Going Green in the Garden …

Going Green in the Garden …

Garden Furniture and Accessories …

By 2050, with a projected increased global population of 9.6 billion, we would need the equivalent of almost 3 planets worth of resources to sustain our way of living, if our current consumption and production patterns remain the same. These statistics provided by the United Nations don’t look good, and nearly all authorities on climate change agree that it is a man-made issue. The good news is that many people are being motivated to make changes in their lifestyles to decrease negative impact on the environment. One major area that can be altered for leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle is right in your own backyards, literally. There are many ways to build and maintain a garden that is both environmentally friendly and enjoyable.

Sourcing quality, eco-friendly patio furniture is a great place to start the journey to an eco-friendly and enjoyable garden.  When trees are cut down for the purposes of making furniture, it increases the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Consider purchasing furniture made from reclaimed materials to cut down on deforestation.  Buying good quality furniture helps to ensure that you don’t have to replace it frequently, saving both money and resources. Invest in solar powered patio lights to save energy, as well as making sure that pools and spas are using the most energy efficient equipment available. 

Types of Plants …

Although plants are inherently eco-friendly organic life forms, there are certain types of plants that will help to move a home garden toward fully sustainable and eco-friendly.  Drought tolerant plants are a good place to start. In the nursery, look for plants that have silver or greyish leaves that reflect sunlight, as many of these are do not require much water.  Lavender, aloe, eucalyptus, poppies and rosemary are all good places to start when it comes to drought tolerant plants.  It’s also important to choose plants that optimize carbon dioxide absorption. Scientists believe that the planting of trees to absorb excess carbon emissions will be a viable and long term solution to the worrying amounts of carbon dioxide currently in our atmosphere.  Oaks, pines and yellow poplars are some of the best trees for absorbing carbon.  Finally, planting a vegetable garden can have a huge impact on the environment. Not only will you save money on delicious produce, but just one pound of veggies grown in an organic backyard garden, saves two pounds of carbon dioxide from commercial farming machinery.

Gardening Habits …

As well as the types of plants in the garden, the way they are tended can have an impact on the environment, starting with fertiliser.  Synthetic fertilisers are one of the greatest contributors of greenhouse gases, as well as manure, which releases methane into the atmosphere.  Instead, use compost that you can make right in your own backyard. Compost bins can be bought or made at home, then simply toss food scraps, garden clippings, and paper waste into the bin.  You’ll save money on fertilizer and make sure that kitchen scraps aren’t going to waste. To save on water, use mulch to reduce evaporation and water plants deeply every few days to promote healthy and deep roots which makes plants more drought tolerant.

Going green in the garden can seem like a daunting task at first glance, but in the end will bring great satisfaction. Adjusting sustainability levels in your garden will save money, contribute to your health by reducing chemicals in your life, and help heal the environment.

6 Amazing Garden Furniture Ideas for Small Spaces …

6 Amazing Garden Furniture Ideas for Small Spaces …

What to do you when you have a small garden & still wish to make it modern and stylish?

Well, it’s not that difficult if you think about it. With a little imagination and some simple planning when selecting the furniture you can create an eye catching space no matter how small it is.

Below are just a few ideas for inspiration.

IDEA # 1: STORAGE BENCHES:

A Garden Bench is always an attractive addition to any outdoor space but benches with storage included also solve the problem with available space where small areas are concerned.

strorage benches in small gardens

IDEA # 2: BISTRO SETS:

Bistro Sets are just perfect for any small garden. The word ‘bistro’ is closely associated with smaller spaces and this type of garden set generally has a lot of character in their designs, particularly if you shop around.

garden bistro sets in small spaces

IDEA # 3: SINGLE CHAIRS:

Let’s face it there’s nothing like relaxing in a comfy chair involved in your favourite pass time or simply just whiling away the time. And in smaller spaces a well presented chair can make all the difference to the atmosphere.

small chairs for small gardens

IDEA # 4: BENCHES:

Garden Benches are, in many ways, quintessentially British.

And the great thing is there such a vast array of different designs out there that you are guaranteed to find something that suits perfectly.

In smaller spaces they also offer a compact option for more than one person to sit and enjoy the outdoors.

IDEA # 5: CONVERTIBLE FIRE PIT:

Fire Pits have come a long way since the concept first came about and now they come in a whole host of different designs and sizes.

In smaller spaces a table and chair set with a Fire pit built in offers the perfect solution for alfresco dining in the summer months.

IDEA # 6: LANTERNS:

Outdoor Lanterns look great in smaller spaces as they are decorative both in design and for bringing the space to life when they’re in action.

Again there is loads of choice here so shop around to avoid disappointment.

Garden Colours That Are in Season Right Now

Garden Colours That Are in Season Right Now

As outdoor paint manufacturers expand their colour palettes it can be difficult to decide on a colour scheme for the garden. Some people like the furniture and accessories to be bright and noticeable while others prefer a more subdued, classic look which allows the flowers to take centre stage. Whatever your taste, you’ll find some inspiration from colours in season this year in our quick look list.

Greys …

Lamp Room Grey and Elephant’s Breath are Farrow and Ball shades that have become very popular over the last 12 months. They are ideal for properties in conservation areas as they allow building to blend neatly into the surroundings. These colours are also great for those who love a subdued minimalistic look. Along with garden furniture they are also popular for exterior woodwork such as windowsills and fascias.

grey garden colours

Blue Hues …

Blue is a very popular colour for the garden as there are few plants that flower with this hue, cornflowers and pansies being an exception. A blue backdrop can look exquisite when paired with the yellow of an Arthur Bell floribunda rose or the striking blood red of an open poppy. For a subtler colour, many choose lavender or duck egg blue, which are blues with a hint of the grey mentioned above. For a more striking appearance, sky blue blends with the vista on a warm summers day and brings sunshine to the garden no matter what the weather.

blue hues  look great for novelty coolers

Limes and Lemons …

Ikea has made limes fashionable again and while it’s often see adorning children’s furniture; lime is a great colour for a garden. It can be paired with other bright colours such as lemon to really add a playful theme and there are a lot of garden furniture paint manufacturers who sell this shade. Lime can be a great backdrop for red and blue flowers adding a contrast that’s striking. If you like green but are not fond of lime, sage green is also very fashionable in the garden this year and can add a country cottage feel.

limes and lemons make striking garden colors

Pastels …

All pastels are in season in the garden, especially for painting garden furniture. Pastel pinks, blues, greens and creams add a subtle hint of colour to any garden. You can also buy garden parasols to compliment the colours you use while a range of garden furniture can be transformed with the use of outdoor cushions.

Essentially, the colours you choose for your garden depend on your taste alone. As long as the colours make you smile, it really doesn’t matter what’s in season or not.

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