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Garden Tour: A Curvy Lawn and All-season Plants Soften a City Plot

A long, thin garden has been transformed by a sinuous lawn and gorgeous planting that adds colour and interest year-round Houzz UK Contributor. I have been an interiors journalist since 1995, writing several… More The back garden of this semi-detached house had a very simple, somewhat uninspiring layout when Jo Fenton was asked to redesign it. It consisted of a ...

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It’s Bulb-planting Season! 10 Tips for Getting it Right

With the soil still warm and bulbs plentiful, October is the perfect month to get planting bulbs for spring displays Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More Now is the ideal month to plant up your garden for spring blooms, and garden centres will be filled with an array of glorious bulbs to plant either ...

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How to Choose the Best Flooring for Your Patio

Smarten up your patio and increase the sense of space with flooring that works beautifully with your home and garden Houzz Ireland Contributor Patricia Tyrrell is an award winning landscape and garden… More Choosing patio flooring can be daunting, from finding a material that works with your garden and chimes with your interior style, to designing a pleasing layout. Before ...

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9 Autumn-cosy Gardens, Patios and Balconies

Soften the transition to chilly weather by getting your garden geared up to make the most of the autumn months Houzz UK Contributor. Freelance journalist and interiors obsessive, renovating a… More Don’t head inside at the first nip in the air; instead, equip your garden with an autumn-friendly setup to make it cosy for the coming months. Don some layers ...

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Bring Your Home Alive With a Vertical Garden – Indoors or Out

Add a lush, verdant feel to the drabbest urban courtyard or bring life to your living room with a wall of plants Houzz Contributor. I’m a London-based journalist with years of experience writing… More Vertical gardens – also known as green or living walls – are having a moment. They’re a stylish, modern way to add greenery to urban outdoor ...

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10 Key Considerations When You’re Planning External Insulation

Keep your home gloriously warm and cosy with this essential guide to insulating externally I hail form Midleton, Co. Cork. I like to think my design influence is derived from… More External insulation is by far the best way to keep your house energy-efficient. It allows you to insulate your home from the outside in, which means the interior stays ...

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What You Can Do Now to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Check out these ideas on how to help put your garden ‘to bed’ this autumn, and also enjoy the beauty of the winter garden to come Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More It’s getting to that time of year when the nights are drawing in and we think of putting our gardens ‘to bed’. ...

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How to Find the Perfect Pergola for Your Garden

Pergolas are hugely versatile and a wonderful addition to any garden. Here’s how to choose the right one for you Houzz Ireland Contributor Patricia Tyrrell is an award winning landscape and garden… More From framing views to creating welcome shade and supporting climbing and twining plants, pergolas can play many roles in a garden. The word pergola comes from the ...

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Garden Tour: A London Courtyard Blooms With Year-round Colour

Before and after photos show a once shady and dull space transformed into one packed with planting that brings colour and scent every season Houzz UK Contributor. I have been an interiors journalist since 1995, writing several… More A tall cedar tree and an overgrown old fig were the defining features of this courtyard garden when Stefano Marinaz was asked ...

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Wildlife-friendly Garden Ideas That Look Stylish, Too

Invite the birds and bees into your backyard – and make it look beautiful at the same time Houzz Contributor. I’m a London-based journalist with years of experience writing… More Watching the birds, bees and butterflies is one of life’s simple pleasures. So why not use your garden to help attract, protect and nurture the local wildlife with some of ...

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10 of the Best Plants for Late Summer Colour in the Garden

Many people say their gardens are messy in late summer, but there are so many wonderful late-flowering plants that will put on a great show Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More There’s no need to say goodbye to summer just yet, as there are so many late-flowering plants that will keep blooming for months ...

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