You might be wondering why on earth someone would want to use an artificial hedge in the garden when the real deal is actually a little cheaper to buy (just). Here are a host of reasons why we think artificial hedging makes perfect sense in the modern garden. [Read more…]
Flowers can form quite a substantial part of a bride’s budget for her wedding – £714 on average (according to 2017 figures) which is somewhat ironic considering they die off within a week or so. Artificial wedding flowers were once a tacky alternative to real beautiful wedding blooms but with the incredible realism of today’s artificial flowers, they are a viable alternative that every bride needs to consider. Here are 8 reasons why artificial flowers make sense at a wedding: [Read more…]
The UK is certainly not renowned for its sunny weather, averaging just 1,493 hours of sunshine a year compared to 2,839 in Toulon or 2,864 in Alicante. Consequently, us Brits get to enjoy a lot less of the garden than some of our European neighbours, succumbing to days on end of cloudy gloom, biting cold or miserable drizzle. [Read more…]
You might have your own view about artificial plants and flowers – for example, that they’re a compromise on real flowers, or a little tacky. But artificial flowers have come on such a long way over the past few years and they are now very different from the gaudy offerings you might have found in a bargain bin at B & M. Here are 4 surprising facts that you might not know about artificial plants and flowers. [Read more…]
Artificial flowers look beautiful in vases and planters, but have you thought about these alternative uses? There are so many ways artificial blooms can be used, giving you year-round choice and versatility without any maintenance. Check out these simple effective ideas for around the home: [Read more…]
One of the very best benefits of artificial flowers is that they allow you to get really creative, without having to worry that your creation will wilt and die within 24 hours. You can use them all around the home to add colour and interest, high and low. On this page we’re showcasing some of our favourite artificial flower headboards to inspire you. More than just your traditional artificial flower garlands looped across the top of the bed, these are truly artistic creative projects that add a unique and universally appealing floral display to the bedroom. [Read more…]
The colder days (and nights) are setting in and perhaps the last thing on your mind is an evening in the garden as the temperature drops. Now feels like a really good time to snuggle up in front of the log burner with a cosy blanket, and this can leave the garden rather lonely as winter sets in.
But not every Autumn and Winter evening brings a raging frost – in fact, back in 2015 in Trawsgoed, Wales the temperature hit a toasty 22.4C in November, smashing the previous November record of 21.7C back in 1946 (also in Wales). That year, the UK saw the warmest December in 350 years – and a year later, the Welsh were again enjoying 17 degrees – more than twice the average for the time of year. [Read more…]
There’s something particularly classy about a neat boxwood artificial topiary ball hanging on a curly iron bracket at the entrance to your home or office. Topiary dates back to Roman times although become popular during the 16th Century where popular shapes such as balls, cubes, cones, spirals and pyramids where established. The idea of clipping bushes into these shapes was to add vertical features to what was otherwise a flat landscape and today, topiary continues to be used in much the same way. [Read more…]
At first glance, it might seem obvious that in a battle between real and artificial plants, real plants would win every time. After all, unlike artificial plants, they readily compost into the soil without a trace – right?
Whilst this is certainly true of composting at home, a little digging (excuse the pun) into the life of a real shop-bought plant quickly reveals why it is far from carbon-neutral. [Read more…]
Winter is just around the corner and if you’ve not already tackled the garden, you might be looking out into a dismal jungle of wilting plants in dismay. Once the cold weather has kicked in, it can take an awful lot of motivation to get out there and do the tasks your plants are crying out for, to help them survive the colder months. However, completing a few simple tasks now can help protect your plants and save you a lot of work when the weather warms up again. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to do whilst the weather will still allow: [Read more…]