Ways to Add Plants to a Rental House Yard or Patio (No Landscape Changes)

April 30, 2019

Making your new rental house in Loveland feel like home without making permanent changes can sometimes be difficult, especially when it comes to sprucing up the front or back yard. At any rental property, you will face limitations on what you can do or change, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to add your own horticulturist touch. To add plants and character outdoors without affecting the landscaping of the home, consider a few simple ideas.


Start by Talking to Your Landlord About Your Plans

Before you drive over to your local nursery or home improvement store for new flowers and planters, take a moment to contact your landlord to discuss your plans and ideas. Even if you are not affecting the landscaping in any way, it is still a good idea to make sure that your landlord is informed and approves of your ideas. You can also take this time to discuss any concerns you may have with the landscaping such as a dry patch in the grass or weeds. Together you will be able to come up with a course of action to get the yard looking bright and beautiful.


Start a Container Garden

If you love the taste of homegrown veggies or fresh herbs, you don’t have to miss out simply because you live in a rental house. A container garden using potted plants can provide you with the perfect way to put your green thumb to work without digging up the property's soil. A container garden can easily find a home in any area of the yard including a deck or patio. Read more here on how to grow a container garden at your rental property.


Pick Out Some Pretty Planters

You can find attractive planters in all shapes, sizes, colors materials, and even patterns. From the earthy color of terra cotta to brightly painted patterns on ceramic pots, there are endless options to choose from. Planters can easily be grouped and arranged to create a unique focal point in the corner of the yard, add a touch of décor to a plain side of the house, or simply provide the piece that pulls it all together.


Repurposed Planters Can Add Charm and Character

adding plants to a rental home, rental homes in lovelandUsing just a little imagination and some do-it-yourself creativity, planters can easily be repurposed from a variety of different materials. Repurposed planters create new and unique opportunities for adding plants to the landscaping of a rental property. Pinterest is packed with ideas on how to turn everyday items into beautiful accessories for any landscaping such as using a drawer of an old nightstand to plant flowers in, creating a quaint country arrangement using a metal watering can and a barrel, or transforming old gutters into a hanging planter. You can find 45 planter ideas to give your exterior a unique look here.


Don’t Limit Yourself to Traditional Potted Flowers

Just because you’re limited to planting in pots doesn’t mean you have to limit what you plant. While petunias and zinnias might be a traditional and affordable option, there is so much more you could plant to liven up your yard.


With the right size planter, you could put together a stunning arrangement. By mixing plants, grasses or flowers of varying heights, colors, and textures, you can create a potted masterpiece. Don’t limit yourself to one type of flower; be bold in making contrasting combinations using plants that think outside the box. Click here for tips that will help you create sensational pots and planters.


Grow a Small Tree in a Container

Planting a tree in a large container is another alternative to typical flowers. Potted trees can add both beauty and dimension to a patio, balcony, garden, or front entrance. You could even plant a fruit tree that will provide you with lemons or figs in addition to adding a plant to the yard.  Just as with anything you plant, you will need to make sure that the tree you choose will have plenty of light, is easily accessible to water, and will thrive in the Northern Colorado climate. Not all trees are meant for even the largest container, however, so be sure to ask before bringing a tree home. You can find a list of the top ten trees to grow in containers at this articleo from houzz.com.

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