include a bottle of deliciously scented bubble bath, a bath pouf or loofah, a box of relaxing chamomile tea, some cookies and a personalized mug in which they can enjoy their beverage while soaking. Consider our popular bath pouf belt with handles, which allows you to clean those hard-to-reach places (like the back) with ease. Add a special bar of gentle soap, such as our goat milk based manuka honey soap from Natures® CommonScents. Our Personalized Tea Bag Mug is perfect to send in a “Spa Day” gift basket — it is easy to personalize with your loved one’s name and provides a side “pocket” that holds a used tea bag after it has seeped for the preferred amount of time. We think they’ll thank you for the reminder that they should stop, take a moment to themselves and relax.

Gifts for Hobbyists

Everyone has a friend who has a special activity that they enjoy. Whether it is knitting, crocheting, coloring, painting or puzzles, this fact can be a great starting point for a gift to send in the mail. Take an activity or hobby that someone loves to do and create a thoughtful gift or gift box to send. For example: know someone who loves to color? Get a new coloring book along with a set of special gel pens, new colored pencils or crayons. There’s something wonderful, thrilling and inspiring about receiving brand-new coloring utensils. Miles Kimball has great options for coloring books in our Hobbies and Books department — check out our selection of coloring books available that will keep your friends and family busy. Puzzles are also a great gift to send in the mail. See a new, interesting puzzle that someone on your gift-giving list would love here in our Puzzles and Trivia nook? Choose a new puzzle to send and include some puzzle glue so that they can preserve the piece that they spent so many hours on. Have someone who is looking for a new way to create something beautiful? Don’t miss our Brain Games Sticker by Number books. These popular books can be something to send to a coloring book fanatic so they can try out something new and exciting.

Gardening Glory

For a friend or family member who just can’t wait for gardening season, consider gathering some unique gardening gifts to send. Add some seeds, wind chimes or other outdoor garden décor and garden accessories to your gift box. Check out our Gardening Tools and lawn tools to see if there is something that they could both love and incorporate into their gardening care routine, such as a new pair of gardening shoes or gloves. For a thoughtful gift, consider one of our garden flags — many which can be personalized. Create a seasonal gift box and add a garden flag to it that corresponds with the season. These quick and easy ways to incorporate movement and color into gardens are a tried-and-true favorite here and are highly recommended here at Kimball Corner. Consider seasonal gifts with some unique yard stakes and figurines — a delight to add to any garden. Decorative garden stakes are also a quick and easy way to brighten up a space and to make great gifts for the outdoor garden décor enthusiast on your gift list. Think seeds are not too interesting and not that exciting to send as gifts in the mail? Think again. Check out our Plants and Garden Rolls, available at Miles Kimball. Developed by a horticulturist, they can be tailored to interests, such as wildflowers or butterflies. They can also be bought for some specific microclimate needs, such as shady areas, sunny areas or ground cover. Of course, everyone loves hanging flowerpots — especially when they’re low maintenance. Check out our realistic artificial flower hanging baskets that come perfectly assembled and ready to hang. These gems are ideal for spaces that are notoriously inhospitable to plants and flowers.

Just Because

Enter into your shopping trips, even to the grocery store, keeping your eyes open for specials and sales. See something that “reminds” you of someone? Buy it. There doesn’t need to be a reason; sometimes the most unexpected surprises are the best. Add a note with a personalized note card or stationery that explains why the item you bought made you think of him or her. These little “just because” gifts don’t have to be much: decorative napkins and pretty paper plates, cute notepads, coffee mugs, pretty journals, interesting-looking books or home décor. Sometimes the best places to find fun gifts are in the checkout lanes. See a magazine you think a friend will love? A decorative lip balm? A travel-sized lotion or cute hand sanitizer keychain? Sometimes these little gifts will cost a bit more to mail than they were to purchase; however, the happiness that these little gifts will inspire will mean so much. We guarantee it. Check out the Special Offers or Sale sections of our departments at Miles Kimball to see if anything here “reminds” you of someone you love. It’s easy to spread love and happiness when you get creative with gifts you send in the mail. Have you received a spectacular in the mail? Share a memorable gift you received in the mail below.