We have some great new outdoor garden furniture this year. Our new all-weather rattan furniture is superior to what we’ve carried before, and the cast aluminum furniture from a local Vancouver Island supplier is sleek and modern, and compact enough for balconies and small decks.Read more »
We’ve just read that one of the key things to inviting happiness and peace into your home is to decorate with plants. We couldn’t agree more. Of course, that goes all year round, but beautiful plants and garden greenery can be a key part of holiday decorating.Read more »
Whether it’s a casual picnic, your personal version of Dîner en Blanc, or a sandwich and cool drink in your Adirondack chair, dining outside is one of the pleasures of summer.
Somehow food eaten outdoors just tastes better, but if you want to crank your experience up a notch try these ideas. . .Read more »
This looks like a real balcony where anyone would love to hang out on a fine summer day. But it’s actually one of the demonstration gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle held every February. Now that I’m gardening on a small deck, you can be sure I took lots of photos to inspire me.Read more »
A gardener’s visit to New York wouldn’t be complete without an afternoon walking the High Line, a public park on Manhattan’s West Side built around a defunct elevated railway.
Designed by Dutch planting designer, Piet Oudolf, this elevated garden is a dynamic and inspired 3-mile-long transformation of what otherwise is just a ugly urban relic.Read more »
Victoria is known for its hanging baskets and your garden or patio can easily be part of this tradition.
To begin you need a wire basket. The bigger the basket the better in this instance, as a bigger basket leads to higher water retention which means less maintenance and greater opportunity for bigger and more vibrant plants. Read more …Read more »
The style of bench you choose for your garden is partly a matter of personal taste and partly a matter of function. Is its primary purpose a place to relax? Or are you using the bench to create a point of interest in the garden, something to draw people along to explore further? Whatever your objective, here are some tips to help you find the perfect garden bench.Read more »
Did you know that house plants can improve air quality inside your home?
Believe it or not, back in the 1980’s NASA did a study to look at which plants were best able to filter the air of the space station! And if these house plants are good enough for the space station, think of what they can do for your home environment.Read more »
I’ll confess: I’ve been guilty of being a rose snob, preferring old roses with pedigree over modern hybrid tea roses.
I love the soft colours of old roses and the interesting shapes of their flowers. Did I mention the perfume? But I certainly don’t love the black spot and powdery mildew. And I sure wish they would bloom longer and more often.
That’s why this article on “new” modern roses caught my attention. Imagine a well-behaved, disease free rose that looked and smelled like an old rose. According to Val Bourne, an award-winning garden writer for the Telegraph, it’s time to take another look at the newest breeds of roses.Read more »
It’s June so it’s time to think about spending more time relaxing and entertaining in your garden. A well-designed outdoor seating area expands your home and gives you more options for entertaining outdoors and al fresco dining. Here are some tips from garden designer Darcy Daniels found in a recent newsletter from Fine Gardening.Read more »