Shopping locally for your backyard isn’t tough in Fort Collins, we have so many wonderful stores and nurseries that you really can get everything you’re looking for within 15-20 miles. ‘Tis the season for backyard renovations, gardening and annual outdoor sprucing. In our family, we tend to choose one project every year – whether it’s updating the patio furniture, installing a new fountain or amplifying our backyard oasis with new pots or lighting. 

We have put together our list of places not to be missed when you are updating your backyard. Have a favorite spot that we may have missed? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for a new go-to in the area. 

The Light Center-

If you are looking to add a sophisticated feel (or some bonus property value!) to your outdoor space, lighting is key! We start with lighting simply because that’s our passion. Lighting today has grown so much beyond just a simple on/off switch. You can add a fan to cool off your space, a Bluetooth speaker lantern that allows you to project your favorite tunes or path/landscape lights that really highlight all of your beautiful scenery perfectly at night. If you’re ready to kick your outdoor spaces up a notch, stop by the Light Center or call us for a consultation!

backyard ideasoutdoor lantern with bluetoothoutdoor landscape lightingFort Collins Nursery & Bath Garden Center- 

Our favorites nurseries in the area are Bath Garden Center and Fort Collins Nursery. Both have been around for over 50 years and operate all year round – although summer is admittedly our favorite season. You’ll be surprised by all the fun gifts and backyard accessories you’ll be able to find while visiting! When the gardening bug hits us, these two places are usually our go-to for any flower or gardening needs, plus their experts are always available for questions. 

bath garden centerbath garden centerOutpost Sunsport – 

I am thrilled that we have a business like Outpost Sunsport in Fort Collins! There is so much cheap, plastic yard furniture online these days that when you are looking for quality, it’s nice to know Outpost Sunsport is right down the street. The furniture and accessories at Outpost last for many years, we even have a set sitting on our patio today! The comfort level is outstanding and it’s guaranteed that colors won’t fade. 

Outpost SunsportAce Hardware Downtown Fort Collins

We have two wonderful Ace Hardware’s in Fort Collins, one in Downtown and the other off Harmony. Both are owned by fantastic local families! Ace Hardware is one of those places that always surprises me by how many unique finds they really have – things I have never seen or heard of before. If you are looking for a grill, planting accessories or fun extras for your patio – Ace really is the place! I am always amazed at all the things I can check off my list with one visit. 

Perennial Gardener

Every time I visit their store I am always amazed at how they decorate and arrange their space – there is something wonderful to see every which way you turn! This is a fun store to visit while you are strolling downtown. Even more so, when you are on the hunt for unique finds for your backyard, you can be sure to find something at Perennial Gardener! They have been a community staple for over 20 years and I have never seen the same items from season to season. 

Perennial GardenerWe wish you the best with all of your outdoor projects this summer! Tag us in your outdoor photos using @thelightcenter on Instagram – we can’t wait to see all of the unique spaces you create.