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We all love spending time in our gardens, especially when the weather heats up. At the moment, there’s plenty of preparation to be done in time for next spring before the winter chill kicks in. You may be a well experienced gardener, or a gardening novice. But if you think you know everything there is to know about your garden, then think again. See below our 5 gardening facts you didn’t know: Continue Reading
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It’s becoming more and more important to look at ways in which we can take better care of the environment. Achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle in many aspects of your daily life, whether that’s clothing, travel, food, at home or at work. There are little things we could be doing that will have a big effect in the greater scheme of things.   One way in which we could all improve our impact on the environment is through our gardening habits, most precisely our choices in garden furniture. It may seem trivial but picking eco-friendly furniture for your garden is an important step in achieving sustainability. Here’s a guide on how to choose the right eco-friendly furniture for you:  
  1. Sustainable Options

There are always eco-friendly sustainable options when it comes to what your furniture is made of. So, ditch the plastic and shop around for the very best in sustainable furniture. Popular sustainable materials include: wood, bamboo and rattan. Wood and bamboo are increasingly used for making garden furniture due to their durability and sustainability factor. However, natural rattan is just as eco-friendly as any other sustainable material. It’s a palm largely grown in Indonesia before then being made into beautiful garden furniture.      
  1. Recycled Materials

Garden furniture made from recycled materials is just as eco-friendly as those made from sustainable materials, as you are repurposing what may have ended up in the rubbish bin. Recycled plastics, wood and metals can all be made into brand new earth-friendly furniture that looks amazing in any garden.  
  1. All-Weather Furniture That’s Durable

When you buy wicker garden furniture, the first thing you’re concerned with is how comfortable it is, and the second – how durable is it? You don’t want to be replacing your furniture every year due to use in the summer. Avoid this by investing in all-weather eco-friendly furniture made from durable water-resistant materials. You can still cover your furniture in the winter months or move it into storage such as a shed for extra protection. This way it should last you for years to come.   furniture in conservatory  
  1. Buy Local

Sometimes we forget that, just as with our food from supermarkets, furniture goods may also have travelled a long way to make it to your home. Where possible, try sourcing your garden furniture from local suppliers. This cuts down on the amount of air miles or car miles it has to make. Not only will this be beneficial to the environment, but it will also support the local economy and reduce the costs for you in terms of delivery.   Take into account the eco-friendly factor the next time you’re considering buying a brand new suite for your garden. We all love spending time out in our gardens when the weather heats up. So, relax on your earth-friendly garden furniture knowing that you’re doing your bit to help save the planet. For more information on our garden furniture, then don’t hesitate to contact us.
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As we prepare for shorter days and colder weather, transforming a conservatory into a cosy and inviting space is a must. They can be an amazing place to while away the hours in the summer sun, encouraging quality time with the family. However, when winter time hits it can be easy to neglect your conservatory as it doesn’t feel as welcoming as it did in the summer. With some simple changes, you can look forward to spending your winter nights tucked under a blanket with a good book in blissful comfort.   Wondering how to decorate your conservatory in time for winter? See below our top tips:  

Winter Colour Scheme

Deciding on a warming and soothing colour palette for your winter conservatory design is crucial. From burnt oranges to metallic golds; there are an abundance of colours that you can scatter around your conservatory to give it a cosier winter feel after summer. Try the deeper, richer tones mixed with classic winter colours such as grey or white to create a winter wonderland.  

Comforting Textures

When thinking about how to decorate your conservatory, consider the fabrics you’ll use. Chunky knitted blankets, fluffy pillows and soft suedes all form the basis of what we consider comforting textures. So, drape a throw over your furniture and add a rug into the middle of the room to make it feel more like an extension of your home.  

Cosy Furniture

Your choice of conservatory furniture can dramatically change the room. While leather furniture may be a popular choice for your home, in a conservatory it can be a cold and uninviting fabric. Therefore, it’s best to opt for luxury indoor furniture that can provide you the best of both worlds in summer and winter. Large corner suites or classic two-seater sofa styles both work well in conservatories; making it feel more homely.

Letting The Light In

Introducing light into your conservatory can brighten up those short, dark days. Your conservatory is designed with maximising the light in mind. To build upon this, look at large lamps for corners of the room. As well as this, you can dot some scented candles around the space. Both will provide a calming glow to the room. For a fun touch, you can put some coloured fairy lights up around the room! Just be sure to avoid white light bulbs as the colour can make the room feel colder.  

Get Ready For Winter

Be prepared this year and start looking at how to decorate your conservatory sooner rather than later. Throughout autumn and early winter, whenever you see anything that you think will look great in your conservatory, pick it up! This way you can gather decorations over time, keeping costs down and allowing you to feel ready when the time comes. With just a few simple touches you can transform your summer oasis into a cosy winter cave, perfect for all the family. For more information about the best conservatory indoor furniture, please contact a member of our friendly sales team.
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It appears we’re well and truly over summer, so it makes sense to prepare your garden for the pending autumnal weather. Though autumn is a beautiful time of year for its outstanding colours and crunchy leaves, it can leave you in a state of despair when it comes to your garden. The weather is often unpredictable, which can lead to your garden getting a little neglected. To prevent this from happening, follow these simple steps for preparing your garden for autumn:  

Get De-Weeding

First and foremost, you’ll want to start with a clean slate come next summer. Autumn is the perfect time to have a bit of a garden clear up. Try to get the weeds under control before the winter hits, as before you know it, you’ll have a lot more to tackle come springtime. Start by working your way around any patio areas or pavement, making sure you well and truly dead the weeds at the root. Then scour your garden for any other weeds that should be taken out. Take great care if you’re using a weed-killer spray, using precision to target the weeds so as not to damage any of your other plants.  

