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Butterwick Hospice Gets A Namgrass Makeover

The benefits of artificial grass come to the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton

We collaborated with professional artificial grass installers and landscapers Discover Landscapes, to donate and install one of our top-selling artificial grasses to the garden project recently undertaken at Butterwick Hospice in Stockton. The new bright and spacious garden area at the hospice means the patients, family, and friends of the charity now have an accessible and inviting outdoor space to relax and spend quality time with loved ones.

Founded in 1984 by Mary Butterwick, Butterwick Care serves the communities of Teesside, County Durham, North Yorkshire, and Wearside. The charity provides free of charge support to babies, children, and adults with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Why Butterwick Hospice is Special

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When Danny Storey of Discover Landscapes was introduced to Butterwick Hospice in Stockton he saw first-hand the amazing team of doctors, nurses, and therapists at Butterwick who provide 24-hour on-going care. The extensive care programme includes the management of symptoms and pain relief, end-of-life support, respite services, a variety of complementary therapies, and bereavement care, amazingly this support is offered completely free of charge to patients and their families.

Getting Started

The hospice focuses on all aspects of care both mental and physical, the benefits of fresh air and natural daylight are vital to the continued good mental health within the hospice, so they looked to create a fresh and inviting space that people could enjoy individually or within their family units.  Danny and his time were delighted to be involved in the garden restoration project and wasted no time contacting us at Namgrass.

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Which artificial grass did you use?

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We were more than happy to donate one of our most popular products, Exbury Bright, a densely thatched, deep luxury pile grass that is perfect for high traffic. Although hard-wearing, the grass is still super soft and perfect for the patients and families of the hospice. Danny then had no trouble recruiting volunteers for installing the artificial grass from his great team and the garden was quickly transformed.

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Meet the Installers – Discover Landscape & His Dog

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Meet the Installers – Discover Landscape & His Dog

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our artificial grass installers.

Meet Danny from Discover Landscape, a professional artificial grass installer in Teesside. Danny talks us through his daily jobs and how he uses artificial grass to transform his customer’s gardens with a little help from his dog, Dhuma.

How and when was Discover Landscape founded?

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I [Danny Storey] started Discover Landscape around 4 years ago. I had a complete re-think on what I wanted to do with my career. I went from sitting on a computer, to retraining as a landscaper, which, as you could imagine, was a big difference! I retrained in landscaping for 4 years to gain the skills needed, which I bring into my job every day when installing artificial grass.

Danny walking Dhuma.

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

Is this even a question? Without a doubt, their artificial grass is by far the best on the market. There’s no comparison between them and other artificial grass brands, even though it’s artificial, it doesn’t look artificial… if you get me?

We get you Danny & thanks!

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What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

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I’d say our most popular of Namgrass artificial grass products would be Exbury Bright. Everyone seems to like this astroturf and it looks super natural too!

How many artificial grass installs have you completed?

Hmm, this is a hard one as you lose track of how many artificial grass installations you complete!

Let’s just say, we’ve installed A LOT of artificial grass, but I don’t think it’s about the number, it’s always about the quality of the install that matters.

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Where do you complete most of your artificial grass installs within the UK?

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I live in the Teesside area in the North East of the UK, so a lot of my landscaping work is based around where I live.

Have you laid many ‘unique’ or awkward artificial grass installations?

I wouldn’t say that any of the artificial grass installs I have done are specifically unique, but I do like it when we are able to incorporate a mix of plants and natural materials into the overall job, as this helps the grass look even more natural!

The only time things can be awkward is when you’re trying to lift the grass around the back of a garden, access isn’t always the best for 4m long rolls of fake grass!

 

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Does Dhuma like to help on-site? What’s his main role within the company?

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Well, he helps in his own way!

Once we’ve trimmed off the edges of the artificial grass rolls, he likes to tidy up and run around with it. His favourite on-site task is the running test, he’s a big dog, so it has to be robust for other puppies, and he certainly makes sure it is!

His two main roles would have to be, one, being an excellent guard dog and two, being the sleep supervisor- he loves nothing more than watching us work whilst he lays in the sun!

To see more from Discover Landscape:

Head over to discoverlandscape.co.uk  &  follow Danny on Instagram @discover_landscape

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How Spending Time in Your Garden Makes You Happier

How Spending Time in Your Garden Makes You Happier

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your health and happiness.

