Making Small Structures In The Garden

Pergolas, arbors, gazebos and other small structures open to the air provide pleasant places for shelter or simply to sit in and enjoy the view of your garden. They can also provide interesting and attractive focal points in the garden.

It is important to make sure all these structures are generously proportioned but not too large or grandiose for the size and style of garden you are creating, otherwise they will be overbearing and detract from the beauty of the garden itself.

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Tree Schemes In The Winter Garden

The importance of trees in winter garden design can easily be overlooked. In summer they are part of the scene, making masses of leafy growth, but in winter, when the bare branches are revealed, they often have a majestic beauty.


Trees need to be looked after as much as small plants to give their best. The best trees have either colored stems or create wonderful silhouettes against the light. Mature trees might well need thinning at some stage if they are to be effective. Lopping off branches lets light get to the ground, where there are bulbs, and also makes sure that the tree has an open, striking outline. It is also important to make sure that any twiggy growth sprouting out of the base of the trunk is removed, giving a clean look.

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Tips To Design A Narrow Garden

Tips To Design A Narrow Garden – The main problem with a narrow gardens is that they can feel like you’re standing in a corridor. In a narrow garden your eye is drawn straight to the boundaries making the space seem small and claustrophobic. This type of garden does not invite exploration and the furthest parts of the garden often remain dark, dank and unused. Counteracting the claustrophobic feeling and giving the impression of greater space and depth are the main challenges when designing a narrow garden.

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Garden Rocking Chairs

Garden Rocking Chairs – For years, individuals have dropped into garden rocking chairs to find rest. At the end of a long day, they have soothed their tired bodies and minds. They have rocked on their porches, soaked in the outdoors through their senses, and observed the activities of animals and other humans.

Garden rocking chairs now come in other materials besides wood, but they continue to offer a combination of two remedies for stress and weariness. The enjoyment of the outdoors, combined with the physical motion of rocking, brings a sense of peace and well-being to many people.

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What You Need To Create A Backyard Oasis

What You Need To Create a Backyard Oasis – Today’s hottest trend is creating a welcoming space in your backyard. While extravagant backyard oasis sometimes include features like swimming pools with cascading waterfalls or full kitchens complete with refrigerators, you can renovate your backyard without breaking the bank. From adding a patio to tree cutting, here are a few tips for an inexpensive update to your backyard.

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Colors Make A Difference On Decks And Porches

Colors Make A Difference On Decks And Porches – Are you looking to make a statement with your wooden deck or porch? Do you want to enhance the color scheme or architectural charm of your home’s exterior? The following deck ideas will help to get you started.

Finish your patios, decks, porches or planters with colors to lend a bold charm to surfaces. For example, perk up your deck planters using this season’s hottest tropical hues. For maximum impact, select a hue from your planter’s color palette and fill the container generously with overflowing blooms.

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