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  1. In selecting the right fencing product for your garden, you should consider a few things first. Do you want total privacy above all else? Are you looking for something decorative? Where is your fencing going to be situated? For privacy Ripon and Shutter panels provide that all-important privacy for your garden in a simple and effective way, whilst also being nice to look at, especially with the right fence post caps to set off the look. Canterbury and Beverley panels with their diagonal slats provide a little more sophistication and elegance, whilst still providing full privacy in your garden. For decoration Windsor and Chatsworth styles create lower level fencing, perfect for decorative fencing, for example to mark the border of your front garden whilst still showing off your lawn and plants. A latched gate provides quaint charm for the bottom of your garden path. For both If you have a good relationship with the neighbours, York and Salisbury style panels are a litt

  2. A beautiful summerhouse provides an exciting addition to any garden, but before you invest, take some time to consider exactly where to position it to gain maximum benefits. Additionally, it makes sense to check if you need planning permission. After all, you don't want to go to this trouble only to find that you have to move it. Once you've checked this, you're good to get thinking. Getting the most out of the day Sunny British summer days can be few and far between, so you'll want to make the most of every bit of daylight. Which part of your garden offers the best views? Do you prefer the morning sun or the evening light? Will you require some shade during the day? Now imagine yourself sitting in that space, warm in the sun, protected from the wind and enjoying the garden. How does that make you feel? If you feel great, then that's where you should place your summerhouse. Access Now that you've decided on the position of your summerhouse, it's important to consider the lo

  3. A summerhouse is an iconic British addition to any garden. Just think of all the literary masterpieces that have been created by our greatest writers in their summerhouses for a start. A summerhouse is so much more than a dusty shed full of tools, it can be a place for peace, quiet and comfort. Imagine sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of tea, a good book, and the sun streaming onto your face. Pure bliss. Whether you want to create the next great piece of literature or just escape the chaos of the house, a summerhouse has some fantastic benefits. Weather-proof We all know there’s no predicting the good old British weather! A summerhouse lets you enjoy your beautiful garden whatever the weather. Protected from the rain and sheltered from the wind, summerhouses provide a cosy mix of indoors and outdoors, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It can also be a great place to grow some of your more delicate plants and flowers, creating a warm indoor part of your garden wh

  4. Are you considering replacing your garden gazebo with a brand new one? Well-made gazebos can last for years or even decades. Sadly, however, they do suffer from wear and tear just like any other type of exposed structure. So they do occasionally need to be replaced. But how can you tell if it’s time to retire your old gazebo and invest in a new one? It’s not always an easy decision to make. But there are a number of indicators that can tell you if it’s time to replace your gazebo. 1. Your gazebo requires constant repairs If you need to carry out maintenance and repairs on your gazebo very frequently just to stop it from falling down, it’s probably because the structure is showing its age. If you constantly have to repair your gazebo, the best solution is to simply replace it with a new one. Why should you tolerate constant problems that require repairs when you could simply invest in a newer, sturdier structure? 2. The roof leaks Gazebos are designed to provide shad

  5. In addition to our range of gorgeous gazebos, terrific trellises and amazing arbours, we also sell greenhouses with elegant wooden frames and garden planters in a huge range of styles. But which is the best option for you? Should you invest in planters so you can grow your plants in the open air, or purchase a greenhouse that can protect them from harsh weather and provide them with a warmer environment? The answer depends on the kind of plants you want to grow, the size of your garden and, of course, your unique sense of style. 1. What do you want to grow? Some plants will grow perfectly well in your garden, whereas others need the protection of a greenhouse. As a general rule, plants that are native to the UK can survive outdoor conditions comfortably and should be planted outside in planters. In contrast, plants that typically grow in warmer climates and have been imported to Britain often require greenhouse conditions to flourish. In short, you should invest in planters if yo

  6. Here at Live Outside, we are known for the magnificent quality of our wooden gazebos. However, we also sell garden canopies, which are a fantastic alternative to gazebos. The difference lies in the openness of the structures. Whereas gazebos are structured a little like conventional buildings and are far more enclosed, canopies have a more minimalist structure and are very open. Unlike gazebos, most canopies do not have well-defined walls and some don’t have floors. They use roofs to provide shade and shelter but lack an enclosed, solid lower structure. The fact that garden canopies are so open gives them several unique benefits. Is a garden canopy right for you? The key advantage of a garden canopy is that it protects you from the elements but also allows you to connect with the sights, sounds and textures of your garden without the feeling of separation that you might experience in a more rigid, enclosed gazebo. Garden canopies are also great for garden parties and other larg

  7. In addition to our wide range of gazebos, carports, garden arbours and fencing panels, we at Live Outside also sell garden hammocks. These stylish garden accessories are perfect for relaxing in, especially during the balmy summer months. Our hammocks are self-contained structures, so you don’t need to secure them to anything or suspend them from anything. But where should you position your garden hammock for maximum comfort? You have complete freedom when it comes to positioning your hammock, so it’s advisable to pick out the perfect spot. You have several main options, and the one you pick will depend on your personal relaxation preferences. 1. Out in the open If you’re a sun-lover, you may wish to position your hammock in the middle of your garden, where it's unlikely to fall under any shade. With your hammock positioned out in the open, you will be able to drink in the sun’s rays unhindered. However, you will also be more susceptible to sudden gusts of wind and summer

  8. Summer is arguably the best season for spending time in the garden: the weather is warm, the sunlight is beautiful, the flowers are in bloom and you’re unlikely to be troubled by any sudden bouts of rain. However, spending time in your garden during the hottest part of the year can also expose you to sunburn and excessive heat. Luckily, you don’t have to simply put up with it. Here at Live Outside, we supply a variety of structures that can provide you with shade and enable you to spend time in your garden without overheating or becoming sunburned. But which shade-giving structure is right for you? 1. Garden arbours Garden arbours are smaller, more compact structures that are ideal for individuals with less spacious gardens. If you need some cover to protect you from the sun’s rays but don’t have the space for a larger garden structure, you should consider investing in an arbour. Because arbours are smaller, they are also ideal for sun-lovers who only want a little bit of

  9. A garden gazebo is a great place to relax and spend time during the warm spring and summer months. Here at Live Outside, we pride ourselves on the unimpeachable quality of our beautifully-crafted wooden gazebos, so we know you’ll find one that appeals to you in our product pages. However, once you own your own gazebo, you may wish to improve it in order to make it an even more enjoyable place to relax. You can do this by personalising it and adding accessories; here, we’ve assembled a selection of top tips on how to improve your gazebo. 1. Add garden furniture You can make your wooden gazebo much more comfortable by adding garden furniture to it. Why not install a table for your drinks or a deckchair so that you can recline in style? Garden furniture is truly invaluable for gazebo owners. What’s more, choosing a style of garden furniture that really appeals to you can help give your wooden gazebo a much-needed personal touch. 2. Paint your gazebo One of the simplest w

  10. Trends change as the seasons and years come and go, and this year we're seeing some exciting developments in our gardens... The 'grottage' A portmanteau of the words garden and cottage, the grottage is essentially a garage conversion turned into a much more pleasant habitable space that allows the indoors and outdoors to flow into one another. It’s a way of maximising disused garage storage space, and turning it into something beautiful and loved. They vary in style, with some that are smaller and with more of a sun house feel and others akin to a summer house with separate facilities – perfect for the Airbnb generation. One way to help your grottage feel much less garage-like is to combine the outdoors with the structure, perhaps by adding trellis panels along the side of the building and growing a variety of climbing plants. More colour in outside structures People are painting the structures in their garden – such as fencing or

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