This past year has been challenging to say the least, and many have found that spending time outside and in their garden, has played a positive part in maintaining their wellbeing.

We all spent more time outside, when we could in lockdown, and having a usable outdoor area in our home to relax and unwind has become something extremely important and sought after for many, and for good reason too.

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, has been proven to be one of the best ways to improve our wellbeing and happiness. For example, doing things we would normally do inside such as reading a book or exercising can have more positive effects just by being outside.

See below some benefits spending more time in your garden can have on your health…

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Reduces your stress

Spending just 20 minutes of your day in your garden will significantly reduce stress hormone levels and thus contribute to your happiness!

Encourages physical exercise

Whether that is going for a run in the park, following a Joe Wicks video, or dabbling in some garden yoga, exercise will boost your endorphins.

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Increases social interaction

Many people find comfort in nature when they interact with animals, friends, and family. Being outdoors can also help people in making new connections.

Soothes mental illness

Green spaces can be the antidote to stress, which research has linked to depression, owing to the body’s inflammatory stress response.

So, make sure you get outside and use your garden as much as possible!

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If you need a little help creating your outdoor green oasis, then maybe consider artificial grass. Artificial grass is a quick way to transform any area which is neglected and unused, into a brighter space to relax and unwind!

If you’re not fortunate enough to have your own yard or garden area, then don’t worry! Our artificial grass is the perfect solution to add some life to your balcony, paving, or decking area!

You might find some inspiration in our blog post on Small Garden Design.

If you’re in need of some advice, we can help you with transforming your garden into one you can enjoy 365 days a year, with a fake grass lawn. Please get in touch, we’d love to help!

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Meet the Installers – Solent Garden Services

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Meet the Installers – Solent Garden Services

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our installers.

Introducing – Solent Garden Services, a professional artificial grass installer in Hampshire who also complete all manner of landscaping. Run by landscaping guru and artificial grass pro Rob Woodhouse. There’s not much Rob and his team can’t do to create their customers’ dream garden!

How and when was Solent Garden Services founded?

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We are Solent Garden Services Ltd, a family-run business established in 1973.

Originally, we were predominantly focused on garden maintenance but have evolved over the years to cover all aspects of garden design, build and maintenance.

I [Rob Woodhouse] grew up around the business but got my first real sense of the work involved when I was 15 years old, completing my school work experience within the family business. I came on board working for the company full time at the age of 21. At this point, it was just me and one other guy working on regular maintenance however landscaping and garden design was always the direction I wanted to take the business.

Rob (2nd in from the left) & his talented team.

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

My focus is always using quality products so when we started installing artificial lawns, we were looking for only the best products to install which is where Namgrass came in.

I was really impressed with the quality and diversity within the range of Namgrass products, plus it’s a company which is local to us, so it was a no-brainer for me!

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What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

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I’m really impressed with the new range, but I really love Utopia! I love it so much I’ve installed it in my own garden!

(Robs garden features as the main install image here!)

How many artificial grass installs have you completed?

We’ve been installing Namgrass lawns for around 7 years now so let’s just say we’ve completed a lot! Namgrass is the only brand of artificial lawns I’ve ever used as it’s always been a reliable product and brand.

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Where do you complete most of your artificial grass installs within the UK?

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We mostly cover Hampshire but we have traveled to London for a few special installs in the past.

Have you installed some challenging artificial grass jobs?

We have just wrapped up our biggest install to date. A whopping 360sqm of Eden! That was a real challenge with over 70 tonnes of aggregate brought in for the subbase and base.

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To see more from Solent Garden Services:

Head over to solentgardenservices.co.uk    &  follow Rob on Instagram @green_fingerz_

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Meet the Installers – South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd

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Meet the Installers – South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our installers, starting with South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd.

When and how did South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd start?

The company was first incorporated in April 2019 by Neil Pinchbeck. Neil started the company after seeing a completed artificial grass install and really liking the transformation. So, after much research and setting out to install his first job at home, he was hooked with the transformation and job satisfaction.

It was then in January of 2020 that my (Shaun King) involvement within the company came about (although Neil and myself have been friends for years!). I have a background in business and sales and Neil is an experienced fitter/tradesman, so we both have different roles within the company which works really well.

