Great garden design isn’t just about planning and planting. It’s also about how you make your outdoor living space a beautiful and relaxing place to be. We think it would be a great shame to miss out on your patio or garden when the weather turns chilly. So I have called in Tina Andlaw, home and garden stylist extraordinaire, to give us a few design tips on how to stay warm … [Read more...] about Outdoor Fires – Warm Your Garden Patio With Designer Accessories
Last week, we looked at how to know if your garden needs a pergola, and if so, how to place one correctly, so that it looks good. This week, we're going to take a closer look at the details of styling option available, of which there are many... The material types and sizes you choose for your garden pergola will have an enormous impact on how it will look. It's really, … [Read more...] about Garden Pergolas pt 2 – Styles and materials: What should you choose for your garden?
Having a pergola in the garden can be a very nice feature as it adds height and year round interest. However, it is critical that they are correctly situated otherwise it could end up looking out of place and a bit of an eyesore! As wonderful as a pergola can look, they certainly don't suit every type of garden, so how can you tell if it will work well in … [Read more...] about Garden Pergolas pt 1 – How to know if your garden needs one?
Here's a little excerpt from the new Great Garden Formula 3.0 online course... A garden statue or sculpture make a perfect focal point when positioned correctly. The job of a good focal point is to draw the eye to certain parts of the garden as well as break up the monotony of the planting to create additional interest. They are especially valuable in the winter months when … [Read more...] about Garden focal points – Statues and sculptures: How to choose the right ones
There are an amazing selection of garden pots available these days. Everything from classical terracotta, through to modern glazed urns in different shapes, sizes and colours. Pots can make a great focal point, regardless of whether they have plants in them or not. If you have a nice urn shape, they are very well-suited to just standing empty in amongst planting as shown in … [Read more...] about Garden pots – How to use decorative pots in your garden
Using a mirror in the garden can create a whole new dimension, especially if your garden is very small, as correctly using a mirror creates an illusion that can make it look twice the size. What size of mirror should you use in your garden? Well, that all comes down to the type of effect you are trying to achieve. There are many different things you can do with a mirror … [Read more...] about Garden mirrors – How to effectively use them in your garden
Garden gazebos make stunning and functional focal points. Design wise, they draw your eye down the garden and entice you to go and relax in them with a good book and a snack. Is a gazebo is right for your garden design? Much of your decision will come down to space. Gazebos do tend to be at least 2 metres wide. Yes, you can get them a little smaller than that, but they … [Read more...] about Garden Gazebos – How to Choose the Right Gazebo for Your Garden
Last time we looked at ponds in detail, this time we are going to look at water features. Water features tend to have a lot less water than ponds. This is because, usually, there is a reservoir underneath the feature which pumps the water into it and it recirculates. Because there's less water on show, it means it easier to keep it clean and because there isn't the … [Read more...] about Water features – Part 2
Water in the garden can bring an exciting element into your design. Moving water has both the visual and auditory component to it and is good to take your mind away from surrounding noises of the urban environment. You can of course put in a still water pond, but for most gardens, with smaller water size features, it's worth getting a pond pump to keep the water … [Read more...] about Pond and water feature ideas – Part 1
For many, a garden is simply an outside space that is purely functional and they give little thought to the aesthetics of their garden. However, the truth is, a garden can be just as functional with added beautiful design features. Plus, you won’t only have a functional garden, but a beautifully designed one as well. A brilliant way to make your garden look wonderful is … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Create a Stunning Focal Point in your Garden