Bring More Nature to Your Deck

If you have a plain Jane deck, you should look into sprucing it up a tad! You already have a strong ipe deck; totally furnished so now it’s time to start decorating the area so it truly becomes an extension of your living space. We’re talking adding color and making it your masterpiece of solitude!

Color It Up

One suggestion is to add a measure of color. Your deck has some thick railings that happen to be just the right size to balance a planter box. Being the DIY kind of person you are you head to the garage. Hidden inside the clutter are a couple of pieces of leftover ipe from the deck. All you need is a measuring tape, some treated plywood and a few nails. If you’ve built your own deck, surely you know how to construct a planter box or two?

In another corner of the garage you spot a few clay pots just sitting there. Gather them up.

Now that you have the containers, it’s not hard to fill them with dirt? You see where we’re going. You don’t have to be a landscape artist. Head out to a garden supply store and pick up some colorful flowering plants.


Your mission is to bring some friendly wildlife into your top-down living room. What’s going to attract Hummingbirds and butterflies? Here are some ideas:

  • Lantana and Fuchsia
  • Trumpet Vine and Trumpet Honeysuckle
  • Cardinal Vine
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Bee Balm
  • Red Columbine
  • Delphinium and Hollyhock
  • Catawba Rhododendron

Ask the folks at the garden supply center what works best for your climate. What you need is already there.

Don’t Stop

One thing that virtually everything in nature enjoys is a good drink now and again. You could go the birdbath route. Just place it on a couple of elevated ceramic tiles in a place on the deck (although, ipe is notoriously water resistant).

Then there’s the 21st century approach. What we mean is a water feature. Nothing big. Simply something you plug in that recycles the water. Birds and butterflies love the sound of trickling water. As a matter of fact, so do you.


Go big and buy or make a bird feeder. Remember, you have that ipe scrap. It’s infinitely easy to build a bird feeder and a bird house. Bird seed is inexpensive. Something as simple as a decorative plate in a corner of your deck will draw flying wildlife into view. No construction required.

Accessorizing your deck to bring more nature toward your deck is as simple as using your imagination.

Lastly, have you ever thought about crawling vines, planted in the ground to crawl-up your deck rails? We recommend the types that flower and give-off a sweet scent. It not only attracts the animal kingdom. It’s also a great way to add color — and fragrance — to your perfect outdoor living space.

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