Neil Pinchbeck (left) & Shaun King (right)

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

The honest answer is that our previous supplier couldn’t meet our demand. They would constantly be out of stock of grass and with long wait times. Although at the time this was due to the COVID pandemic, it wasn’t good for us as a business as it minimised our options and we didn’t want to be turning work away or losing it.  So, we needed to source someone more reliable, and that’s where Namgrass came in. I did some research and Namgrass ticked all the right boxes – local to us, no stock issues, high-quality product, and a great team to easily work with.

What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

Although all the Namgrass products are high quality and easy to work with, our favourite grass to install has to be Elise. It’s a great grass to cut and join and looks amazing when finished on any size area.

 

How many installs have you completed?

To date, South Coast Artificial Grass has installed just over 200 new surface area’s and we are constantly growing and getting busier with high demand. We average around 20 new installs a month!

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Where do you complete most of your installs within the UK?

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Based in Dorset, we predominantly tend to work within the BH postcodes covering Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and Swanage, etc. We have and will also carry out installs in Dorchester and Weymouth. Project dependant, we have also completed installations in Fordingbridge, Romsey, Eastleigh and our furthest install away was in Amesbury.

Have you installed many ‘unique’ artificial grass jobs? Have you had some awkward/hard installs?

We have completed quite a range of jobs; some I believe other companies simply don’t want to do, but we aren’t afraid of the challenge and hard work.

We’ve had some awkward shapes and sizes, some with long walks to get access and some up or down a lot of steps, so we’ve had to hand-carry out all the removed spoil and then hand-carry back in all the new aggregate for the sub-base.  We’ve also had a few jobs where the only access is through the property itself which has proven interesting!

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To find out more about South Coast Artificial Grass head over to their website southcoastartificialgrass.co.uk

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How to Make your Garden Festive for Christmas

How to Make your Garden Festive for Christmas

Over the top Christmas lights might look pretty, but unfortunately, they cause light pollution, and that can disrupt local wildlife.

From bats and moths to frogs and birds, they can all be affected by lights interfering with sleeping patterns and navigation paths.

Instead, decorate your garden in a more subtle, but sustainable way. From fragrant plants to sparkly decoration, there’s lots you can do to bring joy into the garden this winter. Take a look at these tips:

Winter plants

There are lots of plants that look festive throughout winter, whether through their flowers, berries or leaves. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Wintergreen is a low-spreading hardy evergreen with large red berries and red-tinged leaves, perfect for informal garden beds.
  • Winter-flowering pansies are ideal for adding a variety of colour, as they are available with yellow, maroon, white or purple flowers. They’ll only falter in the very worst weather, but they will recover and continue until spring.
  • Clematis Jingle Bells is an evergreen climber that flowers in winter and early spring with pale yellow or white bell-shaped flowers.
  • Holly and ivy are traditionally very Christmassy plants, and they certainly give a festive feel to any garden.
  • Potted conifer trees are perfect as well as they instantly evoke a Christmassy feel.

Christmas scents

There are very few things as evocative as scent when it comes to Christmas. Whether it’s cinnamon, spice and orange, or something sweeter, there are a few scents that we can evoke in the garden too.

  • Witch hazel is a fragrant plant, producing a liquorice-type scent, but it produces some unusual looking flowers. Spidery ribbons of yellow, orange or red, they’ll look very festive too.
  • Winter honeysuckle produces a fresh, citrusy scent and delicate white flowers that provide winter bees with nectar, and the berries are popular with birds.
  • Sarcococca is a winter-flowering plant that will stop you in your tracks. It’s the summery scent that will do it – not the way it looks. Also known as Christmas Box, it is a sweet surprise that you’ll be glad you added to your garden.

 

Decorations

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of extra sparkle, and that applies to the garden as well.

If you’ve got trees, consider adding a string of fairy lights wrapped around the tree trunk. Keep them low-intensity in a warm white, yellow or amber, and turn them off when you don’t need them. This will minimise their impact on the local wildlife.

Buy a pack of baubles or ribbons in one colour (check that they’re suitable for outdoor use) and hang them on any bare trees. It’ll add a little bit of life and festive cheer to leafless plants.

Wreaths always look particularly Christmassy. Hang them on the shed door, on your back door, on any structures and on the sheds.

Lanterns are very versatile as they can be used throughout the year, but for winter, you could fill them with holly, ivy and a pillar candle for a festive look.

Finally, what would Christmas be without Mistletoe? Although February to March is the best time to start growing your own, decorating your garden with a little shop-bought will undoubtedly add some festive cheer.

