Planters & Landscaping

  1. 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 you

  2. 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

  3. Growing fruit and vegetables at home has become hugely popular over recent years, with people trying their hands at everything from a few small herb pots on the window sill to full-size allotment plots stuffed with delicious produce. There are plenty of benefits to growing your own food; it’s healthier, tastier and better for the environment - but it can also be time consuming and tricky to get right, which is why using raised vegetable beds could be the answer to all your gardening woes. Soil quality A strong plant needs a strong foundation, and this comes straight from the soil you plant it in; garden soil is notoriously difficult to grow in, and is often full of clay and stones and lacks nourishment. One option is to use a rotavator to dig plenty of compost and soil improver through, but this can be a pretty costly exercise. A far easier alternative is to add some raised beds to your garden - as they sit on top of the existing soil, you can simply fill them wi

  4. A garden arch makes for a truly eye-pleasing addition to gardens of any type or size, but there are various considerations to make before placing one in your plot, to ensure you get the most from this attractive feature. Where you decide to locate your garden arch can influence the look you want to create. If you position it close to the house, it will provide you with the best view, and will act as a focal point for your garden. Many people like to place their garden arch over a path, or to link different parts of the garden together, but it can also be placed out of view, so that it can surprise and delight you as you enter secret or hidden parts of the garden. Think about where you place your garden arch in relation to other structures, such as trellis panels, a pagoda, gazebos or a garden arbour. Your garden arch deserves to be shown off in its own right, and shouldn't have to jostle for attention when placed next to other structures. Consider where you locate your garden arch

  5. For many, gardens are viewed as another room of their home; an oasis of relaxation to escape to at the end of a busy day, a space to socialise with friends, and somewhere for children to play. While the UK climate may be somewhat unpredictable, we do enjoy enough warmth and sunshine throughout the year to encourage most to take full advantage of their outdoor space by adding features and structures that enhance their garden experience. Many gardens across the UK are home to gazebos; these are pavilion structures which provide shelter, shade and a place to relax and dine. Other popular garden structures include pagodas, garden arbours and arches. The vast majority of garden structures are made of wood and are completely exposed to the elements. Year round your gazebo, arbour, trellis, arch or pagoda is exposed to sun, wind, rain and snow and you will need to take measures to protect your wooden structure if you want it to last. How to protect your wooden structure: 1. While

  6. More and more people are turning to professional interior designers to help them market their homes and get the best possible price for their property - from tweaking a few bits and bobs, to carrying out a full-scale home makeover project before it goes on the market. It's not just the inside of a property that needs some love to ensure that your home sells for a great price though; equally important are the outside areas of your property, how they're maintained and the vibe that they give off. It's important to remember that when you sell a home, you're also trying to sell a lifestyle, and a fabulous outdoor area could make potential buyers fantasise about the fabulous BBQs, fancy garden parties and relaxed al-fresco dining they could enjoy if they lived in your home. Of course, the most important thing about your outdoor space is that it's neat, tidy and well looked after. Mow the lawn regularly when your home is on the market and keep on top of any weeding - hard work as it

  7. Traditionally, garden structures are painted smartly but plainly. But is this really your only option? If you want to exercise your creativity, you could opt to give your garden a splash of colour by painting your garden structures brightly. There’s no reason to restrict yourself to plain, uniform colour schemes when decorating the structures in your garden; feel free to express yourself instead! Larger, more complicated structures such as gazebos and garden arbours can often look spectacular when painted using multiple different colours. You may even choose to pair plainer colours with brighter ones in order to create a visually remarkable contrast. For example, you could paint the majority of a gazebo white but give it a striking red roof. Of course, if you have a reasonably high level of artistic ability or the patience to paint very carefully, you may wish to experiment with painting larger garden structures with elaborate or interesting patterns. However, it may not be advisable to

  8. There can't be many more relaxing ways to while away a warm summer afternoon than lying in a comfortable hammock. It is the ultimate chill-out accessory and if you want to create the ideal living garden space and have already invested in a pagoda or gazebo, a nice table and chairs, plus a barbecue, a hammock will add the perfect finishing touch.

  9. 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.

  10. A recent study of more than 2,000 homeowners has found hanging baskets, wooden furniture and bird feeders to be the most popular choices when individuals were asked to describe their dream gardens.