Revitalise Your Lawn

Maintain a healthy lawn year-round by revitalising the grass. Rake away any old grass or moss before adding some fertiliser to your lawn. This can greatly boost your lawns healthy growth before winter hits. You can improve drainage with the addition of deep holes scattered around your garden, much needed when there’s heavy rainfall. Don’t forget to make sure you save the garden waste for your compost heap!  

Protect Younger Plants

Younger plants and trees are most vulnerable during autumn and winter. You can buy tree-guarding wraps from your local gardening centre and start by wrapping your tree from the roots upwards. This wards off the effects of autumnal weather that may cause damage to your plants. If necessary, lift your tender species to save them from the frost. In the instance that you’re unable to move them, cover them with mulch for protection.  

Cover Garden Furniture And Store Tools

If the weather takes a colder turn, you’ll need to think about storing your gardening tools and equipment. Keep your tools in a shed, if you don’t have one then you may need to bring them indoors if you have the room. If you leave them outside it’s likely they will rust or become damaged when exposed to extreme weather. When it comes to looking after your garden furniture, keep it in top condition by keeping it covered. Even if you’ve invested in year-round outdoor furniture, it’s still good practice to throw a cover over it. For more information regarding outdoor furniture care, contact a member of our sales team who will be happy to help.
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Sometimes change is good. This can certainly be the case when it comes to transforming your garden. Say goodbye to your drab décor and welcome in pristine hedges and colourful ornaments to bring your garden to life once more. If you’re considering giving your garden a glamorous makeover, then you may want to consider our tips for simple ways to transform your outdoor space:  

Create A Feature

We all like to feel proud of the space we’ve created, particularly when we’re showing off to guests. So, create a stunning talking point by designing a feature to take centre stage in your garden. You could install a calming water feature to create a serene ambiance, adding another dimension to your garden. Alternatively, go a step further and dig a pond; this will also help with attracting more wildlife.  

Add Shapes

One of the simplest ways to transform a garden is by experimenting with shapes. You can mould your lawn by cutting it into a defined shape, such as a circle or square, and finish it with a border. Though it looks impressive, this task is fairly quick and easy to do. Complete the look with some shingles or slabs around the cut off line to give your garden a sleek and stylish finish.  

Decorate

Bring some life to your garden with the addition of colour and light. Bold colours can really open the space up, giving it a completely different look. Try painting a wall or even erecting your own floral wall to add depth and colour to your garden. In addition, fairy lights can look classy and delicate dotted around a fence or dining area. The space then has a cosy feel – perfect for when you have friends over on a summer’s evening.  

Make It Liveable

Transform your garden by giving it a purpose. Having outdoor furniture will encourage you to spend more time in your garden, and also create a wonderful place to relax with your family and friends. If you want to sit back and chill out after a stressful week then there’s nothing better than reclining in a comfortable hammock. You can even choose one with bold colours to compliment the colour scheme in your garden.  

Grow Your Own

You can transform the way you use your garden by adding a sustainable element with a vegetable patch or herb garden. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is an amazing way to utilise your garden if you don’t usually spend much time in it.
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When you have spent a lot of time working to make your garden look perfect, you want to make sure that your garden accessories look the part too. Having some of the must have garden accessories will not only add a touch of style to your outdoor space but mean that your garden has some of the latest garden gadgets, tools or novelty items.   If you’re stuck on what accessories would look good in your garden, here are 5 must have garden accessories.  

Storage Sun Lounger

If you have a small garden and have limited options for storage, how about doubling up your sun lounger and storage? If your budget is limited, you can even make it yourself with a couple of pallet boxes and comfortable seating cushions. Now you have a place to sit and relax and store your smaller garden pieces.  

Window Bird Feeder

If you live in an apartment or just want a closer look at our feathered friends, then there are bird feeders available which are made from clear plastic and stick to the outside of your window. These bird feeders have enough space for bird feed, water and fat balls, which birds love. You can enjoy looking at the birds close up and they can enjoy having a place to eat.  

Parrot Flower Power

If you’re a technology fan, then you’ll love this gardening gizmo. The Parrot Flower App is a small branch shaped device that you put into your pots and plants and when they need watering or feeding, the device will send a message to your phone reminding you to do so. This really is one of the biggest must have garden accessories and makes looking after your plants that little bit easier.    

Luxury Dining Set

There is nothing better than eating your dinner outside on a nice evening. Investing in a luxury dining set will mean that you have somewhere comfortable to relax and socialise with family and friends and is one of the ultimate must have garden accessories. Our range of outdoor furniture has the seating solution for every garden and outdoor area and are made from the best materials so that your dining set lasts longer.  