Don’t forget about the animals

You’ve planted lots of winter flowering plants, which is great for bees, and some of them have berries too which is good for birds, but if you want to tempt more in, consider leaving bird seed and fat balls out too. Robins are partial to crushed nuts so putting them on the bird table will entice them in for a Christmas treat. Squirrels are likely to be drawn to these tasty treats too, so don’t be surprised if you see these critters exploring your garden in search of some much-needed winter nutrition.

Bug hotels and butterfly boxes allow insects to sleep over the winter, and larvae to hibernate away from frost. Available to buy, you can just as easily make them yourself. It’s also prime hibernation time for hedgehogs, with shelters needed where they can remain safe and relatively warm. Again, these are available to buy, but also simple to construct yourself.

Check out our blog post on encouraging wildlife into your garden for more ideas.

How are you decorating the garden for Christmas?

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5 Landscaping Ideas for Small Gardens

5 Landscaping Ideas for Small Gardens

Beautiful gardens come in all shapes and sizes.

Beautiful gardens come in all shapes and sizes; it doesn’t have to be a huge space or require a big budget to turn it into something special. Small gardens are actually great because they’re super easy to maintain throughout the year, especially if you install artificial grass that doesn’t need to be cut or watered. Here are some landscaping ideas:

Use Potted Plants

If your space is too restrictive to lay grass or flower beds, you can still add colour to your garden using potted plants. The pots can be filled with a huge variation of plants, from little flowers to big, tall trees. You can even paint your plant pots to add further vibrancy and life to the space. Opt for perennials that you can divide, such as geraniums. Before planting, pull the geranium apart into two or three plants, and plant them separately. Next year when they’re grown, you can pull those plants apart too. It’s a good way to keep costs down but still have a lovely set of flowers.

White Out

Paint your exterior walls white to give the impression that the space is bigger than it actually is. Both inside and out, white walls lighten up the area to make it feel less enclosed. It also means that the colours you introduce through your plants really pop. If you really want to bounce light around your garden, add a mirror. The great thing about adding a mirror is that there are many different styles available, so whatever your style is, you can find one to suit you.

Railway Sleepers

You could think about using railways sleepers, like these ones from Lawsons, to add low border walls. Not only do these look great around your flower beds, they also double up as a lovely little seating area; handy if you don’t have room for furniture. They’re very versatile too. They can be used to create a rustic feel if they’re chunky with a weathered finish, but they can also look sleek if they’re neat, sanded and varnished or stained.

Fencing

Transform your garden with a nice fence, but be sure to treat it regularly with a wood preserver so that it lasts throughout the harsher weather. There are lots of different types of fences so think about your priorities before you invest; do you want something tall that will increase your privacy, or would you prefer something more decorative? A fence is a great opportunity to add colour, shapes or patterns too, depending on how you paint them.

Storage

Sheds take up a huge amount of space in a garden, so you might want to consider something a little smaller. There are many different options available when it comes to storage, from chests to shelving to slimline sheds. Consider what you might need to store and pick an appropriate solution for your needs.

Are you in the process of landscaping your garden or have you just finished? Let us know how you got on!

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How to Lay an Artificial Grass Roof

How to Install an Artificial Grass Roof

Adding artificial grass to a flat roof is a great way to make sheds, garages, and outbuildings look brighter and more at home in the garden. Whether you’re covering up a felt roof, commonly used on sheds, or want to update a roof terrace or balcony, you’ll get the best results if you follow our installer’s guide to creating an artificial grass roof.  

What You Need

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To install an artificial grass roof, you need:

  • A measuring tape
  • A sharp utility knife
  • Joining tape (if multiple pieces of grass are to be joined)
  • Artificial grass adhesive & a cartridge gun
  • Underlay or shockpad if working with an uneven surface.

Once you have your equipment together, you need to choose, measure up, and order your artificial grass ahead of installation day. Many builders’ merchants and garden centres can sell you artificial grass, and you can use our stockist finder to find your nearest Namgrass retailer.

To calculate the amount of artificial turf you’ll need to order for your green roof, measure the length and width of the roof and multiply the two numbers to get the total surface area. Divide this number by the width of the artificial grass you have selected to find the minimum length you need to order to cover this area.

Make sure you allow at least 10cm excess in each direction to ensure a good fit and easy installation, or you may struggle to get a professional finish. For example: if your chosen artificial turf is cut from 2m wide rolls, covering a 10m­roof would require approximately 5.2m of grass to allow for 10cm of excess in each direction.

