Category: Exteriors

The concept of an outdoor cinema is nothing new, with drive-in cinema’s having been a popular activity for the past few decades. However, on a hot sunny day sometimes you want to stay at home and relax with your friends and family. So, why not bring the outdoor cinema to you? Continue Reading
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Bushes and shrubs provide luscious greenery to your garden all year-round. While some will have beautiful flower displays, others will simply add texture and volume to your outdoor space. What’s more, they’re often extremely low maintenance and practically take care of themselves! Here’s a look at some of the best low maintenance bushes and shrubs you can include in your garden: Continue Reading
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June is the month that truly kickstarts summer. As the weather starts to heat up, it’s important to prep your garden for the long, sunny days ahead. Although the garden is in full swing, there is still lots to be getting on with. And there’s no better time to do this than June! So, here are some essential June gardening tips to be getting on with: Continue Reading
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Growing your own produce is extremely fulfilling, not to mention a great step towards sustainability. Busying yourself in the garden tending to your fruit and vegetables is an enjoyable hobby during spring and summer, but it can leave you with little to do over the winter months. Unless you’ve for a greenhouse, of course. A greenhouse gives you a little more freedom when it comes to what you can grow, and even gives your less hardy plants a home when the cold weather hits. Continue Reading
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If you’re one of the thousands of people living in the urban jungle, you’ll know all about the struggle to create a beautiful, luscious garden. You may have lots of ideas, but very little space to execute them. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, fat from it. Small gardens have lots of advantages, including the ability to design an effortlessly cosy, homely space.  Continue Reading
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Over the years, the popularity of sustainable gardening has risen thanks to the increase in awareness. By definition, “sustainability” is to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. In short, this means we must look for ways to become self-sufficient that will consequently benefit our health and the planet. So, if you’re interested in sustainable gardening but aren’t sure where to start, follow our top tips below:

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Winter time brings with it plenty of magic and wonder; particularly as we near towards Christmas. So, what better way to celebrate the changing season than with a magical winter garden? There are plenty of ways you can transform your garden into something spectacular this winter. Here’s our guide with everything you need to know to create the perfect magical winter garden: Continue Reading
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The cold weather can have potentially destructive effects on your garden. Rain, snow, and frost in particular can cause irreversible damage. To stop this, there are some preventative measures you can take before the cold weather hits. There are also some steps to follow afterwards in order to restore your garden. Here’s a look into common gardening problems during the winter and how to treat them. Continue Reading
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It feels like we’ve been thrust into the colder months sooner thanks to our unusually hot summer. Now it’s time to think about how to look after your garden in winter. Though many of us like to prepare our garden in the autumn and then leave it completely until spring arrives; there are maintenance touches you can be doing to ensure it remains in top condition. Continue Reading
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This year we’ve had one of the hottest summer’s on record which has encouraged more people to spend time outdoors in their garden. However, it can be easy to forget about your garden as the weather starts to turn and the leaves start to fall. But as we get deeper into autumn, there are some key trends emerging for you to keep your garden up-to-date. Don’t fall behind once summer ends, stay in the know with our top 5 gardening trends this autumn: Continue Reading
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Gardening is used by many as a form of stress relief and escapism from busy work schedules. The time spent outdoors with nature, combined with the satisfaction of watching your plants bloom, is cited by healthcare professionals as a natural therapy. See below our top tips for how to relieve stress by gardening: Continue Reading
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During the winter, it can be easy to neglect our gardens. The thought of braving the cold to tend to plants can put off even the most keen gardeners. Your garden itself may be a little lacklustre, giving you less motivation to touch it until springtime. However, things are a little different when it comes to a greenhouse. It’s a place where you can see your plants flourish despite the frosty weather surrounding it. Here are our top tips when it comes to what to plant in your winter greenhouse: Continue Reading
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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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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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  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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