Make a scene…

...and beau­tify your yard on a tight bud­get

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Leanne Brownoff

ED­MON­TON — Ah... sum­mer! The days are longer and the air is fra­grant with blos­soms and lawn clip­pings. This is a per­fect time for new be­gin­nings and first im­pres­sions.

Whether you have a new home in an area that is lack­ing in fo­liage or one that is nes­tled into a ma­ture neigh­bour­hood, your yard is the defin­ing space that sets it apart.

How do you trans­form your home’s out­door look to be wel­com­ing at the front door and a re­fresh­ing respite in the back­yard? We de­cided to tackle that chal­lenge with a bud­get of $1,000.

Seek­ing out ex­pert ad­vice is al­ways a good place to start. So we went to Sh­eryl Beuer­lein, a St. Al­bert, Alta., en­tre­pre­neur who un­der­stands the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing vis­ually stun­ning en­vi­ron­ments. And she’s done more than add piz­zazz to her own prop­erty. She’s grow­ing a busi­ness: In Bloom Cus­tom Con­tainer Plant­ing.

In Bloom evolved as Beuer­lein cre­ated ar­range­ments for clients who wanted spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays for front en­trances and out­door gar­dens, with free-stand­ing planters, con­tain­ers and win­dow boxes. Serv­ing res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial clients, Beuer­lein of­fers a range of ser­vices that in­clude de­sign plans, plant­ing ma­te­ri­als, con­tainer es­thet­ics as well as main­te­nance rec­om­men­da­tions. While Beuer­lein leads the shop­ping ex­pe­di­tion, her clients learn about the va­ri­ety of plants that are suited for their home and how they work to­gether.

For this project, we asked Beuer­lein to de­sign a con­tainer gar­den. With a bud­get of $250, Beuer­lein put to­gether a fresh dis­play of cheer­ful yel­low flo­rals amid cool green fo­liage.

She used four square, black planters in var­i­ous heights and sizes for vis­ual in­ter­est.

Sturdy pa­tio fur­ni­ture with plush, weather-re­sis­tant up­hol­stery.

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