Laying an Artificial Turf Roof

Once you have your tools and artificial grass ready, you can start installing your artificial grass roof:

1 – Ensure the roof you plan to cover is structurally sound, and in good condition. Check to make sure it’s not cracked or affected by rot, otherwise you may damage your roof further during installation.

2 – If your roof is uneven, slatted, or tiled, installing a layer of board, shockpad, or underlay can level out the surface to create an even finish.

3 – Work out where you need to cut your artificial grass to cover the full roof, ideally on a piece of paper before you start cutting. Only once you’re confident you’ve got this right should you start cutting the turf to size before placing it in situ. When cutting artificial grass, be sure to cut along the lines of drainage holes in the backing material, or your grass may begin to unravel.

4 – Once you’re satisfied with the fit, fold your grass back along the edges where any pieces meet each other, so that there is a gap between the two pieces of grass and the black backing material is facing up along both pieces of turf.

5 – Roll a strip of joining tape out along the full length of the join between the two pieces of grass, with the shiny side down and sticky side up. Apply a thin layer of artificial grass adhesive along the length of the tape, and fold the grass back down, fixing the black backing firmly to the glue and tape.

6 – When you’re happy with the fit and position of your artificial grass, and all the joins between each piece are secure, roll your turf up to one end and lay an even bead of artificial grass adhesive around the perimeter of the roof.

7 – Unroll your artificial turf carefully, making sure the edges lines up properly with your original fit. Lift the edge you rolled the grass away from up and apply a bead of adhesive along this edge and press your turf back into position.

8 – Once the adhesive has dried and your turf is firmly secured, give it a quick brush over with a bristle brush to raise the pile and lift any flattened grass.

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After a few hours, your artificial grass roof will be firmly secured in place and looking fresh, green, and natural. Now you can relax and enjoy your handiwork, without the added fuss of maintaining a natural green roof.

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How to Make the Most of Your Garden in Autumn and Winter

How to Make the Most of Your Garden in Autumn and Winter

Not ready to hang up your garden tools and venture indoors? These 5 tips will keep you enjoying your garden late into the year.

Preparation

Autumn inevitably brings slower activity in the garden, but if you want your garden to flourish come spring, you need to invest in preparation.

Here are a few useful tips to get you started:

1. Start by cleaning away rotting and finished plants. This will not only prevent pests from returning to your garden in spring, but it will also improve your soil health.

2. Think forward to the colourful garden you want by spring and start planting bulbs accordingly. Tulips are a great choice as they need to be planted in cool soil, or plant daffodils in pots to enjoy come early spring.

3. Give your tools and patio furniture some TLC. Start with a thorough clean before applying treatments and storing in a cool, dry environment. Taking this step will not only prolong the life of your tools and furniture, but it will also save you time come spring.

For more gardening to-do lists for each month of the year, take a look at our blog post.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Autumn and winter provide the perfect opportunity to get festive in the garden.

Spend autumn collecting acorns and pine cones to turn into winter wreaths. With the addition of cinnamon sticks you’ll smell Christmas before you’ve even entered your home! Use this autumn and winter period to be bold and turn your garden into a grotto or adopt more subtle touches to add festive spirit.

A winter garden would be incomplete without lighting. Dig out your outdoor lights, drape them over your home or over your shed. For a truly whimsical look, delicately place them in trees and topiary. For the Christmas enthusiasts among you, investing in lighted decorations like sleighs and reindeers bring festive fun to your garden. Subtle touches such as lanterns placed around your garden give a festive yet sophisticated look.

Light my Fire

Extend the outdoor season for a while longer with a new fire pit.

Not just a useful addition to the garden that can be enjoyed all year round, the countless design options mean you are sure to find a firepit to complement your garden. Equally beautiful in design and function, chimeneas make the perfect focal point to your garden during the autumn/winter season.

Spend the crisp nights snuggled under blankets with friends and family, indulging your inner child toasting marshmallows on the firepit! Wood stores also make a great feature to a garden, bringing texture and colour to your outdoor space. Fill to the brim with multiple-sized logs and kindling.

Renew your Winter Pots

Are you fed up of your plant pots looking sad and bare during winter? Then fear not, we have some helpful tips to revitalise your planters and inject some life back into your garden.

Trusty evergreen plants are a staple in providing some contrasting colour to the silvery tones that transform your garden through the winter period. You can even recreate your favourite winter scents in your garden with shrubs such as ‘Christmas box’ (sarcococca confusa), which will fill your garden with glorious sweet notes.