Fire Pit

An outdoor fire pit is a great addition to any garden. You can burn some logs and enjoy the comforting heat of relaxing next to a fire in the winter months. There are many shapes, sizes and styles available, so you’re sure to find one to suit your outdoor space. If you pair your fire pit with a comfortable outdoor sofa or garden chairs, you’ll create a space you’ll want to sit in for hours.
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There has never been a more exciting or interesting time to starting growing your own vegetables. Not only does it save money, it saves the planet and gets us interested in eating vegetables again. No matter if you are past the point of needing a big lawn for football games or if you have a small terrace garden, you can grow your own vegetables pretty much anywhere. If you want to start growing your own vegetables or want to learn how to plant vegetables in your garden, then here are some great tips to get you started.  

Choosing Where To Plant Vegetables In Your Garden

One of the top tips for growing your own vegetables is choosing the sunniest spot there is. The more sunshine vegetables get, the sweeter your vegetables will be. Some vegetable plants need shade, such as salads, but it’s easy to create some with netting.   Typically, ordinary soils are good for growing veg but avoid soil extremes. If you have thin soil or it is full of stones, then add in or build some raised beds. Clay soil is very rich in nutrients and is perfect for summer crops, but this soil type tends to get wet and cold in the winter. If you are looking to extend your planting and crop season, you will need to get some raised beds to ensure year-round vegetables.

How Big Should My Plot Be?

When you want to plant vegetables in your garden, you should aim for your vegetable garden should be low-maintenance. For your first year or so, try and stick to a small plot. If you have the room, a 4 by 8-foot plot is ideal for new-starters as if provides you with enough space to grow a varied selection of crops. If you don’t have that much room spare, you can always plant vegetables and herbs in containers or window pots.  

Battling Slugs And Snails

Keeping the area where you plant vegetables in your garden clear from weeds and leaves reduces the areas where slugs and snails can hide. You don’t want all your hard work and patience to be ruined by slugs and snails munching at your vegetables so, where you can, put a paved or compacted soil path between your beds. This will act as an extra protective barrier as snails and slugs will easily be seen by you or visiting birds.  

What Vegetables Should You Grow?

If your dream is to harvest your own home-grown foods, there are plenty to choose from. However, the seasons will have a big impact on when you should plant vegetables in your garden. So, where should you start? If you want to grow leafy green salads, then you’re in luck. Salad leaves are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and have a quick turnaround of 3 weeks. Onions and garlic are essentially maintenance-free vegetables to grow. Simply plant onion bulbs or individual cloves of garlic in well-drained soil and leave them to it. Tomatoes are a great vegetable to grow in any size garden and can be grown in hanging baskets or against fencing for support. When you are planting and growing vegetables in your garden, you will need a lot of patience. However, with the increasing cost of vegetables and fruit, growing your own produce has never been more beneficial.
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Conservatories are great investments and are fantastic for adding some extra space into your home in a cost-effective way. They provide you with a light, airy room that can be used for multiple purposes and help to connect the inside of your home with the outside seamlessly. However, there are some issues that you can encounter with your conservatory that may limit how much you use it. Fortunately, these issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently if you take the right steps.  

The Most Common Conservatory Problems

 

Temperature

Temperature is one of the most common conservatory problems. They often tend to be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This problem occurs as glass is a poor insulator, so it allows heat to escape in the winter and lets in too much in the summer. The key to solving this is to improve the insulation of your conservatory. An easy way to do this is to add in some insulated curtains. These can reduce the loss of heat both in and out of your conservatory. The most effective method, however, is to replace the glass with a more insulating material. You can usually add a solid roof fairly easily to most conservatories and these tend to add more insulation than glass.  

Brightness

Having a room in your home that is prone to getting a lot of sunlight sounds great and, at the right times of day, it is. But, many conservatories can become too bright at certain times of the day which makes them less enjoyable to use. Finding an effective way to shade your conservatory is important, especially if you use it regularly. Blinds are a cheap and easy solution to this problem. Redecorating your conservatory is also a good idea if the room is too bright. Incorporate some warmer colour tones or add in some darker flooring to take away some of the brightness and glare that can be reflected off of lighter colours.   

Noise

Because glass is so thin, it is not a good barrier to prevent excess sound. One way to tackle this common conservatory problem is by opting for quality double or triple glazing. If you still find that your conservatory is letting in too much noise, then you can usually do other things to combat it. The same solutions that work for controlling temperature will work for providing sound insulation, too. Heavy thermal curtains have a good effect on noise control, but adding in a solid roof is a better-lasting option which provides more significant benefits.  

