Wrought Iron chairs make for a great up scale garden design addition.
Creating a “Vintage Look” is the advantage that wrought iron presents … a heavier historical feel, chairs, tables and benches that one would find in a Victorian garden in the 1800-1900’s.
Antique steel wrought chairs are harder to come by …many rust away when left outdoors in the rain. Wrought iron furniture is heavy and readily resists blowing over in heavy winds, unlike the basic plastic patio chairs.
Good part is that wrought iron chairs are available cast in aluminium, although not as heavy as the old wrought iron furniture, they are stable in the windy locations and do not rust on the legs bottoms which can stain stone and interlocking patios.
Adding, as in the photos above, a small matching table allows you have a sweet little spot for a morning cup of coffee .. or evening drink with a friend.
Wood birdhouse colorfully painted adds a spark of interest in one’s garden design.
This unique bird house is little creative and visually interesting with the use of bright colors and little design funk.
Birdhouse is mounted about 10 feet (3 meters) off the ground on a cedar pole with it’s bark still intact. Behind is pine board and batten building siding with well an established vine climbing the wall.
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Resin Adirondack Style Chairs
Adding these low maintenance chairs into your landscape design adds a focal point in the garden .. with a resting spot to enjoy a tea or cold drink.
Selecting a striking color adds contrast and draws the eye to your seating arrangement .. you can then build out the garden area with your favorite trees or flowers.
Resin Plastic chairs vary in price and quality. One area to inspect is the size of the 4 vertical legs. If legs are too small, the chairs may wobble side to side over time … a firm based area of patio style stones will prevent the legs with sinking into the ground.
Suggest you buy at least two chairs .. so someone can join you!
Landscaping Ideas using found or bought Antique objects – this is an example of using an old crop seeder … antiques look great as a garden accent especially if left to rust ..
Work in your landscape design a few special trees and you will have a unique and creative garden!
Landscaping Design: Finding a old crop seeder or unique type of antique it is best to get away from the city … find an old farm country auction, multi-vendor antique flee market or small town antique store … may take a bit of looking ..
Landscape design idea: Using Cedar tree in combination with Cedar Wood planter on porch – planters will naturally grey unless stained. Best have a plastic liner or drop in tray to maintain cedar boxes.
Making a natural center piece is easiest if you have access to branches of a pine and/or cedar tree.
The white pine and cedar are evergreen trees so creating a natural display can be done any time during the year,
Christmas is the best time. Especially with twinkle lights and a few snowy décor accessories.
We have lots of Pictures of Christmas Trees
Spruce trees are resilient as shown in the picture.
Out in the open, high winds blow the trees hard which has prevents them from growing up straight.
Landscapers will typically stake newly planted trees so they grow straight.
We have lots of Pictures of Spruce Trees
Red maples are an Autumn favorite.
The bigger the red maple tree, the bigger the red splash of color!
We have lots of pictures of Maple Trees
These Forest Trees have been tagged for cutting down. Why you might ask?
These are ash trees and are subject to emerald ash borer infestation which kills the trees by getting under the bark. Cutting down the trees in the forest is a plan to control the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB )infestation.
Red oak leaves left on the tree blowing in the wind in this winter photo.
Winter snow has fallen and this wooden ski rack is waiting for some cross country skiers to arrive.
White pine tree branches are a preferred evergreen decorating choice at Christmas.
Favoured because the pine needles retain there evergreen color and their long soft needles last a long time.
Great for holiday decorations for along the fireplace mantle, in front windows …
Add a few decorative accessories and you be ready for guests.
Established conservations areas will have trail posts marking your walking route as in the photo above.
Some trails are left to the walkers to figure out. If you have ever been lost or without anyone’s help for directions near dark it can unnerving trying to get back to the vehicle .
This state of mind can easy against work again your safety.
When ever there is a walking trail board posted, take one or more photos of the map so you can refer back to the trails.
Crisp white fluffy snow accumulates on branches in the forest
Willow Trees do well near and around water.
Nice snowy winter picture with willows by the pond over flow.
See more willow tree images on our Willow Trees page.
During the winter season the willow tree’s leaves are shed.
Left are the yellow newer growth branches on the last year or so.
This is one way to identify a willow tree in the forest … they like to grow near water and ponds.
A mature white pine is one of the taller trees in the forest.
In the evergreen tree class, because it retains it’s green needles year round.
