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Types Of Garden Lights

By admin On July 28, 2008 No Comments

Globe Lights - Glass globes on short stems, good low lights for lighting up patio and barbecue areas as the soft light glows out evenly all round.

Shaded Lights - Lamps with a mushroom shape that throws a soft light down to make a circle of light, useful in low planted borders.

Pathway Markers - Short squat lights that shine to one side, good for low lighting steps or use small tiered lights on short stems for outlining paths.

Feature Lights - Low power spotlights that give subtle rather than striking effects, the low voltage versions are particular soft. They can be bought on brackets to mount on walls or on spikes to push into the ground.

Floodlights - Strong lights that need mains current for flooding large areas or for dramatic directional effects. Dramatic floodlighting can make a contemporary garden look incredibly theatrical at night. Use it to accentuate the shapes of striking plants, like a group of spiky yuccas, a twisted tree or a large leaved shrub like a fatsia. Floodlights work well with bold architectural shapes too, used along a balustrade or at one side of a group of standing stones in a gravel garden. The sci-fi effects are all due to the contrasts between the bright light on the leaves or stone and the long dark jagged shadows they cast. Dont fall out with the neighbours though, adjust your floodlights so they are not shining in through their windows.

Outdoor Fairy Lights - In my garden I have put up fairy lights inside the pergola. Mine are the all white version of outdoor Christmas lights which I have dotted around in the roof where the foliage is thickest, so they look like stars twinkling through the leaves.

You can find many different styles of garden lighting at B&Q Furniture or Homebase Furniture.

Outdoor Garden Lighting

By admin On July 25, 2008 No Comments

Lighting really brings a garden to life but you do not have to wait till after dark to enjoy it. The best time to appreciate the twinkle of lights among plants is towards dusk and there is nothing like candles for putting you in the mood when you are eating outdoors or just relaxing over a glass of wine after work.

There is more to garden lighting than just sitting out late on balmy summer nights though that sounds pretty good to me. If you have a beautiful water feature, underwater lighting makes it mega glamorous. You could light up your gardens best features or have a working antique gas mantle to welcome you home. For apres-barbecue ambience, low lights outline the whole garden with a romantic glow, leading visitors safely round rambling paths and illuminating steps or drawing you to the gazebo down the garden, its not only moths that are attracted to light.

But it is not just guests who benefit, the right lighting makes every evening outdoors into a special occasion. Try rearranging the lights slightly from season to season or from party to party. After dark the effect is as good as a garden make over but without the bother.

Garden lighting can be purchased from many large DIY stores such as Homebase Garden Furniture and B&Q DIY Online. These companies will stock most types of garden lighting including globe lights, shaded lights, pathway markers, feature lights, floodlights and outdoor fairy lights.

Garden Patio Heaters

By admin On July 24, 2008 No Comments

By their nature, coastal gardens tend to be windswept and fairly chilly but outdoor heaters are a brilliant solution to this problem. Not only can they provide heat in really cold weather but they are also a great addition to any patio on a cool summer evening, allowing you to make the most of your garden all year round.

Heaters come in a wide selection of shapes and sizes; some simple ones are reminiscent of single bar electric fires, while other gas models add style to function with a flourish. Patio heaters are not a cheap accessory but they will ad a little touch of luxury and a comforting warmth to your al fresco dining. Hombase garden furniture online has a wide variety of choices.

Garden Hammocks

By admin On June 30, 2008 No Comments

When you think of a hammock, you probably have visions of one suspended between two palm trees on a desert island. Well, with the range of garden hammocks that are available you can recreate this without the need of palm trees, or any trees for that matter, in the comfort of your own garden.

Garden hammocks are a wonderfully relaxing way to lounge in the sun, and there are a large number of styles available. With this amount of choice there is sure to be one to fit your style and budget. The most basic types of garden hammocks available consist of a tubular metal frame and heavy duty fabric hammock. These can be assembled in a matter of minutes and are extremely light weight. You can move the hammock into any position in your garden easily, and dismantle it quickly for storage during wet weather or winter. Some metal frames are telescopic which allows you to change the height and length of the frame to fit your individual needs. The frames are durable and hard wearing. The majority of metal frames are made from steel which has a protective coloured coating that wipes clean.

Other frames are available for garden hammocks that are made from wood. These come in a variety of colours and styles, depending on the type of wood used. Weatherproof treatments and wood preservers can be reapplied every few years to extend the life of the frame. They can also be painted with coloured wood paint to match your preferred colour scheme. These frames, especially the heavier woods, are not designed to be dismantled frequently, and need at least two people to move them around the garden. However, they are far sturdier than some of the more lightweight metal ones and far more stylish.

The hammocks themselves are made from a heavy duty fabric that can be treated with a weatherproof coating. This can be reapplied after washing. There is a large choice of different styles and colours of fabric available from the most basic cream colour to a more eye-catching multi-coloured stripe to ensure that there is one to suit you. The garden hammocks are available in different sizes from children’s to those capable of holding two or more adults comfortably. If you are looking for something a little more unusual than a traditional sun lounger to enjoy the sun in then a garden hammock is the perfect choice. They are comfortable and make a feature for any size of garden that adults and kids will love.

If you prefer to be seated, rather than lying down, then a garden swing is an alternative style to the garden hammock. These are available in two or three-seater versions and have a sturdy metal frame to allow the seat to swing gently. A built-in cover helps keep you comfortable in the shade as you rock back and forth. Removable seat cushions are available in a wide variety of colours and patterns to compliment your colour scheme and allow for easy cleaning.

Gardening Tools For the Manicured Look

By admin On June 9, 2008 No Comments

The most beautiful gardens have a manicured look, and the gardeners in charge of the ones that appear on magazine covers use a wide variety of gardening tools. The first tool necessary to have a wonderful garden is a lawn mower. The choices are numerous for this gardening tool and the wise gardener will shop carefully for the best mower. The size of the lawn is relevant to the choice of mowers. A gardener in charge of a small lawn may only want a manual mower because this eliminates the need for storing fuel supplies that can be smelly and dangerous without the proper care. A manual mower works as an exercise machine as well as a gardening tool. A gardener in charge of a larger lawn will probably want some kind of mechanized machine.

Hedge trimmers or shears are handy - but only if you have a hedge, or plan on growing one. Some hedge trimmers have curved blades to stop branches from sliding out when cut.

Cultivators - These modern gardening tools are available with patented tines to help in cutting the hard compacted soil smoothly. Cultivators are available with a free border edger. It is perfect to use in cleaning the moss, aerating and in thatching. This garden tool helps extensively in preparing vegetable plots, flowerbeds, etc.,

Gardening tools are available for every chore in the garden. Shovels will help the dedicated gardening pull up undesirable things and prepare the ground for the insertion of new plants. A proficient gardener wants to find a perfect rake to clean up junk that has gathered in the garden and to prepare areas in the garden for new additions. There are tools available now for distributing fertilizers, nutrients and plant medicines. Many of these tools are best if sprayed on the plants and soil and a good one will dispense various substances for years. Small gardening tools are available to get into the cracks and crevices that need care.