Condensation

Condensation is one of the biggest conservatory problems, especially during the winter. As your conservatory will tend to be much colder than the other rooms in your house, when air circulates into the room from other areas of the house, water vapour in the air will cool and then turn into liquid in the form of condensation.   An easy solution to this is to buy a dehumidifier and leave it running in your conservatory for a few hours a day. This is not an energy efficient or permanent solution, however, so should not be used extensively. The best solution to this issue is to find a way to balance the temperature in your conservatory. Using the temperature tips from earlier will help to do this, but you can also add in some kind of heating. If you are thinking of adding radiators or underfloor heating, you’re best contacting your local building control surveyors as they can cause problems with building regulations.  
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  eco friendly garden When it comes to ensuring that your garden is eco-friendly, there are a variety of ways that you can create a self-sustaining environment that will not only reduce waste but is also more reliant on renewable energy, too. Not only will your garden look better, but local wildlife will be more attracted to your garden thanks to the range of habitats available to them right outside of your door.  

Here are some tips for you to create your own eco friendly garden.

 

Attracting Wildlife

Whether you’re more of a bug avoider than enthusiast, there’s no denying that insects are extremely important to our ecosystem. However, there are many bugs that can be harmful to garden plants. Instead of reaching for chemical-laden bug control, there are many bugs that can help to reduce the populations of harmful bugs. Ladybirds, for example, eat aphids such as the common blackfly. If you have an aphid infestation, you should consider planting flower borders that contain sunflowers, marigolds and candytuft to help attract the good bugs and minimise damage to your garden.  

Conserve Extra Water

Water conservation is essential, particularly if you have a large garden which frequently needs watering. You can easily save any excess water with the help of water butts. These can be added onto downpipes and come in a range of materials and styles to add to your garden, from the more traditional plastic green tubs to larger weathered oak barrels. Other ways you can save water is by removing the sprinkler from your garden – plants and flowers prefer to be watered at the roots, rather than on the leaves. Other tips include buying large plant pots (as they don’t dry out as quickly) and don’t cut the grass too low in warmer weather.  

Set Up A Compost Bin

The process of composting is not only an important supplement to have in your eco friendly garden, but it is a great way to make sure that your garden is getting all of the nutrients it needs to grow. As well as being beneficial to the environment, it also reduces the stress on your wallet, as you won’t need to keep buying compost or soil.   To set up your compost bin, collect compostable materials such as fruits, vegetables, tea bags/leaves and eggshells, coffee grounds and any weeds from the garden. Avoid using meat or fish, as this will attract flies and other unwanted pests, potentially damaging your garden and plants. Once you have gathered your compost, spread it over a partly sunny spot in your garden. When the weather is right, the compost will encourage bugs which make compost into the pile. Your compost will be ready in six to nine months, so whilst a timely investment, it is a worthwhile one.  

Consider Companion Planting

Often, the most beautiful and healthy gardens are those with a large and diverse mixture of plants. Certain plant combinations are said to help one another and boost vitality and growth in your garden. For example, marigolds are said to help discourage unwanted flying insects from plants. Keep in mind that whilst some plants make a great pairing, some couplings do not mix well together and can often hinder the growth of your plants.   Some great combinations to consider are chives and tomatoes, as the scent of the chives deter aphids from ruining your tomatoes and roses and garlic, as the garlic acts as a natural pest repellent, as well as flowering lovely purple flowers. Companion planting is a great way to avoid using chemical pesticides and help to add to the working system of your eco friendly garden.  
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  5 Flowers To Grow In Your Garden When it comes to picking which flowers to grow in your garden, the options available can seem overwhelming. What works in some gardens may not work in others and the choices you make can depend on a variety of different things. Growing plants and flowers can be time-consuming so before you set out to buy a pack of seeds or seedling plants, look through our suggestions of the best 5 flowers to grow in your garden.  

5 Flowers To Grow In Your Garden

 

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are the sign of summer and there are many different blooms you can choose from. They come in different sizes, colours and heights and will add an interesting focal point to your garden. Sunflowers are also a great choice of flowers to grow if you have children – they’ll love planting them and following them as they grow taller throughout the summer holidays.  

Wallflowers

If your garden has poor soil, then wallflowers are the perfect flowers to grow. This English classic is lightly scented and will look good anywhere in the garden. Wallflowers are easy to grow and like the sun and the shade. Whether you choose to grow them in plant pots or around the edges of your garden, you’ll be adding some lovely splashes of colour to your outdoor space.  

Sweet Peas

Sweet peas are one of the most popular flowers to grow in gardens. Famed for their scent and colours, they are extremely easy flowers to grow in the garden and can be grown straight from the seed or from an already sprouting plant. If you have children, sweet peas are a great way to introduce them to gardening, as they attract bees, wildlife and can be picked to place in vases around the home.  

Marigolds

Marigolds are a great choice of flower to grow in the garden, whether you choose to grow them in pots or straight from the soil. Marigolds are sure to brighten up your garden with their lovely golden colour and, if you have a vegetable patch or allotment, they will act as a natural pest control. Their bright colour will attract bees, which are an added benefit if you’re looking to help your other flowers and vegetables bloom and grow.  

Poppies

Traditionally, red poppies are classed as a weed and will grow anywhere that soil has been disturbed. There are many different sorts of poppies and they are very easy to grow, you don’t need to be a garden expert to grow them! As poppies are self-seeding, once you start to grow them in your garden they will return for many years to come.
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Is your conservatory the inviting and cosy area that you envisioned it would be? A lot of people are underwhelmed with the general feel of their conservatory, with dated decor, tired windows and doors and a lack of style. There are plenty of conservatory makeover ideas that are sure to transform the space and create an inviting living area.  

