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Natural-looking gardens are terribly popular now. They are fashionable, wildlife-friendly and practical, ideal for the not-so-tidy person or for anyone who is too busy for a fussy kind of garden. Wild roses and single-flowered shrub roses should be planted with perennials and grasses chosen to create a more natural, old-fashioned look. Examples include globe thistles (Echinops bannaticus), monkshood (Aconitum), and salvia (Salvia nemorosa). They also make good companions for many of the ornamental grasses such as blue oat grass (Helictotrichon), Festuca scoparia and F. ovina, which are also suitable as underplanting for floribunda and hybrid tea roses.
Decorating With Outdoor Clocks – The garden and patio have become an extensions of our inside living space. We spend a great deal of time decorating both the garden and the patio area where we entertain. As well as all those great furnishings, your yard décor should include an outdoor clock.
You can find all kinds of great outdoor clocks to compliment your garden décor. Thermometers, barometric pressure meters, even weather forecasting stations can all be part of your outdoor clock. They are also available in sizes that range from small to large. The great thing about outdoor clocks is their ruggedness and most don’t require electricity because they run on batteries.
A Sunken Garden Design – You can make your garden more interesting by providing occasional changes in level. By raising a garden or lowering a paved area, you can create small enclosures that are ideal as sheltered, outdoor living spaces especially when a retaining wall can double as bench seating. On the other hand, you may want to create a sunken haven for shade-loving plants or an elevated patch of lawn to act as a sun trap.
The Best Position For Deck And Garden Gazebos – One of best ways to extend your outdoor living space is by adding a gazebo. These pretty garden structures were originally used in Victorian times to shade fashionably pale ladies from the sun. Now they’re being turned into everything from cozy eating areas to kid’s playhouses, and getaway spaces to meditate.
But why is it that some gazebos blend so naturally into the backyard like they’ve been there forever, while others look stiff, awkward and stick out like a sore thumb?