Evergreen plants are also a perfect low-maintenance option, so you can reduce your time spent tending to the garden. Planting grasses can bring movement and drama, making sure your garden doesn’t feel static or boring. Be sure to choose hardy succulents and shrubs when renewing your plant pots, as they will need to withstand the harsh British winter!

For a more in depth read on how to inject some colour into your garden, take a look at our blog post on autumn plants here.

Help the Wee Beasties

Do your part for the environment by providing refuge for your local wildlife.

It can be as simple as brushing leaves and debris into borders to create warm burrowing habitats for hedgehogs and insects. Take it a step further and treat your garden animals to some luxury with wooden insect houses and seed balls for your winter red robins. You’ll reap the benefits in summer when these helpful insects make an appearance in your garden!

Bring the family together to build insect ‘hotels’ and birdhouses to place around your garden. This will make the perfect opportunity to have your own Attenborough moment, identifying bugs with the children and bird-watching from your home. Get the blankets out and admire the natural wildlife as it finds a home in your garden!

For more tips on encouraging wildlife into your garden, read our blog post here.

Autumn and winter might not necessarily be time that you’d think to spend in the garden, but with these ideas we hope you will!

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7 Plants for a Colourful Autumn Garden

7 Plants for a Colourful Autumn Garden

Autumn is known for the burst of colour it brings when the leaves turn from green to orange, red and eventually brown, but at this time of year the days are getting shorter and your annuals begin to die, so your garden might begin  to feel lacklustre and in need of a lift.

 

Here we’ve gathered some autumn flowering plants, trees and shrubs to bring a bit of colour and variety into your garden this season.

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Chrysanthemums

Botanical name: Chrysanthemum

Flowering time: September – October

Planting time: April – May

Chrysanthemums are in full bloom during September and October, making them perfect for perking up a dreary garden. For an instant effect, buy them in bloom and put them in position. They’re not particularly hardy though, so at the first sign of frost, bring them inside (though not near a heat source) and they will usually continue to flower.

Autumn Crocus

Botanical name: Crocus speciosus

Flowering time: September – November

Planting time: Late summer

Ranging from white, to lilac, to vivid purple, autumn crocus is a popular plant for the last flowering season of the year and complements chrysanthemums beautifully. Some types of autumn crocus can even flower through to November.

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Sorbus

Botanical name: Sorbus aucuparia

Berrying time: Autumn and winter

Planting time: Spring

Berries can be a beautiful source of colour in the autumn too, which is why sorbus have made this list. They offer up red, white, pink or yellow berries and their foliage can be yellow, orange or red. They’re perfect for smaller gardens, and they attract lots of birds too.

Acers

Botanical name: Acer palmatum

Flowering time: Early to mid-spring

Planting time: Autumn

A Japanese maple is the answer to your autumnal blues. With a variety of types to choose from, their leaves turn incredible shades of crimson, red, orange or yellow as autumn comes around. They grow slowly, and they’re compact, which means that they’re perfect for small gardens or container gardens. They need to be protected from northern and eastern winds and frosts, so make sure you give them a sheltered position.

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Rudbeckias

Botanical name: Rudbeckia hirta

Flowering time: July to October

Planting time: March to May

Another long-flowering plant, Rudbeckia produce masses of colourful flowers from July through to October. They look a bit like daisies, and they’re usually yellow, orange or red. There are several types, including annuals and perennials so their hardiness can vary.

Bowden Lily

Botanical name: Nerine Bowdenii

Flowering time: Autumn

Planting time: Early spring

A bulb that flowers between September and November, the Bowden lily is a South African plant – and it certainly looks like it’s used to hotter climes. A bright pink flower with long, wavy petals, it truly is a burst of beauty in your autumn garden.

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Flowering Heathers

Botanical name: CallunaDaboeciaErica

Flowering time: Late summer to autumn

Planting time: Early spring

If you’re looking for vibrant colour throughout winter too, then flowering heathers are the perfect plant for you. Low maintenance and long-flowering, they’re also very bee-friendly. Bumblebees and solitary bees don’t store food over winter and so they have to make trips out during the colder seasons – long-flowering heathers provide food for them. With colours ranging from pure white to cerise pink, purple and orange and magenta, you’ve got a wide range to choose from.

Are you looking forward to your autumn garden?