5 Conservatory Makeover Ideas

 

Add a Natural Element

Conservatories are designed to let in natural light. Many plants, such as citrus plants and orchids, thrive in the warmer conditions that conservatories offer. By bringing nature indoors, you will create a lavish natural area. The look, scent and freshness that indoor plants offer is guaranteed to enhance your mood, whilst also creating a vibrant living area.  

Choose a Welcoming Minimalist Style

White is perhaps one of the most contemporary interior design colour. Transform your conservatory by fitting white blinds to your windows, adding in key pieces of white furniture and by painting any interior walls white. This conservatory makeover idea will modernise any space, especially when combined with subtle colour accents.  

Add Some Homely Touches

The conservatory is an extension of your home, so make it truly comforting by adding in floral fabrics and wallpaper. By including warmer tones, you will ensure that your conservatory looks and feels welcoming all year round. Comfortable furniture, such as rattan pieces, is a key element for a comforting space. Add in a couple of personal touches, such as a vintage dresser or a play box for children, to round off the comforting, homely style. Making your conservatory more homely is one of the most important conservatory makeover ideas and one which will make having a conservatory much more worthwhile.  

Change Your Flooring

By default, many conservatories have tiled floors, which can make the space feel cold and unwelcoming in the colder months. By fitting plush carpets, you’ll provide warmth and comfort to your conservatory, which is sure to be welcome in the winter. Another way to change your flooring is to use wooden or laminate flooring. If your conservatory runs directly from your kitchen, matching the flooring is a great way to extend your living space. If you want to add a warming element to wooden or laminate floors, then a deep-pile carpet will give you the feel of a carpet without the expense.  

Add a Touch of Tropical

If you’re looking for something a little different from the traditional conservatory makeover ideas, then give your conservatory a modern twist with bold prints and bright shades. Rattan furniture is the choice of conservatory furniture, as it will help to keep the space comfortable. Add in some colourful blinds, or illuminate your space with multi-coloured lanterns. Big, leafy plants will complete the tropical look, along with finishing touches in the form of soft and colourful furnishings, such as cushions, blankets and rugs.
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When you have children, often the back garden can become less of a relaxing haven and more of a play area. Trying to find the right balance to suit all the family’s needs can be a little tricky, but you don’t have to let your garden be overrun by children’s toys. Here are some great family friendly garden ideas to transform your outdoor space into a paradise for all the family.  

Our Favourite Family Friendly Garden Ideas:

 

Keep it Natural

You don’t often have to buy specific items for children to play with. Get creative and make simple play areas for them using natural materials. Tree stumps make a great seating area or fairy house, or place stepping stones across the grass and let children paint or decorate them.  

Lay Some Grass

Not only does it look good, but grass is the perfect area for playing on. As well as providing a soft landing for practising handstands and cartwheels, it makes a great football pitch or just a place for kids to sprawl on. If you want surrounding flower borders, then choose easy-maintenance plants, such as Alchemilla mollis and Choisya ternata, that will remain standing after trampling and ball games. If you don’t fancy real grass turf, then why not invest in some good quality artificial grass? It’s maintenance-free and long-lasting.  

Create a Sensory Area

If you’re looking for family friendly garden ideas, then encourage your children to enjoy everything that the garden has to offer by stimulating their senses. Bright flowers, such as calendula, sunflowers and swiss chard, are good for stimulating sight. Rustling long grasses and seed heads are lovely to sit and listen to in those rare quiet moments and fun smells from plants and herbs, such as mint and chive, will stimulate the taste buds.  

Include a Family Seating Area

Having an area where the whole family can sit and relax or enjoy dining outside in the summer is a must-have for a family garden. Outdoor sofas or a rattan table and chair set are great options for families – they look better and last longer than plastic garden furniture and will provide year-round seating. For a more laid-back seating style, invest in some bean bags or large cushions so that children can sit down and lounge where they like.  

Add In Some Quirky Paths

If it has wheels, then kids usually love it. Including a hard surface in your garden, such as decking or paving, gives children a place that they can cycle, roller-blade or scoot. Whilst a standard patio is great, if you want to be more adventurous then consider a curved path. A path which winds and loops around the garden is much more fun than a straight path and can be the inspiration behind a lot of races and games.  
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Summertime is well and truly here and if you’re looking forward to relaxing in your garden with a nice, cool drink, then you’ve got a great summer ahead. But, if you’ve been tasked with planning a garden party, then you may be feeling a little stressed, especially with the unpredictability of the typical British weather! No matter if your garden is big or small, these tips will transform it into the perfect setting for your outdoor soiree.  

Our Tips For Planning a Garden Party:

 

Prepare For All Weathers

Let’s face it, British weather is volatile in the summer and can make planning a garden party a little tricky. You can get sunburnt and soaked in the same day. If you’re not the spontaneous type, then check the weather forecast in the week running up to your party. If rain or showers are predicted, then it may be best to invest in a gazebo for guests to shelter under if it does rain. If you’re hosting a party for a more formal occasion, like a wedding or birthday party, then luxury marquees are a great idea too!  

