Whether you’re an award-winning orchid grower or you’re a novice gardener who can’t remember the difference between perennials and annuals, it’s easy to create an inviting backyard space with plants. From designing natural privacy to adding some vibrant colors, there are several foolproof ways of transforming your hot tub area into a garden oasis with or without a green thumb.

Build a Natural Privacy Screen

Strip down into your bathing suit and soak comfortably without the worry of peering neighbors. Whether your neighbors are the type to grab the binoculars or invite themselves to join, a plant-based privacy screen will keep Nosey Nellies at bay. Line your yard or fence with thick, tall trees and bushes to create a natural, private oasis. The wider and taller these plants grow, the more sheltered your backyard will become.

Create Shade

The last thing you want is the sun beaming down on you during your afternoon summer soak in your spa. Consider planting shady trees to block out some of the sunshine and keep your backyard cooler. Before you start digging holes though, think about the fruit, leaves, and debris these trees may blow into your hot tub, and position them accordingly.

Add a Pop of Color

You don’t need to be a gardener extraordinaire to create a colorful backyard paradise. Simply stop by your local nursery and find out which flowers bloom for the longest period of time in your area. Plant them around your spa and watch as they attract butterflies and hummingbirds for an extra splash of color in your backyard.

Even if you’ve never planted a seed in your life, don’t worry, your backyard space isn’t doomed. Between following these tips and consulting with the professionals at your local garden center, you’ll be soaking in your hot tub paradise in no time.