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Finishing Touches For The Garden

Author : Cara Brownethorpe

When your garden is planted up and landscaped as you want it, there are a few finishing touches and accessories that you might want to add.

For starters, it is handy to have a place to sit down within your garden so that you can chill out and enjoy the space. You could have anything from a complete set of table and chairs to a couple of of deckchairs. There are many different materials to choose from for the furniture, from metal garden furniture, to resin weave garden furniture, wonderful wood, or funky plastic. You can also get beanbags that are suitable for use outdoors which are available in eye-catching colours and are very relaxing to sit on.

A nice finishing touch for the garden is a swing because it can be relaxing and it can be entertaining. These are available on their own frame or if you have a strong enough tree, they can be fixed to that. Ensure that the surface directly below is padded in case anybody falls off. If you have no turf underneath the swing, think about some rubberised matting such as that found in children's play parks. Hammocks are also fantastic for your garden and are also available with or without a frame. They create a holiday atmosphere and can be found in playful, bright cloth to brighten up the garden.

Ornaments can finish a garden very well as well. They could be anything from the trusty old gnome to contemporary sculpture and they can be found in anything from plastic to stone, glass or willow. Gnomes won't be to everybody's taste but there are so many different types of ornaments and art that there will be something for everyone. There are also many different price points. A mass produced plastic ornament will be much cheaper than a bespoke piece of art by a known artist, but the art and ornaments you choose show your character and can add a touch of fun or class to your garden.

Lighting can radically affect the ambiance of the garden in the evening. Lights can be mains powered with special weather-resistant wiring, or, for the environmentally conscious, they can be solar powered, operating off of rechargeable batteries that are powered by the sun. You can also use candles to establish a magical environment. Candles may be used in lanterns, in hanging glass containers, or you can even simply collect old jam jars to put the candle lights in to shield the flame from the wind. Torch candles work on a still night but there's nothing to give protection to the flame if the wind gets up. Often, garden candles are perfumed with citronella to repel bugs.

Garden accessories are the little touches that really personalise your garden and finish it off.

Author's Resource Box>Metal garden furniture and resin weave garden furniture is available from Whitehall Garden Centre

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