As the clock ticks closer to Valentine’s Day, it's a good time for outdoor enthusiasts to contemplate ways to surprise their special someone with some fun and festive landscaping. Whether looking to create a romantic and intimate atmosphere in your outdoor living space or seeking ways to create the perfect environment for a Valentine's Day celebration, there are plenty of fun tips and tricks that you can use to bring your outdoor space to life. Flowers • Why settle for a handful of roses when you can purchase or put together a gorgeous Valentine’s Day wreath? A pink rose spring wreath or a red, heart-shaped wreath makes for a classy way to set the mood for loved ones and guests. Wreaths are also the perfect way to start getting ready for the colorful upcoming spring season. • Homeowners can also opt for a floral arrangement or bouquet to add vibrancy to their patio or backyard. Keep in mind that roses are not the only flowers that can be used to celebrate the day of love. For a fresh and interesting twist choose tulips, iris and lilies for a splash of bright color. Hydrangeas and grape hyacinths, with their soft pink and purple hues, can be used for a softer touch. • Use hanging metal baskets and other containers for a homey, DIY touch. Baskets hide flower stems and line outdoor walls, which makes for a more natural feel. Homeowners can even extend their floral arrangement by purchasing a planter filled with live flowers for Valentine’s Day. Colors and Décor • Use whites, pinks and reds to establish a traditional Valentine’s Day atmosphere, but keep in mind that too many of these vibrant colors can be overwhelming to the eyes. Balance out rich red colors with earthy brown or dark purple and match light pinks with greens to subtly celebrate the coming of spring. • Welcome a Valentine with themed décor items for the patio. Red cushions and pillows with heart-shaped covers please visitors right away. However, be careful not to go too overboard with a lovey-dovey heart motif. An over-the-top flourish of Valentine’s hearts can visually overtake the rest of your decorations. • People who love crafting can easily create Valentine’s Day décor for their yard or patio in a few simple steps. Use paint to decorate clay pots, or use paint and heart-shaped wood pieces to craft adorable conversation hearts for your outdoor walkway. There is no end to the possibilities! Purchased Items • Many items from big-budget stores work as Valentine’s Day decorations. Lawn and tree decorations can be a great way to add vibrancy to trees and plants that have not yet come to life for the spring season. The appropriate lighting around doors or trees can create a romantic atmosphere while also drawing attention to outdoor features. • Place hearts and burlap pillows with cute Valentine's Day details on the porch and on or around outdoor seating for a quick decorative touch. Covers can be an easy way to make your existing pillows pull double-duty for the holiday. • Stick fabric- and cardboard-covered hearts inside a planter to avoid the hassle of buying flowers. Wrap a ribbon around the planter to top off the Valentine’s style. Red and pink ribbons can also be used to add a romantic touch to fountains, birdbaths, and other outdoor fixtures. These easy decorations are easy to remove once Valentine’s Day decorators turn their attention to spring festivities. Whether spending some alone time with the one you love or throwing a party for friends and family, there are plenty of ideas that you can use to make your Valentine's Day special. Create a romantic atmosphere and make this holiday one that you and your loved ones will never forget. All appointments scheduled for Friday 2/13, Saturday 2/14 and Sunday 2/15 will receive our deepest discounts of 2015. Schedule your appointment now!