Tips to entice Baby Boomers outside

Puzzled about how to entice your mother your spouse, or a Baby Boomer relative outside for fresh air and that valuable 15-minutes-of-sun-per-day for Vitamin D?

Start by considering the state of the yard or garden right now.

  • How attractive is it to view through your eyes when standing at the doors?
  • How does your vision compare with that of the person you're enticing? - Do you wear glasses? Bifocals or progressives? - How's your distance vision? Still sharp? - Can you distinguish blues and shades of green at a distance?
  • What features make it interesting to view the garden from inside when looking at a distance?  What about close to the door? What's missing?

How to stir curiosity in the yard with plantings

So the garden's interesting to look at from a distance when leaning out from the front door. What about distant and close-up views from other exits from the house? What is happening at the edge of the yard near the front door, the kitchen door, the garage door or next to the patio? Here's where creativity and enticement really come together to fascinate the viewer and encourage edging into the outdoors. You want planting beds near the house to work in these ways:

  • for enjoyment as someone views it from the door
  • for pleasure in nature that always looks good
  • for visual delight in color and texture that calls the viewer
  • for attracting birds or bees or butterflies
  • for constant change that encourages the viewer to keep looking, day after day, week after week, enticed to take a step closer

Two examples of enticing dooryard plantings

Here are two photos of dooryard gardens. What makes them enticing?

Dooryard garden with shade-loving plants
Dooryard garden with shade-loving plants

Notice in the top photo that the plants display a mix of colors. The grasses will catch any small breeze and sparkle with movement. The plants are an eye-pleasing mix of pinks, yellows, and tan. You almost want to pet the pinky-cream sedum blossoms on the left side, don't you? Or at least reach out to feel the softness of the grasses. And notice, too, that the sedum is a succulent, with waxy round leaves. This tiny garden almost sings "Come touch me; come see how the plants feel."

In the bottom photo, the white-edged hostas are a splendid visual comparison with the smaller-leaved ground cover and the shrub above. Can you see the slight gleam of the ground cover and shrub leaves that contrasts with the duller hosta leaves? The hostas make up for it with the deep vertical veining in the leaf, though. Here, the garden says, "Look at me. See how pretty I am." It's almost dainty right now, with the pastel hosta flowers. At other times, the leaf colors will change. The leaves on the shrub may even fall during the winter, drawing attention to how the shrubs branches are carefully shaped.

A thoughtful, well-considered Elderyarding(R) design brings value to even the small details in your yard and garden to entice the residents into nature step by step, right from the door. Need enticement assistance? Second Summer can help. Just call or email us.

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