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  1. It’s easy to assume that garden structures (such as gazebos, trellises, arbours and arches) are only designed for the summer months. As the skies darken and the winds become cooler, it can be tempting to forget about your existing garden structures and refrain from buying new ones until the winter is over. In reality, however, garden structures can provide enormous benefits, even during the coldest part of the year. As we discussed in a previous blog entry, a garden arbour or a gazebo can give you enough shelter to enjoy your garden when the weather is cold. However, there are also more subtle advantages to having garden structures during the winter. The most obvious benefit is purely aesthetic. Imagine waking up to see your garden gazebo covered with a light dusting of snow on a particularly cold day. Think about the delicate tracery of frost that will form in latticework of your garden trellis during crisp winter mornings. The simple truth is that an elegant garden structure can

  2. Garden structures such as gazebos, garden arches and fencing can be beautiful and useful in their own right. However, they can also help to craft a neat but varied garden by dividing it into different sections. It can sometimes feel as though you don’t have enough space in your garden to put in all the features that you want without them clashing. Creating a sectional garden is a fantastic way of resolving this problem. You don’t have to be an expert in landscape design (or even own a particularly large garden) to use garden structures to create an interesting and diverse garden layout. All you need is a little imagination and a willingness to experiment.

  3. If your back garden is starting to feel a bit stale and suburban then it might be time for a change - make it the kind of outdoor area you're proud to show off! Ditch the dahlias and crazy paving and choose a look that's up to the minute and fun to spend time in. An oriental theme is the perfect way to make your garden look fashionable and up to date, and you can take the theme as far as you like. Choose some beautiful cherry trees and acers to add a gorgeous dash of colour whatever the season - your garden will look fresh and pastel in the spring months and fiery and vibrant later on in the year. Create a sheltered area with a pagoda and you can channel a Japanese look further; opt for neutral stains for a more reserved look or choose a rich dark reddish brown for a look that's straight out of a guidebook. Not only will a pagoda add visual interest to your garden, but with the great British summertime as unpredictable as it is, you might be glad of somewhere to shelter when you'

  4. A wooden gazebo is an amazingly practical garden accessory, as it can be used to provide shelter while you relax or socialise in your garden. And a garden gazebo can also add a wonderful aesthetic flourish to your garden. So where should you place your garden gazebo to best take advantage of both its practical and aesthetic benefits?

  5. For the dedicated crafter, you’ve probably wished many times for a space in your house that is just for your hobby, especially if your crafting space tends to be the kitchen or dining room table. Worse still, your crafting area might be the middle of your family room, where sticky small fingers may dig into your fabric or yarn stash for play items, or someone well-meaning may tidy away at a crucial moment in preparation for visitors.

  6. The colder weather is upon us and this is a great time to be in the garden, keeping active and making the most of your raised beds and planters. Some of the most frequently used vegetables can be grown successfully over winter, keeping your vegetable garden in use and providing food for your table.

  7. Autumn is a melancholic time in the garden; the perennials are dying back, annuals have had their moment, and you may be faced with a few empty spaces where plants have been pruned. The garden may not be looking its best, but you may still be enjoying some mild days, absorbing some late golden sunshine when you can. It makes sense to keep as much interest in the garden as possible, making it an inviting place to spend time for as many months of the year as you can.

  8. The summerhouse is back in fashion and now you can relive your fond childhood memories with your own family, thanks to a timber summerhouse that you can even use as an office. The summerhouse was a stalwart of the British garden for decades, before the more humble shed came in to take its place. With a new appreciation for outdoor space, though, as well as more people working at home and needing a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the family, they’re coming back into fashion.

  9. The garage has been a commonplace part of the British home for decades and most new houses are still constructed with one. However, research consistently demonstrates that homeowners do not use their garages for their cars – in fact, as little as 25% do - with garages often becoming uncoordinated storage ground for piles of unwanted household junk. Instead, cars are parked on the driveway, where they are more vulnerable to extremes of weather, theft and vandalism, causing insurance premiums to rise as a result.

  10. If you’re the type to give your car a name and lovingly clean it at the weekend, then don’t you feel sad when it sits outside in the elements in the winter months? You can fix that, right now, by giving your car a wooden carport for an early Christmas present.