When that urge to get outdoors hits, the last thing you want to do is spend time in a bland, uninspiring yard. Fortunately, many talented gardeners and decorators share products of their work online so you can perk up your patio and give your yard a green thumb's up this year.
 
First off, don't be restrained by traditional planting sites.
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Glenda of the gardening and decorating site "Tootsie Time" gives her vertical space a colorful lift by attaching handing baskets filled with cascading flowers around her fence line for a beautiful border.

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Other fence adornments in addition to hanging baskets can take flight as well. East Dallas garden of Curtis Fesser and Brad Boling created a little nature enhancement of their own with colorful butterfly sculptures taking flight in their garden.

Eric, a master gardener blogging on "Garden Drama," shows that light shows other than the sunshine earn a place in a yard. Drilling holes in fence boards and placing new marbles – more uniform in shape than antique marbles – in the holes opens up a new colorful palette in outdoor spaces.

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Flickr photographer Naeem displays a garden fence performing long after the sun goes down as well, with a wrapping of white holiday lights.

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Homedit take fence decoration in a a different direction with a farm stand chic design, featuring a display of agricultural themed signs and antique gardening tools on display.

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Ciera of Ciera Design Studio raises her flower garden to new heights. By upcycling and attaching empty coffee cans to her fence, the blogger gives the appearance of floating flowers. A coat of bright paint on the cans adds to the effect.

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If you look to paint a little more than coffee cans though, a simple mural design may better suit your style. This whimsical tree now grows in a former bare spot of the yard.

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You might find the perfect outdoor decoration unappreciated inside your home - or overstuffed garage. Hometalk shows how old spindals, windows and metal work grow into unique garden decorations.

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Don't forget your kitchen cabinets either. Odd, unused dishes or serving platters add a vintage garden touch, as shown by Manuela Williams on the site, "A Cultivated Nest."

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Finally, if you really feel motivated, go all out with your paintbrushes and travel anywhere you want in your own backyard by adding a landscape mural. This beach scene showcased by Von Flue Studio turns an ordinary space into an exotic paradise.

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Know someone wringing their hands and looking for a little direction for their outdoor oasis? Pass this along for a little motivation - just be prepared to lend a hand!