Building Rockeries Rockeries can be a prized feature in some gardens; and the biggest problem in others. It all depends on the rocks and plants that you choose and use!...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Choosing Garden Furniture Every garden needs seating, and perhaps a table to be truly complete. Without furnishings, the garden can look great, but its use is really limited.  If you want to sit down, read a book, relax, and perhaps have a snooze in the shade; you need seating. If you plan on entertaining friends or eating a meal in the garden, you need chairs and a table. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Creating Child Friendly Gardens -Landscaping for Kids Gardens can be a great place for children to play and learn, but gardens can present hazards to children if they are poorly designed....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Creating Windbreaks, Screens or Hedges Plants can be used as windbreaks, hedges and screens to form a living, physical barrier. They can provide a quick growing, colorful alternative to a fence, wall, or other hard barrier....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Designing Gardens for the Right Mood MOOD GARDEN DESIGN There are many elements that contribute to the ambience or mood of a garden. Colour is perhaps most significant, however the choice of plants, the quantity of plants (or no plants), the permanent structures and ornamentation are also important. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Fast Growing Plants to Establish a Garden Quickly If you want a garden that looks established quickly, you either need to plant big plants; or use plants that grow very fast. The problem with planting large plants is that they may not ever be as healthy, as they might have been if they were grown from earlier on in their final location. Transplant shock can always damage or kill big plants more than smaller ones....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Fences in Gardens Generally fences are less expensive than brick or stone walls; but also thinner and perhaps less permanent. Nevertheless, a properly constructed fence, made from quality materials and maintained properly will last 50 years or more....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Garden Design Decisions for BBQ's Whether a public park or a private home garden,there is no doubt that a garden will be a more valuable place when it has more uses. One way that gardens can be made more useful is by adding a bbq; but big questions need to first be answered. Consider what type of bbq, and where to locate it?...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Garden Design for Outdoor Living We all love an outdoor lifestyle, and in this respect, the backyard is an important area to most people, even those who really don't care much about gardens. A well planned backyard can provide a versatile outdoor living area, with the advantage of having the facilities of your home within easy reach. A good outdoor living area has both an attractive and relaxing atmosphere, and also contains all of the facilities needed to make outdoor living pleasurable. Areas of shade and sun, adequate ventilation for the passage of cool breezes on a hot day, somewhere to shelter from rain, surfaces which remain dry or dry out fast after rain, seating, tables and bbq facilities, all help create the ideal outdoor living area....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Garden Design for Shade Shade is important in the garden both for plants and people. Even the family pets need and appreciate a little shade in the hot summer. With the prevalence of skin cancer today, shade is particularly important, not only to keep us cool in hot weather, but also to provide protection from this serious disease....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Garden Lighting Garden lighting can be viewed as the icing on the cake. Once a garden has everything it needs, lighting should be installed to bring it alive at night and to create a totally different atmosphere....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Ideas for Creating more Livable Gardens In today's hectic world, a home garden should be a healthy place to be; somewhere to relax, and as much as possible full of things which help you relax. Chemical, noise or even visual pollution should be minimized. Unpleasant ar dangerous plants, insects or other pests should also be avoided....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Ideas for Using Plants in Garden Design Some of the most interesting gardens are ones built around the theme of just one type of plant. Be it a rose garden, herb garden, fernery or something else, there is no doubt that most types of plants create a spectacular display when at least several of the one type of plant are clustered together. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Ideas to Introduce Water Features into Gardens Water makes a garden cool, even when it's hot, and brings a special sense of tranquility, even to places which are otherwise not particularly special....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Incorporating Buildings into a Garden Sheds, gazebos, garden pavilions and other types of buildings are often constructed in gardens. Buildings can make it easier to maintain a garden (giving you somewhere to keep tools); or may serve some other functional purpose, allowing you to be in and use a garden, while offering you protection from the weather. Garden buildings can also be a feature in themselves, decorating the landscape in the same way that a statue, water feature, or any other visual feature might do....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Plants with Paving Plants can look great when surrounded by paving, or when interspersed with pockets of plants. Either way, paving and plants have the potential to create a visual effect that is better than when either one is used alone. There are also potential problems though....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Starting to Develop a New Home Garden A little planning can save you heaps of time and money. Understand costs and options, then set priorities....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Waterfalls and Cascades for Gardens The most important thing needed for creating a waterfall or cascade is a change in level. This can be done by placing a water source above the pond, or by placing one pond higher than another....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more