Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

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Hanging Pillar Jar Hurricans at Pier 1 Imports, $40-$130
Hanging Pillar Jar Hurricans at Pier 1 Imports, $40-$130

By Lori Bosworth

Although we’ve been battling a seemingly extended winter season in Toronto, summer will sneak up on us before we know it. So it’s a good time now to get your backyard patio ready for summer entertaining and relaxing. Sometimes just a few additional pieces are all that’s needed to transform your patio into a backyard oasis. Here are some inexpensive options to give new life to your patio and get you ready for outdoor living.

Pebble Planter at Home Depot $56
Pebble Planter at Home Depot $56

A few planters here and there will add vibrant colour to your backyard patio. This Pebble Planter from Home Depot, $56, not only looks stylish, but it’s made from ┬áThe neutral gray finish will contrast beautifully with yellow, orange or red flowers.

Tulum Acrylic Drinkware, Set of 4, Red, $22-$26 at Pottery Barn
Tulum Acrylic Drinkware, Set of 4, Red, $22-$26 at Pottery Barn

Whether you’re enjoying cocktails or ice tea in the backyard, you don’t want any breakage! Investing in some plastic drinkware will prevent broken glass on the patio. The Tulum Acrylic Drinkware Set, $22-$26, from Pottery Barn is a superb blend of style and function. Also available in blue and turquoise.

Hanging Pillar Jar Hurricans at Pier 1 Imports, $40-$130
Hanging Pillar Jar Hurricanes at Pier 1 Imports, $40-$130

These Hanging Pillar Jar Hurricanes from Pier 1 Imports bring the pretty to your patio. Varying sizes range in price from $40-$130.

Grill Basket at Giant Tiger
Grill Basket, $5, at Giant Tiger

Along with the steaks, chicken and shrimp, you’ll want to make sure your veggies get the barbecue treatment as well. This grill basket from Giant Tiger, $5, is well designed to keep cut-up veggies from slipping out of the basket on to the grill. The grid squares are just large enough to ensure your veggies get grilled without them slipping through. The top of the basket easily slides open so that you can place vegetables in the basket and secures shut with a metal loop.

Lavender, photo by kzinn
Lavender, photo by kzinn

You’re not the only one who will find your backyard appealing during the summer. Unfortunately, our mosquito friends love hanging out in the backyard too. Consider placing a planter with one of the following herbs to repel mosquitoes: lavender, feverfew citronella or catnip.

CANVAS Prescott Stripe Patio Toss Cushion, $14.99 at Canadian Tire
CANVAS Prescott Stripe Patio Toss Cushion, $14.99, at Canadian Tire

Just a few bright toss cushions will give your backyard a California vibe. This CANVAS Prescott Stripe Patio Toss Cushion from Canadian Tire will only set you back $14.99.

Hampton Bay Ally Woven Accent Table at Home Depot, $69
Hampton Bay Ally Woven Accent Table at Home Depot, $69

The Hampton Bay Ally Woven Accent Table, $69, available at Home Depot, offers versatility for your outdoor entertaining. The shelf can be removed to allow the table to be used as an umbrella stand.