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Brilliant Ways to Illuminate Your Outdoor Space

Brighten up the view on dark winter evenings with some creative garden lighting At this time of year, with the shortest day fast approaching, outside space is often ignored. But with a creative lighting scheme, you can cut through the darkness and enjoy the view of your garden into the evening. From simple uplighters to decking installations, there are lots ...

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Here’s All You Need to Know About Composting in Winter

Find out how to keep your compost pile hot when the weather outside is freezing cold Houzz Contributor. I’m a California-based writer and editor. While most of my projects… More Just because the weather has turned chilly – or even downright icy – doesn’t mean your outdoor compost pile needs to hibernate for the winter. After all, you still have ...

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How to Keep Your Herbs Growing Through the Winter Months

Cold weather may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to fresh sage or parsley Houzz Contributor. Horticulturist, freelance writer and Certified Arborist who loves… More Temperatures may be dropping, but there are ways to keep our herb gardens going until spring. Cold-hardy herbs, such as chives, mint, parsley, sage and thyme, can often survive chilly temperatures ...

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10 Fabulous Timber-clad Extensions

Adding more living space? Consider horizontal or vertical planks to dress your new section’s exterior Houzz Contributor. I’m a freelance journalist and editor writing for nationals, magazines… More Timber cladding has been a favourite covering for houses over centuries. Choose it for the outside of an extension to a home already clad this way, and it can make the new ...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Pruning

By understanding how a plant responds to pruning, you’ll achieve your desired result Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More Many people shudder at the thought of putting any sort of blade to a plant, but pruning will not only prevent a plant from growing too large and improve its overall look, it will also ...

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Choose One of These 9 Grasses to Light up Your Autumn Garden

Let beautiful ornamental grasses give you reason to love your outside space as the seasons change Houzz Ireland Contributor Patricia Tyrrell is an award winning landscape and garden… More Ornamental grasses come into their own at this time of year. Translucent inflorescences light up in the low autumn sunlight and the foliage, too, is often shiny and reflective, which, coupled ...

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Garden Tour: A Bungalow’s Country Garden Gains Modern Touches

This spacious plot has blooms and grasses, as well as a productive kitchen garden and wildlife-welcoming areas I’m a freelance journalist and editor writing for nationals, magazines and websites…. More When Neil Summerfield moved to his home, the keen gardener had the joy of plenty of space to work with. The bones of a fabulous plot were there, including a ...

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Garden Tour: A City Garden is Transformed By Trellis

Trellis was all that was needed to give this outdoor space year-round charm and privacy Houzz Contributor. I’m a London-based journalist with years of experience writing… More Many of us have a bit of trellis in our garden. You might have a section nailed to the top of a fence to add height, or arranged horizontally across a wall for ...

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Stylish External Windows That Aren’t Painted White

Newsflash! Window frames really don’t have to be painted white all of the time Houzz Contributor. I’m a London-based journalist with years of experience writing… More Yes, white is the standard for window frames, but another colour may be more practical, more stylish, more fun or simply fit in more with the period of your home. Darker tones also show ...

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Some of the Best Plants to Add Colour to the Garden in Autumn

A few favourite early autumn plants that will bring beautiful hues to your outdoor space Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More Despite the shortening days, the month of October can bring a richness of colour to the garden thanks to the many late-flowering bulbs, perennials, grasses and foliage. Added to this are the fruits ...

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Which Shade-loving Bulbs to Plant Now for Spring

Bulbs can bloom beautifully without much sunlight, and plant them right and you’ll have a series of flowers for months Houzz Ireland Contributor Patricia Tyrrell is an award winning landscape and garden… More It’s the perfect time for planting spring bulbs, and they’re good news if you want to liven up some shady spots in your outdoor patch – under ...

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