5 Ideas To Make Your Garden POP

All gardens are beautiful, but if you want design features your guests will remember and your family will treasure, you might have to think outside the box. Creativity is the key to making a strong impression. Don’t do anything the way everyone else does it. Try something new. Go with something bold and out of the ordinary and adapt these exciting ideas to your unique style.

1. Add and Aquaponics Water Feature

Water features can be practical as well as beautiful. Consider a working waterfall raining down upon hanging or fixed planters to water them. The planters are filled with grow bed medium and beautiful plants, so your water will stay clean. Finally, after working through a system of numerous planters and waterfalls, the water babbles quietly through a final waterfall into a 300 to 600 gallon decorative fish pond. You could raise Koi for their beauty or Tilapia for your table.

Aquaponics system designs could be natural or something quite modern and abstract. Materials could be stones and concrete, decorative hammered copper and glass or any number of decorative materials. Many people are creating practical aquaponics systems that are utilitarian and designed to grow vegetables and fish, but it is possible to create intense beauty with an aquaponics system as well. Aquaponics systems self water plants, using bell siphons so they require very little maintenance, and the sound of their many waterfalls is absolutely enchanting.

2. Build Matching Walkways, Seating and Planters

There are many methods and materials that can be use to build a wonderland in your garden. Stone is always a good choice, but stamped or decorative concrete can mimic stone, brick, wood, marble or any other surface very convincingly at a fraction of the cost. A good concrete contractor can build both vertical and horizontal surfaces with the same patterns and materials. You will find his fees quite reasonable compared to the price of stone and the entire job will look like it cost a fortune.

3. A Custom Archway Trellis or Arbor with Built In Planters

Trellises and arbors can be so beautiful, but it takes forever for plants in the ground to reach the top of the trellis. Why not design an arbor with planters along the sides and built into the top for flowering plants. By combining the idea of vertical gardening with the old fashioned arched trellis one can have an amazing look almost immediately instead of having to wait for vines to grow to eight feet high? This way all types of flowering plants could be incorporated easily.

4. Build planters on the Top of your Garden Fences

Why not attach long planters to the tops of your fence posts so that they sit on top of the fence in a uniform row. This will add height, not only to your fence but to your garden. You and your guests will be able to enjoy your tall garden as a row of flowers or greenery at a new and unexpected height. This idea would work with any fence height including tall privacy fences. Consider filling the new fence planters with native violets and allowing them to trail down the fence in ample cascades of mauve and white blossoms and deep green foliage.

5. Consider an Exciting Designer Hammock

There are two stunning hanging furniture designs by Dedon, an Italian furniture company. Either would provide a stunning impression. Dedon makes an exciting 2 meter wide hanging teardrop shaped pod made of woven Dedon Fiber and stuffed with exciting outdoor cushions. Another possibility might be their Swingrest daybed. This round garden bed can be suspended or its swivel Corian base can be placed on the ground.

Mike Smith is a home decorator who uses Premium Pools and Gardens for all of his outdoor needs.






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Beautiful Bathroom Fixtures and accessories

Spring is a time of change and renewal. Time to look at the world with fresh eyes, so it’s only natural that so many of us begin to think about renovating or redecorating our homes.

As many of you know my husband and I have been renovating our home since the day we moved in six and a half years ago! It’s been a long slow process and I bet that by the time we’re finished we’ll be thinking of moving! One of the projects that we hope to complete this year is upgrading our upstairs bathroom and completely renovating our basement. Our basement also has a bathroom so that means we’ll be working on two bathrooms!

If you are in the midst of upgrading or renovating your bathroom you might want to visit Home & Stone. They have a wide selection of bathroom fixtures from which to choose.

tubandshowersets.jpg Whether you are just changing the style of your bathroom by changing the decor or completely renovating a bathroom you’ll find just about everything you need at Home & Stone. They carry a beautiful selection of Air tubs and Whirlpools, showers, shower seats, tub and shower sets, walk in tubs, faucets, steam units and saunas, toilets and Bidets, bathroom vanities and basins.

Not only do they carry all the major bathroom fixtures that you’d need to complete a bathroom they also have a wide selection of bathroom related accessories ranging from items like towel warmers, medicine and curio cabinets to mirrors.

bas123-medium.jpg There are literally hundreds of bathroom fixtures to choose from and all of them have been chosen for their high quality.

They’re having a weekend sale right now. If your order totals $499 or greater they’ll take 10% off! With a deal like that it’s certainly worth taking a moment to visit their online store to see if any of their items appeal to you.

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