Ample, Comfy Seating

Ample seating is a garden party essential. No one wants to be standing around all day and, equally, no one wants to be sat on rickety chairs all evening either. Make the most of any camping chairs that may be gathering dust or, for a more permanent solution, invest in some good quality outdoor furniture, like wicker garden furniture. Add in some throws and cushions to make the seating more comfortable, or for people to use to sit on the grass if it is a warm evening.  

Outdoor Heating is an Essential

Even if your party manages to fall on the hottest day of the year, temperatures tend to drop in the evening. Investing in some outdoor heating will prevent your guests from leaving early, or taking refuge in your house. Chimneys, fire pits and heaters all make great choices and many can also double up as a grill. Nothing beats a chat by the fire whilst roasting marshmallows.  

Garden Bar

When it comes to planning a garden party, this is perhaps the most important thing. Every party guest loves a garden bar and a makeshift bar can be easily made using an old table and a nice tablecloth. The most important thing is the drinks you supply and how you store them – no-one likes a warm beer! Cooling buckets are essential and are easy to make using a plastic container and ice.  

Good Food

If there is one thing that is just as important as the drinks menu, it is the food menu. Barbecue food is the perfect partner for a garden party, and burgers and hotdogs are great options that everyone will enjoy. As well as the main food event, make sure that there are enough snacks to keep guests going through the party, especially if you feel like it will last most of the day. Make sure there are a good mix of meat and veggie options, hot and cold food and child-friendly nibbles and you can’t go wrong!
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The best thing about summer is being able to spend your free time out in the garden. It doesn’t matter if you have a large area of lawn, a private oasis or a compact courtyard, with all the fun that summer has to offer, make sure that your garden is ready for summer with these tips.  

Create a Seating Area

Firstly, create a spot in your garden that you can sit out in and enjoy the summer weather. Whether it’s a deckchair, colourful bench or a few rattan chairs, it’s easy to transform your garden area by simply adding in some seating.  

Paint Furniture in Bright Colours

Is there a better way to add a summer feel to your garden than with bright oranges, hot pinks and vibrant blues? Old furniture will get a new lease of life with a coat of bright paint, but make sure to use a paint that is suitable for outdoor use.  

Take Advantage of Large Patio Space

If you’re ready for a big project, then consider working on creating a beautifully paved patio in your garden. Imagine opening your patio doors on a warm day and stepping onto your lovely decking or tiled area, ready to spend a relaxing day in your outdoor haven. If you’re planning a summer garden party, then you can impress your guests with your new oasis – it’s sure to be a hit!  

Go Traditional

Adding classic furniture is the perfect way to add a touch of charm to a simple patio area. Wooden furniture is a good choice in the garden, as its natural tones will harmonise with the garden surroundings. Accessorise your table with napkins and table linen and add some comfortable seating cushions to give your garden a warm and inviting look.  

Make Small Spaces Fabulous

Even if you have a small garden space or terrace, you still have the canvas available to create an amazing space. Small bistro-style tables are perfect for compact gardens, and the addition of a few potted plants and flowers for colour and greenery will really make the space pop.  

Shine Bright

Your garden is the ideal place for you to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. Create an atmospheric space by adding in a water feature and some clever garden lighting. By adding in heat, water and light, you can create an oasis of calm, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. With a large table, comfortable seating and plenty of potted flowers and plants, your garden will really feel welcoming.  
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It is easy to disregard a small garden because some people may believe that there is no need to decorate a small space. However, having a small garden area can also give you the advantage to utilize the space creatively. So, you can make the most of having a small garden by following our recommendations just below. Adding Artificial Lawn One of the main elements of a garden is the greenery. Grass may be hard to reproduce if you have a stony concrete area, so having an artificial grass can create an instant aesthetic pleasing effect. You can choose a variety of faux grass too, and the greatest advantage of this idea is, it is simple to lay down and with minimal fuss, make your garden area look cosy. You also would not need to worry about mowing the lawn too! Planting on Your Walls It is important to exploit your small space with every opportunity possible. If there is a lack of space for your plants, consider planting up your walls. Think about varying your plant collection such as adding climbing plants like Chilean jasmine to add character to your garden. You can add texture and colours to the walls by adding various shrubs and perennials. Try tiered planters and hanging baskets to place your plants. Raised Platforms for Furniture You can add raised platforms such as cladding and raised stone beds in your garden area to make the most of the space. You can even add modern garden furniture such as cane furniture for that natural and minimalist look too. This way, you can add comfort to your garden too which is perfect for the summer season coming up! The Art of Illusion You can add small mirrors around the garden to frame the garden space to look bigger. This can range from a small mirror to full length to make it seem as if you’re entering a different world. It is also important to make sure that you have colourful buds and textured foliage to reflect the mirror image! All That Glitters  Depending on where the small garden space is situated, you may find that there may be a lack of sunlight throughout the year. So, consider investing in some small fairy lights around the plants to add some depth and warmth in the evenings. You can even add the lights in lanterns for that shabby chic style too. Otherwise, you can consider buying some spotlights to highlight certain areas in your garden. With all these ranges of ideas, hopefully, it has given you inspiration on sprucing up your small garden space. After all, you can get creative and upcycle various trinkets to personalise your garden even more. What’s more, you can enjoy the summer in your very backyard whilst you sit in your garden furniture.    
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This summer, you may just want to spend most of your time within the comforts of your own home. Still, now that you have more free time to spend in the garden, you are probably thinking about how to make the most of it in a short space of time. So, here are our top tips to stay on top of your garden in the hot weather below.

