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Bringing The Garden Indoors

Bringing The Garden Indoors

Why not consider injecting some life into your home this summer by bringing the garden indoors? Not only is it extremely fashionable to have lots of deep green foliage and colourful plants around the house, there’s a number of health benefits associated with bringing the garden indoors. With spring approaching, a lot of people will be focused on getting their garden ready for summer parties by planting beautiful flowers and tending to their lawn and looking for garden statues for sale, yet with so many benefits to bringing the garden indoors it might be worth considering making this an equal priority. 1. THEY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY We often forget how important the quality of the air we breathe each day is to our health.… Read Full Post
Turn Your Garden Into A Great Entertaining Space

Turn Your Garden Into A Great Entertaining Space

Some people like to use their garden for growing vegetables and flowers but that takes a fair amount of hard work. Why not consider using your garden as a great entertaining space instead? When the summer comes back around it’s the perfect place for hosting parties and bbq’s (and you can even set it up for some winter evening events!). It’ll take a bit of work to get it all set up, so here are a few tips and tricks to get you going.   Patio Area When you’re creating the perfect entertainment area in the garden you need to build a focal point in the garden where you can put furniture for people to sit around. Proficient Patios is one good option because it’s a no fuss staging area that doesn’t require much upkeep.… Read Full Post
Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Somethings are just better left to the experts, but the garden is often not one of them. If it looks exactly how you want it to, then maintaining it yourself can be a pleasure. However, if it is not how you’d like it to look, then things are definitely best left to the experts. There are plenty of things you can do to change the look of your garden for the summer. The summer might seem like a far cry away for a lot of us, but it’ll come round quicker than we know it. So we’ve got some garden renovation ideas that we know you’ll love, but that are definitely best left to the experts. A Dip In A Pool A pool to a lot of people seems like a thing of luxury; a pool is an area of fun, relaxation, and beauty.… Read Full Post
Garden Features

Garden Features

Your garden is an important aspect of your home. You want to be able to sit in your garden and enjoying spending them there. Even with  some fantastic plants and lovely garden furniture,  you may feel like it is missing something. With that in mind, here are three potential garden features. Water Features Few gardens are complete without some kind of water feature.  This can be lovely and add extra depth and color to your garden. Options can include a fish pond, simple reflection pool, or perhaps a fountain or stream. Either way, a water feature can be a great garden feature and provide the focal point your garden needs. Moving water comes with a distinct and unique sound that makes your garden that much more relaxing.… Read Full Post
DIY Retaining Wall Makeover

DIY Retaining Wall Makeover

Its been a crazy busy time for us– there seem to be an unending number of projects and tasks for us to take on in our new home. Nonetheless, this DIY retaining wall project has been one of my favorites!  We spent about two hours working on this and I couldn’t be more please with the results. Just see for yourself… We were lucky to have a pile of this limestone already on site. Before starting we decided to use what we had, not to buy any more, but hopefully to get the height we needed. The old railroad ties originally used for this retaining wall have seen better days. This is on the backside of our house, and the saying “out of sight, out of mind” was probably never more true than here.… Read Full Post
Grow Up!  DIY trellis structures. 

Grow Up!  DIY trellis structures. 

Short on space? Trying to block the neighbor’s view?  Adding a trellis may be the solution you need.  From edible vegetables to beautiful flowering vines, trellises can contain plants and keep them growing well in small spaces. Creating Privacy A trellis is a simple way to add a visual barrier for unwanted views. Providing instant privacy, ornamental panels may not even require plants to do their job. I prefer to use premade panels with wide lattice in this situation, blocking views without much effort. You can find more on this project installing privacy panels here.   Existing chain link fences can also work to your advantage. Consider a fast growing vine to weave throughout and keep a green barrier intact. Good plants for this include passionvine, sky vine and confederate jasmine.… Read Full Post
Create Your Own Orchid Green Wall

Create Your Own Orchid Green Wall

As part of our garden renovations a big change was taking down the large sweet viburnum on the corner of our shed.  I completely understand that this plant is in the wrong place. While many people try to keep Viburnum obovatum as a 3 foot tall shrub, it truly wants to be a 30 foot tall tree. I knew for a long time that this needed to come out, but it has been the place for me to plant orchids in trees as a fail safe way to grow my orchids. So finally this tree has been removed. Right plant, right place never rang more true.   This has left me with the very predictable issues of now both having many orchids that need a new home and a now very visible garden shed.… Read Full Post
Installing a Disappearing Fountain

Installing a Disappearing Fountain

This has by far and away been one of my most rewarding projects. Installing a disappearing fountain has been a wish list project for a really long time. I go to trade shows and see all of these beautiful fountains but never actually purchase or move forward until now. As I was shopping for the containers for my new privacy panels, I came across this beauty. Just look at the color! Waiting for this perfect fountain is exactly the reason I’ve been holding off on installing a disappearing fountain!  And, I am happy that it has a little chip in the bottom so it was 40% off. I knew we wanted to place our fountain directly in the site line from our kitchen.… Read Full Post
Installing Privacy Panels

Installing Privacy Panels

Our yard renovations continue! One of the first projects I wanted to complete first was installing these privacy panels. Simple materials with a very design forward feel and I was instantly in love. Our privacy panels project shows care and thought while also providing a beautiful place to show off specimen plants. When we first started meeting, one point I mentioned is really important to us is to maintain privacy. Our small yard means our neighbors are very close by and we want to have a visual barrier between us (two cheers for bamboo!). But a bamboo enclosure probably doesn’t make complete sense, even though tempting. On the plan from landscape architect Joe Brooks you can see how this looks. We already have some of these panels in our yard to keep the chickens from tearing up our yard and/or escaping.… Read Full Post
Adding a Garden Mirror

Adding a Garden Mirror

When I visit other gardens I am always looking for “take away” ideas. These are the ideas and things I can see myself adding to my own garden. It is one thing to visit an elaborate home or public garden and see ideas you know you will never be able to afford or have the space to complete, but it is another thing to look for small pieces for your own private space. In this case, adding a garden mirror was my take away from a recent trip. Why Add a Garden Mirror? In the case of my aunt and uncle, they added their garden mirror because it both held sentimental value and made their space look larger. This divided mirror was originally in the home of my aunt’s family cabin.… Read Full Post

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