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Fri, 05/25/2012 - 15:14 — Sarah Martinez
Create some cool for yourself
We’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to help overcome the Summer heat
Welcome to the Department of Mind Over Matter. Today we’re trying to convince ourselves it’s not THAT hot outside. Already.
Here in Texas, a pleasant summer garden has to have more than heat-tolerant plants. You have to modify the outdoor-living atmosphere itself. Thankfully, that’s not hard to do. Here are some tricks to make you think “cool” even on the hottest days.
Add a water feature
The sound of running water is a great way to add cooling, tranquil atmosphere to your garden. You can make a simple container-style fountain in a weekend. (Click here to learn more!) At the very least, try putting out a large terra-cotta saucer filled with water for the birds. The sounds of splashing will put a smile on your face.
Compose cool Color Creations
Turn your color wheel to “cool” and create a container garden with soothing shades of greens, blues and violets. Avoiding intense colors can visually tame the heat surrounding you.
Play up the wind
Consider adding wind chimes or other wind art to your garden. Their movement offers visual indication that there is, indeed, a breeze outside.
We know our seasoned gardeners out there have other tips to beat the heat. Don’t keep them to yourself! Comment below and share!