In the Autumn a large perimeter bed of fallen needles is created .. which animals rummage around in and source the seeds found in pine cones
White Pine trees is readily identified by it’s soft needles.
Apples ripen in many colors and these are ripening in a classic red.
Fall photo clearly shows the irregular shape between different apples and not all apples are perfectly round as found in the grocery store.
Irregular Apples like these are destine for other uses such as apple sauce or animal feed.
Telephoto image of three maple trees in a distant farmer’s field.
Nicely spaced apart, the image reveals how differently shaped the maple tree grows.
Maples tree are about 25-35 years old.
A simplicity is what this Rock Sculpture displays.
With just two stones, one can create a cool rock element, maybe what no one else has for your garden paradise.
Easiest way to create a stone sculpture is to use what you have .. but if you want to duplicate this design you will need to go to the rock quarry or your local garden center.
When looking for a water feature, one the first things is to consider scale … it is very easy to just buy one you fancy and then get it home to find it is too tiny for the spot you had in mind. Good part about buying a water feature at your local retailer is that you can easily return it, usually for full refund.
The fun part for me about having a garden water feature is that it attracts birds during the dryer summer times … if water fountain is close to your patio seating area or a window .. it is quite a cool experience to have them be so close … watching visiting birds just going about their business is enjoyable.
A couple safety considerations, is that other insects are interested in your water source, these include wasps and bees and can be annoying and a sting hazard to some .. especially if they frequent your patio area .. and are constantly flying through your seating area. Also to be aware of young children may be temped to touch the water, if in reach, maybe afterwards put their hands in their mouth. Remember that bacteria from summer heat … and birds poop will contaminate your water … good warn to your kids and any visiting children not to touch the water.
The fastest way to get a water pond and/or fountain is to buy a prefabricated one … water features can be found at retailers like Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot … and your local garden center which may have larger water fountains in more elaborate garden styles
Wood Stools are handy as they can be used for every day use or secondary seating, brought out for added seating.
These wood stools are cut out of solid wood and thus have a solid bottom and are relatively sturdy.
Without backs, the stool makes for a great space saver .. able to be tucked under a table or in a corner when not in use.
Nice part about the above designed wood stools, these are little more up scale design than the basic cut log pieces that one going to find around the outdoor firepit.
Note: These turned stools are not readily found and may require custom order or fabrication.
Picture of a Hickory Tree Shagbark Nut – Carya ovata
Hickory Tree Holden’s Shagbark Type
Hickory Tree Shagbark can be identified by its bark which has a shaggy appearance. The tree’s bark sticks out and look like it is going to fall off, as a result the shag bark tree name.
Hickory Tree Shagbark has a long tap root can be difficult to transplant. A transplanted hickory tree recovery can take up to two seasons to restart it’s growth … takes up to 10 plus years for hickory trees to produce shagbark nuts.
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Designing your Garden with a large rock element is a simple way to create a focal point.
The more knarly the shape, the bigger the holes and using large scale can add a unique natural element to your garden.
Color differences can be attractive and add interest if you can find.
Larger shape and scale are a landscaping factor, as too small rock display will get hidden or over grown by future tree and plant growth.
Rock Landscape Photo is a good example, it is knarly, sizable and has some color contrast … good luck in your rock hunt.
Landscaping designs and layouts are dynamic not static.
Over time, the tree behind the metal bench has over taken the area around the seating area. It is easier, cheaper and faster to trim the tree when the bench is bolted down on a pad.
Garden Design Tip: Trees that over hang benches and seating areas can be messy and may result in stains on clothing
Driftwood fits perfectly with most garden designs and establishes an inspirational garden setting.
Hang it on the fence, move the piece around different beds, plant flowers and trees around your found driftwood … it is a fast way to decorate your garden.
Finding Driftwood: At the beach is the cheapest way … but at your upscale garden center you may find they sell driftwood, some in cedar which can be rot resistant .. best call around first to your save time!
Garden Fountain that sprays up in a cone shape is a popular design choice for larger gardens.
Garden fountain is attractive visually, nice soothing sound, invites birds to your garden and keeps oxygen in the water for fish.
Outdoor living space ideas have expanded greatly … and Huge selection of Patio & Garden Ponds, Fountains, pumps ideas can be found at stores lie Costco, The Home Depot, EBay, Amazon, Lowes … local garden centres …
Garden Fountain Tip: Savings can be best realized at end of season … but the selection is best the spring!