Garden Decoration From Junk by Leeann MacKenzie

In recent years, flea markets, junk yards, garage and yard sales, basements and attics have all been recognized as treasure chests. These places are home to antiques, memorabilia and junk. For the people who have a vision of resurrecting cast-offs found in these places, The book Garden Decoration From Junk is one to read before setting out on your quest. The book will certainly brings new meaning to container gardening and garden accessories!

A little imagination, along with the unique suggestions from the pages of this book and your yard will have a character like no other. The operative word here is imagination and after reading this book, you will chastise yourself for throwing out some perfectly good garden accessories. Everything from tin cans to car springs and cutlery can be incorporated into your outdoor setting. Your deck, patio and yard can have unique pieces that will not be found at the local garden and yard decorating centers.

Visualize old garden tools as a support for clematis, scarlet runner beans or sweet peas. Metal containers such as pots, buckets and tin cans housing your herbs. Books and foot wear that have been damaged beyond repair or restoration once again come alive and will become the center of conversation when used as planters.

This book provides an abundance of pictures that will give you every opportunity to invent an end product that would add personality to your decor both inside and out.

The old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is confirmed in page after page in this intriguing book by Leeann MacKenzie.

Planters Accent Your Home and Garden

The right planter in the right setting brings style, function and beauty to any indoor room or outdoor location. Planters can be used as a unique focal point or a graceful accent in any garden, patio, porch or room. The secret is finding the perfect planter – one that reflects the owner’s personality and surroundings while maintaining lasting durability. 

Planters come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, designs, materials and price points, which makes some planters a better choice than others. In today’s market, the unlimited assortment can also create unlimited indecision. Knowing a few useful tips can simplify the decision-making process and help consumers purchase plantersthat will bring years of pleasure. 

Considerations Before Purchasing A Planter   

o Location (shade, sun, extreme weather)                                                                                        

o Maneuverability                                                                                                             

o Size, Shape, Style, Color, Finish, Texture                                                            

o Drainage Hole and/or Self-Watering Options                                                                     

o Durability & Longevity                                                                                                     

o Artistic/Decorative Impact                                                                                               

o Reflect Personality of Owner/Home/Surroundings                                                                                                  

o Materials (Learn the advantages and disadvantages of planter materials such as clay, terracotta, concrete, metal, wood, resin, fiberglass, etc.)                                                                                                                

o Storage Concerns

A great way to get started is to purchase a matching set of various sized planters ranging from three, five or seven in total. Five containers used in a corner of a patio will help define your entertainment space. This grouped planter display can provide privacy and help tie in your overall outdoor living area. Don’t be afraid of using bright and vivid containers such as oranges, iridescent blues and reds. These colors can help liven up outdoor spaces.

Combining plants is a fun part of container gardening. Try mixing and matching different plants such as annuals, tropicals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines and vegetables. Before planting, arrange the new plants in or around your container while they are still in their small pots to see how they fit best. A good rule of thumb is to plant the tallest upright foliage plant in the center. Next, plant the shorter and more compact flowering plant to the side of the center, near the edge of the planter. Leave enough space between these plants to allow for growth. Finally, place plants with trailing or semi-trailing growth habits around the planters’ outer edges leaving enough space for adequate spreading and trailing.

A word of caution: Also remove new plants from their nursery pots with care. Never remove them by pulling on their tender stems. Gently loosen or untangle the bottom inch of each plant’s roots before carefully spreading them out in your planter. This helps give young plants a better start. Additional potting mix can be added to ensure the soil covers the roots of each plant. When your planting is finished, the soil should be at least an inch below the rim of the container.

Gardening with planters is a great way for beginning and experienced gardeners to dig into the botanical world. And best of all, you can take your planter garden with you when you move.

Selecting Outdoor Living Patio Furniture For Home Decoration

A complete home is one which apart from having well furnished rooms and luxurious facilities also has a beautiful patio which is well decorated and replete with some basic amenities. Outdoor patio furniture has now become an essential thing. And to cater to this need various new outdoor products are now available in the outdoor living stores. These outdoor patio stores offer varied range of options in different categories including size, quality and cost. One can easily find outdoor living products suited to different size of terrace or patio. This furniture enhances the joy of owning a patio. But while choosing particular outdoor patio furniture for home decoration three factors viz. comfort, versatility and effective application should be taken into consideration. Also the choice should be made in context with the size of the patio and its styling. This is very important because a bad choice can make your outdoor living product look like a misfit in the surrounding.

Different types of outdoor living patio furniture

Some of the outdoor living patio furniture options currently in vogue are Hammocks, Bistro sets, Benches, Settees and Gliders, Kids outdoor furniture, outdoor tables, umbrellas and bases, Outdoor Lounges and chairs, Patio furniture cushions and pillows, Screen rooms and other shelters.

Hammocks- No patio is complete without a hammock. The old and young alike, both have a fancy for it. Lot of variety is available in this type of outdoor product range. It includes various kinds of Hammock Poly rope swing, Hammock hang HDW pack and SGL Hammock stand and much more.

Bistro sets- Polished, elegant and embellished Bistro sets enliven the ambience of a patio. Glass top or textured wood top, both look good if matched with other furniture in the patio. Bucktown Bistro set, English Ivy Bistro set, Bridgeview balcony set and Uptown Balcony set are some of the Bistro sets which have high demand in the market.

Outdoor Lounges and chairs- One of the mostly used outdoor products are outdoor Lounges and chairs. The most common products in this range are Wood chairs, Folding chairs, Wrought iron chairs, Wicker and Resin chairs, Aluminum and Steel chairs.

Outdoor tables- An outdoor table is common outdoor living patio furniture. Even in houses where the patio is not decorated enough, an outdoor table is kept in the center or at the corner. The various types of outdoor tables available in the outdoor living stores are Picnic tables, Wood tables, Wicker and Resin tables, Wrought Iron tables, Steel and Aluminum tables.

Patio furniture cushion and pillow- This includes a vast range of covers for various chairs and tables and also decorative cushions and pillows to give colorful and decorated look to the patio. The range in this section comprises of Table cover of different sizes, chair covers, Wick chair cover, Chaise cover and pillows and cushions in varied colors and sizes.