Watering Your Plants Regularly

Now, the start of the heatwave has begun, it is good to start getting into the habit of watering your plants regularly. The optimal time to water your plants is during the early evening, and you would need to water your plants in hanging baskets and containers twice a day too. This way, if it is during a hot day and you have already watered your plants in the morning, you are not at risk of having water within the plant-soil evaporating by the heat.

Selecting Good Quality Mulch

Mulch is necessary to protect your plants. Think of bark chips or garden prunings. They also break down slowly, and this means that they can provide a barrier to hold moisture within the plants by cooling the soil.

Throwing a BBQ

There is no summer season that does not involve a smoky BBQ! Not only it is a great excuse to throw a fun event to spend time with your family and friends, but you can enjoy delicious food too in a lovely hot weather. Make sure you prepare a variety of food to cater all guests. Still, you should consider having a comfortable outdoor furniture for your guests to be seated. This way, you can ensure an optimal environment for your guests to enjoy themselves in and this can be all in your back garden. Consider adding shades such as a parasol in case of dealing with sudden rain.

Mowing Your Lawn

Although it can be hard work, you should be mowing your lawn at least once a week. This way, you can maintain the health of your lawn. This includes weeding out certain areas in your lawn too. Of course, there are many more ways to maximise your garden. Yet, we hope that this list has given you initial ideas on what to do with your garden this summer. After all, you do not want to be taking the weather for granted and neglect your gardening maintenance!  
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When it comes to garden spaces, bigger is by no means better. If you’ve got a balcony, patio or small garden, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that you love with a little bit of planning and inspiration. Whilst we can’t design your garden for you, we can give you some great ideas to help get your imagination going and how to make the most out of the space you’ve got.

Bamboo Shelter

Add a little bit of Tuscany to your outdoor space with a rustic bamboo shelter. This style of covering will bring shade in the summer and protection in the windier weather. If you want to add some plants to your space, then it will also act as a trellis for climbing plants. You can easily add this style to any outdoor space.

Built-In Benches

Some freestanding furniture can be bulky and take up a lot of room. Maximise your space by incorporating some fixed seating and benches into your garden design. To add a splash of colour, incorporate some Moroccan-style cushions and blankets. Not all gardens have to be green, and the red tones will complement your garden features nicely.

Outdoor Dining

You can’t beat a bit of outdoor dining on a warm summer’s evening. If you want to add in an outdoor dining set, then think carefully about the space you have and the type of furniture you’re going to buy. There’s no point in having a large dining set taking up all of the limited room you have. Once you’ve found the set that’s right for your space, add an elegant tablecloth and some feature candles to turn your outdoor dining space into a luxurious one.

Add-In a Fire Pit

Adding warmth, ambience and light, a fire pit will bring so much to a garden. They’re available in a lot of different shapes and sizes, so there’s bound to be one that will work in your garden space, no matter how small. They make a great focal point, which you can then use as a feature point for the rest of your design.

Water Features

Whilst we don’t necessarily mean having a cascading waterfall in your garden space, you can get some great minimalist water features that are perfect for whatever space may be available to you. A water feature will make your garden a place of relaxation and peace and they make great focal points, as well as helping to create a tranquil environment.     
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Whilst the traditional way to store garden equipment is in a shed, not every garden has space, practicality or capacity for a small wooden building. There are a lot of practical alternatives that will keep your garden clutter free and tidy. Here are 4 ideas for storage solutions to keep your outdoor zone organised.

Hang It Up

A small area of your garden wall is a great place to attach a tool storage system. By using a pegboard, you can screw the board to the wall and add an assortment of trays and hooks to store your tools. Place the board at a height you can comfortably reach, but allow enough room underneath so that you can hang larger tools. If you need more storage space, place some more boards side by side. When you’re short on space, it makes sense to use up what you can to maximise your storage options. Alternatively, you could add it to the back of a door, but be careful that the things that are being stored don’t fall out when the door is opened.

Bench Storage

If you’re a craftsperson, then why not handcraft a bench? This way, you can easily incorporate storage whilst you do so. If your garden is an awkward shape or size, then building your own storage bench is the perfect solution. Design your bench so that the top part lifts off and allows easy access to the storage space below. To add a more stylish touch, add some brightly coloured or patterned cushions or blankets on top of the lid so that it is a truly comfortable seating area.

Layer Your Decking

You can easily add storage to your decking, it’s just about preparation and planning. If you already have decking or are planning on adding decking to your space, then incorporate storage into your plans. Make sure that the interior is waterproof, and the ground underneath is prepared with a solid gravel or concrete surface. For easy access to the items you’re storing, consider putting them in plastic storage bins and ensure that the hinges on the doors are galvanised to prevent rust forming.

