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Planting Garden Bulbs

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

Summer Bulbs are a great addition to any garden as they will provide colour year after year and can even provide additional flowers to be divided and planted in another part of the garden. Unlike normal flowers these flowers do not need to be planted each year, they are hardy in nature, and there is a colour, size or shape that should suit any gardening need.

Summer Bulbs are one of the easiest types of flowers or plants to nurture and cultivate. For the next season, the best types of bulbs to grow to include true bulbs such as Asiatic and Oriental lilies, corms like gladiolus and crocosmia, tubers, examples of which are begonia, caladium or dahlia, and rhizome crops such as agapanthus and canna. (more…)

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Dahlia: A flower from a tuber

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

 

Perennial plants are small flowering plants that live for two years or more. The word perennial is used to distinguish a plant based on its life span. Perennial plants are commonly known as they bloom spring and summer season and dies every autumn. Having a huge rebirth of its popularity, garden owners realised that one popular perennial plant named Dahlias provides a wide array of beautiful and stunning colours. These plants bloom its wonderful flowers from mid-summer season to the first frost. Similarly to other perennial plants, these Dahlias take the delight of the warmth to be reproduced in subsequent waves. Positioned in a sunny place with rich soil on its roots Dahlias will never fail to give you excellent blooming flowers. With the constant evolution range that Dahlias have, variety in different flowers that it reproduces from their colours as well as their looks, they have been common flowers that are sold both in flower boutiques and on online retail stores. (more…)

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Sculpting Hedges in Your Garden

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

A nice touch to gardens with hedges that stand independently in an ornamental fashion in your garden is to have them sculpted into a simple shape, such as an oval, a square, a diamond and you can even decorate them with a few solar garden lights to create a cool lighting effect at night. Though for the more complex shapes you will need to hire a landscaper to translate your ideas into a work of art that you would love to see in your garden.

You can even spend a few hours trimming the large hedges outside your home if you have them marking the borders of your gardens.

If you don’t have any hedges you can buy some free standing potted hedges and sculpt them too. You can even get the artificial types that should have a tidy fixed shape that will look nice in your garden and will require very little upkeep.

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Installing Garden Gates Liverpool: Here are the Top 5 Considerations

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Whether it is about your privacy, making the home blend in with the neighbourhood, or just enhancing the aesthetics of the home, there are several factors that a homeowner needs to consider when choosing a garden gate.

The following are the top five considerations:

  1. Opening the Gate

The gate can swing either outwards toward the street or inwards towards the home. Alternatively, it could slide either to the right or to the left of the boundary wall. The most critical thing in determining how the gate will open is the slope of the driveway and curvature of the wall. A swinging gate would not work efficiently in an upward sloping surface if it opens towards the up-slope. Pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic are important aspects to consider when considering an outward swinging garden gate as these gates may block the pavement. A curved boundary wall cannot be used with a sliding garden gate as it may get stuck.

  1. Style of the Gate

Residential estates may have certain requirements or restrictions on types of gates that may be used. For instance, garden gates Liverpool may have to adhere to a certain standard of construction according to neighbourhood or street. However, that is not all the homeowner needs to think about. Matching the gate with the house’s style can do a lot to improve the aesthetics of your home. Townhouses and grand old residences look good with aluminium or tubular steel gates that come with ornate Classique or Gothic tops.

  1. Gate Colour

The colour of the gate, style, and material your gate is made of, is the first impression visitors and passers-by will get about the home. Painting the gate an attractive colour serves to enhance garden aesthetics while showcasing the owners personality. Besides, Aluminium Garden gates Liverpool can be made more durable through powder coating which could add years of use to the gate.

  1. Accessing the Home

Depending on the privacy or level of security required, there may be several options on using the gate.

  1. a) Manual Access: Opening the gate by hand is one of the oldest and simplest ways to get into your home. However, it can be quite inconvenient since it requires either a key, a code, or padlock. These would call for special arrangements or wait times when the household is entertaining guests, people are in a rush, or are dealing with bad weather.
  2. b) Remote Control Access: Easy to open the gate particularly when approaching an outward swinging gate in a vehicle. Depending on settings, it may be possible to allow guests into the property without needing to go out to let them in.
  3. c) Intercom Access: Coming with a security camera, the intercom is one of the safest ways of access that allows for the utmost levels of security and privacy.
  4. Powering the Gate

Unless the owner goes for manual gates, there is a need to determine how the gate will be powered. The easiest solution is running electrical cables from the house to the driveway. Alternatively, they can go for solar powered gates, which not only save them money, but are also eco-friendly. Moreover, the inconvenience of being locked out of the home during a power outage, or the risk of underground cables being cut, is eliminated in one stroke.

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Tidying Up Your Rockery!

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 6:22 am

The weather has mostly been great recently and there are more days of summer promised in the day’s ahead; providing the weather stays good in the coming days. So with this in mind, it may be worth getting to work in your garden and making it look great for the summer (if not already).

If you have a rockery feature in your garden that has become boring over the years, then you may want to remove all the stones and then redesign the rockery area; maybe even expand or shrink the boundaries. Then you can remove the weeds and put down some new topsoil afterwards; you may also want to clean the stones – if they wear well the stones can can be jet washed,. It may be a good idea to clean them before putting them back with the new design.

As an idea, you can have herbs in the rockery instead of the usual plants, and plant some rosemary, thyme, parsley etc… They will look great with the right arrangement, and you will always have fresh herbs handy for when you need them.

You can then get some small garden ornaments to dot around the rockery area to match the stones and herbs; when you have the right contrast and balance, it’s going to look super awesome for a few or more years to come.

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