EXTENDING YOUR PATIO SEASON
If you’re a Colorado resident, you know that autumn is the epitome of the outdoor season. If you happen to live elsewhere, don’t despair. Just because the days are getting shorter, it doesn’t mean that patio living is finished for the year. You can relish your outdoor space well into fall by doing just a few things.
The first path we shovel after snowfall is from the backdoor to the grill, but you can do better. A patio oven, a smoker or a full-on kitchen overlooking a mountain view - or even your backyard fence – makes meal preparation a pleasure.
Light the Sky
Regardless of whether you’re beneath them or just looking at them from afar, overhead string lights indicate there’s a party going on around here, and they extend the night-time view, making the transition between light and dark less stark. Smaller, more focused accent lighting creates pockets of warmth, bringing coziness and comfort to a seating or dining area, and they cast an attractive glow on every face.
Snuggle Up to a Fire
Nothing says fall like an outdoor fire, either shared with friends or enjoyed in solitude. A gas-powered fire is easiest, especially when it’s controlled with the flip of a switch, but a propane tank or wood fire are just as lovely and are easy to accommodate in most outdoor environments.
Prolong Your Planters
Most folks know that Pansies and Mums are the go-to for seasonal color in the fall. Highly textured plants also work beautifully – think ornamental grasses with tall plumes, flowering Kale and perennials with coarse seed pods whose silhouettes are striking and sturdy, even when they turn brown after a hard frost.