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April
25

Patio Plants: How to Choose the Right Ones

Choosing Patio Plants - Homeowners - DeHOFF REALTORS®

Spring is here and spending time outdoors tops the list of things to do. Some people look forward to hiking their favorite trails or picnics in the park, while others enjoy relaxing in their backyard. If you prefer the comforts of home, our real estate agents recommend sprucing up your backyard with some beautiful patio plants.

Backyard patios and decks are ideal for potted plants. In Akron homes for sale, you can change out flowering plants to extend spring blooms well into the fall season. When temperatures start to drop, replace blooms with hardy greenery that will survive winter weather. To create a beautiful patio year-round, all you need is the right plants and decorative containers.

Choosing the Right Patio Plants

When choosing patio plants, consider how much maintenance they require. Some plants require daily watering, regular trimming, and deadheading of spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Before investing in plants, make sure they are suited to your gardening needs. Some easy-care patio plants to consider include:

  • Geraniums – These cheerful annuals come in a variety of vibrant colors that will add beauty to your patio. Geraniums last all summer and into early fall, even if you forget to water them for several days.

  • Lantana – This flower can be invasive in the garden, but it's easy to contain in pots. Lantana is a hardy plant that's hard to kill. It grows well in the sun and produces blooms with pretty multicolored flowers.

  • Marigolds – A big pot of marigolds will add color to your patio. Marigolds are easy to maintain and repel insects that may get on other plants, but they require deadheading to produce new blooms.

  • Ferns – In North Canton homes for sale with shady backyards, ferns are a great choice since they thrive in the shade. You'll find a variety of ferns that range in size, texture, and color for stunning visual interest.

  • Caladiums – Another shade lover, these plants produce colorful heart-shaped leaves. As tubers, they spread nicely and are mostly carefree. They don't have showy flowers but definitely brighten up shady spots.

  • Herbs – If you have a sunny patio, herbs planted in pots will thrive. Basil, lavender, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme grow well with sun and regular watering. Enjoy wonderful smells and use the herbs in your kitchen.

  • Vines – Potato vine (jasmine nightshade) is an easy vine to grow without much maintenance. It's often used as a patio plant because it produces pretty little white or purple flowers that add soft, relaxing color to an outdoor setting.

Choosing Containers

For healthy patio plants, it's important to choose the right size containers with adequate drainage. According to garden experts, plants in pots dry out more quickly, so they need adequate water and good potting soil. Water should be checked daily, and potting soil should be good quality organic potting soil with an organic compost mixed into the soil.

When purchasing containers, make sure pots have ample room for plant growth. Consider the container's size and height on your patio so you don't block views of the backyard. Large pots are good for marking patio boundaries, delineating different patio areas, and providing privacy, but they are hard to move around. Small decorative pots with bright colors and interesting textures make good accents on patios that need a boost in design appeal, and they're very easy to move around.

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home in Stark and Summit counties, contact us for information on available properties and prices in areas of interest.

April
11

Healthy Lunch Stops Around North Canton

Healthy Lunch Stops - North Canton, OH - DeHOFF REALTORS®

If you're treating yourself to lunch out, don't just grab something unhealthy from the drive-thru at a chain restaurant. Take time to refuel at one of North Canton's many eateries that put their own delicious spin on healthy lunches. You'll have plenty of menu options to choose from and will be able to have a healthy, relaxing break before moving on to the rest of your day.

Our real estate agents suggest eating at the following healthy lunch stops around North Canton.

  • BAM! Healthy Cuisine - 2185 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44718 and 7160 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718
    BAM! Healthy Cuisine
    aims to combine nutritious with delicious by making everything served as fresh as possible. The lettuce, for example, is grown in Ohio and cut by hand. Nothing is from a bag, and tortillas are made in-house. The restaurant has the salads and power bowls that you might expect to see on a healthy menu, but you'll also find pizza, wraps, and sandwiches that taste great while being made with healthy ingredients. And if you're in the mood for something sweet, grab a guilt-free treat from the cooler.

  • Thatsa Wrapp Shack - 7944 Cleveland Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720
    Thatsa Wrapp Shack specializes in inventive wraps and salads prepared fresh in-house daily. They're also known for their specialty housemade chips and desserts. Try the Cherry Almond Wrapp, loaded with grilled chicken, mozzarella, lettuce, red onion, dried cherries, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette. Or, if you're in the mood for a salad, go for the To The Chopper, which has garbanzo beans, cucumber, red onion, feta, tomato, red pepper, and lemon caper dressing. And if you're a vegetarian, you'll also find several meatless options on the menu.

  • Aladdin's Eatery - 6698 Strip Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720
    At Aladdin's Eatery, Lebanese-American foods take center stage. This cuisine, in addition to being flavorful, is quite healthy. Staples of Lebanese food include olive oil, nuts, vegetables, and lean meats, and instead of heavy, unhealthy sauces, herbs and spices are used to enhance the flavor of food. Dishes are free from sulfites and preservatives and fit in well with several different eating plans. Over 40 dishes are vegetarian, 30 are vegan, and 40 are gluten-free, so if you have specific dietary needs, you'll have plenty of dishes to choose from. Start with a delicious appetizer like falafel or hummus before selecting an entree like pita pizzas. And don't forget to treat yourself to a refreshing option from a variety of healthy smoothies, raw juices, and natural herbal teas.

  • Twisted Citrus - 1649 N. Main St., North Canton, OH 44720
    You'll be able to enjoy breakfast and lunch dishes on the menu at Twisted Citrus, a colorfully decorated daytime eatery that, true to its name, serves dishes with a twist. Try a Southwest BBQ Salad for lunch, with your choice of grilled chicken or fried veggie nuggets diced and tossed in BBQ sauce. It's served over a tasty bed of iceberg mix, red peppers, tomatoes, fire-roasted corn, black beans, and diced avocado and topped with the restaurant's housemade jalapeno vinaigrette. You can also build your own chicken sandwich or burger, including a Beyond Burger that's vegan and plant-based.

If you're ready to start looking at North Canton homes for sale, contact us today. Our agents have years of experience and are dedicated to making your real estate transaction a smooth one. 

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