Creating a relaxing oasis in the comfort of your own backyard truly begins with an outdoor hot tub, but it doesn’t end there. The addition of outdoor accessories, a premium installation design, and of course, professional landscaping, can help bring your backyard spa installation to life. In this article, we’re going to focus primarily on landscaping ideas to help you create the backyard of your dreams.
Simple and Clean
In order to enjoy all that your outdoor hot tub has to offer, you must create a safe and functional backyard escape. One might not think that the landscape can have anything to do with this, but the reality is that it can actually have a significant impact on the overall usability of your outdoor space.
To achieve a simple and clean landscape, we recommend:
- Less is more, choose one or two main features for your backyard
- Reduce clutter and junk, invest in a sleek and compact storage area for accessories, water care products, toys, and everything else in between
- Maintain your lawn, remove weeds and keep the flowers/greenery to a minimum for less maintenance
A simple and clean aesthetic can set the tone for safety and functionality. Think about it, simplicity would include elements such as a well-maintained lawn, durable outdoor hot tub installation, controlled garden areas, and a design that is in perfect order.
Forget clutter and junk that could create a safety hazard if someone were to trip and fall, with a minimalistic aesthetic you can feel confident as your kids play in the backyard or guests navigate their way to the hot tub at night.
Potted plants can prove to be a great addition to an outdoor hot tub installation. Not only can you play around with a variety of flowers and greenery, but the pots can show character and style. Add a pop of colour here and there or have everything match the décor of your backyard for consistency.
Plants that do well in Ontario summers but not so much in the wintertime, planting them in a pot can enable you to bring them outdoors for the warmer weather, and then back inside when it cools off.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Do some research online to see which plants will thrive in the Ontario summer season and which ones can be left outside all year long
- Determine which plants are right for you, this could be a combination of flowers, greenery or shrubs
- Visit your local landscape store or garden centre to find the best selection
- Pots can be purchased at these stores, as well as your local outdoor or home store
- Pay attention to the care guidelines and write them down so you don’t forget
Some of our favourite potted plants for the summertime include Fuchsias, Nemesias, Petunias, Bacopa, Geraniums, Hostas, and succulents.
Flowers, Greenery and Mulch
Flower gardens can provide your outdoor hot tub installation with many benefits. The right plants can repel certain insects, including spiders and mosquitos, while others can produce an invigorating fragrance for all to enjoy. Add a pop of colour to your spa installation, either around the hot tub, nearby, along a deck/patio area, or along the fence line.
Break up the colours in your flower garden with greenery. Plants such as hostas, switchgrass, purple majesty, feather reed grass, palm trees, or ferns.
Mulch acts as the finishing touch for a complete garden area. Available in colours such as brown, red and black, mulch can provide a contrast between the colours of your home, grass, flowers, and greenery, while preventing the growth of weeds and protecting against colder Ontario weather.
Accessible and Safe
Use your landscape to help you, your family, and guests access the outdoor hot tub area and your home safely. Fill any holes and even out uneven ground, and always keep the grass cut and well maintained. Exterior lighting can help to illuminate your backyard, which can be added via in-ground lights, fence lights, and even string lights.
Create a safe pathway to and from the outdoor hot tub area with stepping stones or a paved pathway. If your hot tub is installed within your deck or patio area, go above and beyond to ensure that patio stones are kept in good shape and that the deck is clean, treated, and safe.
Privacy doesn’t begin and end with your fence. If you’re feeling a little exposed while soaking in your outdoor hot tub or would like to go above and beyond to enhance the atmosphere, there are a few changes that can be made to your landscape that can help.
- Plant tall bushes along your fence line
- Vine plants intertwining throughout a fence or garden trellis
- Plant a tree or two on either side of your installation
Adding a gazebo or pergola over the top of your hot tub can also help to improve the privacy around your installation. Complete with potted plants, curtains, and the right lighting, you’ll be well on your way toward a backyard built for both privacy and enjoyment.
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Create Your Dream Outdoor Hot Tub Installation
Did the information in this article pique your interest? Visit our online blog and resource centre for more information. To get started and bring your very own backyard to life with the addition of a Sundance® Spas hot tub, visit Sundance Spas Kitchener Waterloo today. We have a variety of hot tubs for sale at our hot tub store, from two and four-person hot tubs, to six-person hot tubs and more.