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Gardens & Outdoor Living The Finishing Touches


It’s the finishing touches such as materials and garden furniture or statuary that will bring the garden of our dreams to life. I recommend that you invest in the best quality construction materials and furniture possible. We live in an area rich with natural resources with slate, stone and decorative chippings available from quarries nearby. Stone is an expensive material and so it may be more cost effective to simply face a key wall as a feature, or use more cost effective materials such as Indian sandstone or concrete pavers, which come in all shapes and finishes. Modern houses are often built with block rendered walls so it is entirely right aesthetically to use rendered block walls within the garden, to create unity with the house. It could be topped with a coping of local stone to give authenticity and that special finishing touch!


Well-designed gardens have structure and movement- the backbones of the garden upon which all else is based. The house needs to link with the garden seamlessly and professional designers can help you do this using design techniques that will help to draw one out into the garden. Straight lines or sinuous curves of lawns, architectural plants, a feature statue or gate placed carefully in the landscape and the use of garden lighting, all guide you through the space. The style of planting chosen can lend an air of romance or add a sense of energy in the garden


Many companies now make weather proof garden furniture while sustainably sourced hardwoods such as Ipe or Iroko look stunning - and will last a lifetime. Local craftspeople are often not as expensive as one might think and commissioning a beautiful circular tree seat or oak bench or more permanent structural pieces such as a pergola or wrought iron gate will also add value to your property, long term.


Alice Blount Garden Design, professionally trained and experienced garden design consultants can design your garden, design structures and source garden furniture and statuary – for assistance please call 07747 772524


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