Use Tubs For Toys

Having a small garden when you have children can be more of an inconvenience than a luxury. Whilst it’s lovely when children spend hours playing in the garden, children tend to have a habit of leaving their toys everywhere, which can seem a lot worse in smaller gardens. Make tidying up easy by using buckets with fun and easy to read labels on. For a more streamlined storage space, use an old wooden shelving unit so that the buckets have somewhere to be stored. If your shelving unit has a solid top shelf, this will also act as the protection to prevent rain from getting into the buckets.
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If you live in the city and are lucky enough to enjoy the privilege of a balcony, then you are sure to want to make it a relaxing place that you can enjoy all year round. A balcony offers a place to escape from busy city life, as well as entertain friends and family. So, if your balcony is on the boring side and you want to give it a new lease of life, here are some ways you can update it into a terrific terrace.

Add Plants and Flowers

Plants and flowers provide a sense of energy and life. They are inexpensive to buy and will transform your balcony space. As well as flower and plant choices, there are also numerous accessories, such as pots, planters and stands that you can choose from that will add to the style of your space. If you live in a particularly polluted area, then plants and flowers will act as a natural filter, protecting you from pollution and toxins.

Add a Rug Or Floor Cushions

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your balcony is to add a rug and some stylish floor/seating cushions. This is particularly effective if your floor is concrete or is stained in any way and will provide an instant refresh. There are so many different types of outdoor rugs available, and if your balcony gets its fair share of rain, then there are plenty of waterproof options available, too. Adding in some comfy floor or seating cushions provide a comfy place for visiting family and friends to sit, and helps to evoke a feeling of relaxation and hospitality.

Choose Brightly Coloured Furniture

The colour palette that you choose for your balcony will have a big effect on its overall appearance and style, and help to evoke charisma and character on a dull balcony. However, knowing which colours to choose, and how to add in some interesting tones, can be tricky. There aren’t any specific rules to follow, but you should choose colours that suit your personality and work well within the space and with any additional furniture that you have. If you want to avoid spending money on new furniture, then think on a smaller scale – you can upscale some pallets with paint to create a unique table or planter!

Clear Away The Clutter

Clutter is one of the biggest problems that can contribute to an outdoor space looking bland and unappealing. A simple de-clutter of your balcony might not seem that exciting, but it can work wonders for a small space and improve the aesthetic and ambience of your balcony. If you have a compact balcony or terrace, then this is even more important. Clutter can drastically alter the vibe of an outdoor space, especially if it’s small. Stick with a simple seating arrangement and add in a few potted plants for a small outdoor space which you can relax in.  
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When it comes to the garden space many of us share the space with a canine companion. Whether you call your friend Fido, Spot or something a little more unique, it is important that your garden works for both of you. In one instance it needs to be a great place to entertain, while in the other it needs to be a safe zone for both playing and relaxing for your dog. Good garden design can ensure that it is both. So, what can you do in order to ensure that your garden is as dog-friendly as possible for your four-legged friend?

Add Stimulation

Good entertainment for a dog is a vital component in any garden. Appropriate stimulation can also prevent them from doing things that you consider bad behaviour, such as digging up your flower bed. Toys, a water supply, doggy puzzles and even their own little den can be a great way to ensure they get the most of out of your garden space. Of course, you should also ensure you take them on at least one walk a day in order to maintain a healthy level of mental stimulation. You can only make your garden engaging enough to pass some of the day, not all of it.

Fences

A fence can be a necessary barrier for your furry friend, to either keep them in or out of certain areas of your garden. If you want a seating area away from the rambunctious play of your pet, a vegetable patch you would rather not have dug up or whatever else, a fence does the trick (unless your pooch happens to be an Olympic vaulter). There are a great number of options to suit whatever your needs are. The good thing about a fence is the fact that they can be a great anchor for growing climbing plants. In fact, if you want you could cover up the fence completely and make it seem almost ‘invisible’ if you grow enough greenery.

Avoid Toxic Plantlife

The last thing you want is for your dog to become ill as a result of a toxic plant in your garden. As such, researching ahead of time in regards to what plants are toxic to your pet before introducing them into the garden is vital. Some examples of this type of plant include the azalea, daffodil, tulip, foxglove, tomato, hydrangea, and even the amaryllis. Keep these either out of the garden completely or ensure that your dog cannot reach them (either by fencing them off or keeping them closed off in a greenhouse).

Secure Your Shed

Dogs like to explore, it’s a well-known fact, and they are not put off by the danger that their exploration can present. This means that if you have sharp, dangerous, tools or heavy things that can fall on them located in your shed, they will not be put off by this and most likely hurt themselves. This is why a lockable, inaccessible, shed is vital for any garden with a dog. Both to ensure they cannot get inside of it and that you can safely store anything that might be hazardous to their health.

But, Keep Your Style

Having a pooch use your garden doesn’t mean that you cannot still maintain a good style in the space, however. Especially as your outdoor furniture can add a level of style, whilst still helping to maintain that all-important dog-friendly aspect.
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