Planning The Barbecue Area And Built-in Seats

Planning The Barbecue Area And Built-in Seats – There are many ways in which built-in seats can be used in the garden, apart from alongside a barbecue, and they can often double up for other purposes. Walls for raised beds or surrounding pools make a perfect perch.

Integral timber seats are an obvious choice for framing the edge of timber decking, or for surrounding a raised planter. Wooden or metal seats around a tree can form a charming focal point, providing somewhere to pause in the shade of overhanging foliage. You can buy off-the-peg design in wood, but they all tend to look pretty similar, so why not build your own?

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Hidden Beauty Of Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens – During the grey and cold days of winter, our gardens lack the vibrant colors and intoxicating scents of the other seasons.


However, if you have paid attention to the basic definition of your landscaping, winter is the time when silhouettes of bushes and trees and dried seed heads or bright winter berries come into play. Woody plants with beautiful bark and interesting architectural structure can form the backbone of your winter garden.

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Creating Landscape That Children Love

Creating Landscape That Children Love – When you are planning a re-design of your garden landscape, it is important to take into consideration the needs of your children. While many of the in-vogue looks are stunningly beautiful, not all of them are very conducive to the lifestyle of children. If you are a parent looking to make some major changes in your yard, then the following elements can be wonderful additions to consider:

1. Different levels: If your property has a slant or slope to it at all, then adding some levels into the landscape can be both beautiful and functional for children. Give your kids something to climb over with some large rocks, retaining walls, fenced areas, and other such features that will add varied layers to your yard.

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Annual Flowers In Fall Garden

Annual Flowers In Fall Garden – These are the easiest to grow and most popular annual plants for the fall garden. Try them yourself: ageratum, alyssum, antirrhinum, calendula, centaurea, clarkia, cosmos, larkspur, pinks, godetia, gypsophila, helichrysum, impatiens, linaria, lobelia, nasturtium, nemesia, nicotiana, phlox, poppy, salvia, stock, sweet pea, tagetes, verbena, viola and zinnia.

–  Wait until all risk of frost is past before you buy summer bedding plants, unless you can keep them under cover. Plant them out when you see your town parks department put theirs out.

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Building A Rain Garden

Rain gardens are located to receive runoff from hard a surface such as a roof, a downspout, a sidewalk or a driveway. Rain garden is easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water.

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Winter Plants: Cyclamen

Cyclamen are a seasonal flowering plant, available during the winter months. Cyclamen are ideally suited to growing in a shaded rockery or naturalized in the light shade of woodland borders. As well as shapely, marbled foliage, Cyclamen have the most elegant, sweptback flowers in shades of pink, white or carmine, often accompanied by a seductive fragrance. With cool temperatures, bright light, and a feeding every two weeks, Cyclamen can reward you with several months of beautiful flowers.

Cyclamen are very popular flowering houseplants that are exceptionally beautiful and very striking. If possible, keep your cyclamen in an unheated room that maintains a daytime temperature of no more than 68°F.

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