The Pioneer Woman says this is the single most impactful thing we can do to elevate our backyard – instantly

Ree Drummond sat down with H&G to talk about all things outdoors – starting transformative tips that will upgrade our yard in time for summer

The Pioneer Woman
(Image credit: Courtesy of Ree Drummond)

Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, is synonymous with the kitchen, but this spring/summer, she's taking her expertise into the yard. 

The founder of her eponymous lifestyle empire (including a cooking show on the Food Network), The Pioneer Woman is no stranger to setting kitchen trends and culinary habits. This week, however, Ree launched a new outdoor collection with Walmart, and we'd say that her pieces will have reshaped garden trends before spring is out. 

We could think of no better person, therefore, to chat about all things outdoor living than Ree – whose collection spans colorful patio furniture, planters, and garden déco. First on our agenda: the question of how to elevate our backyard – fast. 

'Solid colored seating can be lovely and grounding, and from there, you can build in the impact with patterned planters and the plants and flowers you choose,' Ree says. 

The Pioneer Woman

(Image credit: Courtesy of Ree Drummond)
The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond is a blogger, author, and television personality who lives with her family on a working ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Listed as No. 22 on Forbes' Top 25 Web Celebrities, Ree is among the most successful bloggers and hosts of a generation – leading to a show on The Food Network and a series of cookbooks. Now, she has collaborated with Walmart to take her knowledge into the garden. 

'I love a mix of wavy native grasses in pots, with bright colored annuals and even herbs. Add your own personality with a garden stake or two, and just make sure every choice you make is well thought out,' Ree says. 

This tip can work anywhere in your yard, but The Pioneer Woman urges us to experiment on our patio – for ultimate impact. 

'My ideal back patio is my teal bistro set (below) with a mix of patterned pots, each with a different plant or flower (or herb) that complements the others. It's always a dreamy look,' she says. 

Sometimes, in the run-up to spring and summer, we can feel caught up in trying to create the 'perfect' backyard. However, the secret, according to Ree, is simple.

'My best advice is to keep it classic and simple – as long as you have good quality planters and accessories, beautiful, healthy plants and flowers, and a comfortable spot to enjoy it all and entertain a friend – that's all you really need.'

Garden Bistro Set – $198.00 at Walmart

Garden Bistro Set – <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$198.00 at Walmart
This teal dining set is just the right size for enjoying breakfast or lunch with a friend while you're enjoying the sun out on the patio. We can see why Ree loves it. 

'It's definitely tempting to try out trends, but just make sure it's something that you're able to maintain over time. If not, it will take all the fun out of it.' 

When it comes to picking a design feature to avoid, Ree says that everything can look great when done correctly. However, in recent years she has always avoided pavers with grass growing all around. 'It always seems like a mowing and weed-eating nightmare to me. But they sure look pretty when they're done right.'

You can shop for more of our favorite picks, designed by Ree, below.

Raised Garden Bed – $119.00 at Walmart

Raised Garden Bed – <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$119.00 at Walmart
Described as easy to assemble, this raised garden bed is durably constructed to ensure that it withstands the outdoor elements, and we just love the striking blue colorway. 

Vintage Plant Stand – $26.57 at Walmart

Vintage Plant Stand – <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$26.57 at Walmart
Made from tile and iron, this plant stand, this plant stand is as durable as it is beautiful.  It's a great way to display your favorite houseplants (or any flowers outside over the summer).

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.