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9 Times Gravel Looked Gorgeous in a Garden

Show off some shingle in your backyard for timeless outdoor style Houzz Contributor. I’m a London-based journalist with years of experience writing… More It’s good value and easy to lay, but gravel doesn’t have to be the poor cousin of flagstones, bricks or other paving – as these gorgeous gardens all demonstrate. Embrace country charmOne of gravel’s great strengths is ...

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5 Things You Never Knew You Needed in Your Garden

Make the most of precious time outside with these above-and-beyond garden features to enhance your patch Days in the garden are something to be savoured, so make sure yours is ready for when the warmer days (finally) arrive with these suggestions for adding personality, colour and comfort to your outdoor space. A firepitExtend your garden’s usability with a firepit. Whether ...

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Dreamy Garden Dining Spots to Lure You Outdoors All Year Round

Even fair-weather diners will be tempted outside by these fab garden dining ideas – and they look good from indoors, too Houzz Contributor. I am an editor, journalist, web and copywriter. I was Editor of… More Whether you’re an all-weather barbecue lover or a high summer only alfresco diner, a good-looking garden dining area makes eating outdoors much more of ...

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7 Garden Seats for Catching the First Signs of Spring

Check out these ideas for a spot outdoors where you can rest a while and watch the garden waking up Houzz UK Editorial Staff. I’m a freelance journalist with more than 13 years’ experience… More It’s tempting to get out in the garden in February and March, but, let’s face it, the cold weather can really put you off. What’s ...

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Considering a Fire Pit Table? These Ideas Will Inspire You

It’s the garden kit that lets you come out of hibernation early and extends long summer evenings. Here’s why it’s hot Houzz UK Contributor. I’m a freelance writer and sub-editor with more than 15 years’… More There are lots of different types of fire features for the garden, ranging from small, bowl-sized pits and tall, elegant columns to full-of-character chimineas ...

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How to Prune and Look After Buddleja

A short guide to pruning, growing and taking care of this popular garden shrub, also known as the butterfly bush Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More Many deciduous summer flowering shrubs such as buddleja, or butterfly bush, can be pruned now (as long as temperatures are above freezing and frost is no longer a ...

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How to Feel Better About Your Late Winter Garden

Outdoor space looking lacklustre? These ideas will help you fall in love with your neglected garden in time for spring Houzz UK Editorial Staff. I’m a freelance journalist with more than 13 years’ experience… More Dreaming of a bright summer garden but the reality is a dreary plot of dead perennials, soggy grass and a lot of winter clutter? Take ...

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7 Ideas for Using Patterned Tiles Outside

Make your garden feel like another room in your house using patterned tiles to add decorative interest and style Houzz UK deputy editor. I’m an interiors journalist and editor, previously for the… More Patterned tiles tend to be a decorative detail we might consider for an interior space – a feature floor, a tabletop or a dramatic shower or splashback. ...

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How to prune Wisteria and Look After it

Wisteria needs a winter and a summer prune. Here’s how to do it, plus other tips for keeping this popular plant happy Houzz UK contributor and award-winning landscape and garden designer. Claudia de… More Pruning wisteria can cause some people to panic, as they feel they may damage their plant, but this climber is surprisingly forgiving. Left to its own ...

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Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen Extensions and Ideas for Opening Up the Whole Home

Get the best of both worlds with interiors that offer effortless outside access and views Houzz UK Contributor. Freelance journalist and interiors obsessive, renovating a… More Innovations in external doors have meant that opening up the whole rear of a house (often the kitchen) has become commonplace. But now, the desire for that enticing indoor/outdoor experience is creating demand for ...

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How Can I Make a Japanese Stone Garden?

Discover the roots and symbolism of these serene landscapes and pick up some tips on how to make your own 藤山佳織 7 January 2018 Characterised by rock formations that mimic water and other natural features, Karesansui – literally ‘dry landscape’ – or stone gardens are the epitome of Japanese gardening. Also known as ‘Zen gardens’ outside of Japan, they have ...

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