Transform your garden with a water feature

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Looking for a way to add a little tranquility to your garden? A water feature is the ideal solution to add a sense of peace and serenity to any outdoor space.

Whether it be a fountain, water fall or even a pond, a water feature has many benefits. If you’re often finding yourself stressed from work, or maybe looking for five minutes away from the noise of the family home, sitting outside listening to the peaceful flow of water is a timeless way to relieve stress and anxiety. Water also makes your garden appear bigger thanks to reflections off the water, as well as attracting a variety of wildlife to your doorstep.

There’s a massive range of water features to choose from at Paving Superstore, so you’re guaranteed to find a design to suit your garden with ease. Contemporary or classical, a water feature is a great addition to any garden. Here are some different types of water features to help inspire your next garden project…

 

Ponds

Ponds are the perfect way to create a natural looking retreat in your garden. Not only do ponds look great, they also attract wildlife to your garden, including a range of birds and frogs. If you allow water plants to grow, you can add extra detail and foliage to your outdoor area, adding to the natural look of your garden. When considering pond plants, aim for around 60% coverage to oxygenate the water to avoid the water turning into a swamp; try water lilies, native starwort or curled pondweed.  Also, ponds don’t have to be a permanent fixture, why not create a potted pond for ultimate versatility and style.

At Paving Superstore, we have everything you need to create your own pond, including pond liners and water pumps.

 

Fountains

Fountains are easy to set up, typically available in ready assembled sets for extra convenience. Another benefit of fountains is they require minimal maintenance and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every garden space.

If you want to create a modern and sleek look, stainless steel fountains will add a contemporary feel to any outdoor space. To make the most out of your fountain, consider solar power to make your garden the most cost effective and add lights for extra effect to create the ultimate outdoor atmosphere.

At Paving Superstore, we have a huge selection of water fountains and stainless steel water features for sale, in a range of contemporary and classic designs to suit every garden.

 

Waterfalls

Studies have shown that running water promotes well being, so why not add a waterfall to your garden to create the ultimate tranquil atmosphere. When planning to create your waterfall, you can use materials already available in your garden or start from scratch, waterfalls can be as unique as you want them to be.

When it comes to waterfall features, it’s not all about looks, it’s about sound. Listen to the water running – do you like the sound? If it sounds like a bath filling, probably not. Go for something that is soothing and relaxing, not annoying!

To add extra detail to your waterfall, why not add pond lighting to create the ultimate night time tranquil retreat.

Driveway Paving Inspiration 2017

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If you live in an area where the ongoing war for a parking space is getting too much, why not take away the stress and get your own driveway? Not only will off street parking add value to your house, a high quality driveway will also add instant kerb appeal!

When it comes to choosing a new driveway, there are loads of options to consider; from block paving to gravel or slate, you can create you own unique stamp on your property with your choice of drive. But which one should you choose?

There are many factors in this decision, ranging from style to cost:

Style – is your house traditional, rustic, modern? Match your driveway to the style of the house

Colour – As well as picking a colour you like, remember to choose a paving colour that compliments the house and area, as well as your personal taste

Function – As a driveway, you have to take into consideration the function as well as aesthetics of your driveway (traffic, footfall, weight of what will be parked on it etc etc)

Cost – Set out a budget before you start looking to narrow down the possibilities of your new driveway

 

Block Paving

For a driveway that can withstand the daily pressure of one or more parked cars, block paving is just the solution. Block paving is tough and durable, ideal for having cars parked on it day in day out. As well as being effortlessly practical, block paving is also stylish, available in a variety of colours and styles to suit any landscape. Block paving has the ability to enhance the overall look of the property, so make sure you pick an aesthetically pleasing style of block paving – don’t be too garish but don’t be dull by matching the paving identically to the house.

Before you choose your blocks, take a look at other people’s gardens for inspiration, especially those with a similar style property to yourself. Block paving instantly adds kerb appeal to your home, as well as value – making it an ultimately wise choice!

Check out our range of driveway block paving available.

 

Large Driveway Slabs

Although there is a risk of cracking, large driveway slabs are ultimately strong, ideal for having cars parked on them day after day.  

Larg driveway slabs create a sleek and modern driveway appearance, great for those with a contemporary style home. Available in a wide range of styles and designs, you can add your own personal touch to your driveway with paving slabs. Whether you choose a sultry shade of granite or a light sandstone palette,  you can create one of the most visually pleasing driveways using large driveway slabs. Not only do they look create, they are also effortlessly tough and low maintenance, besides potential weed growth in future years.

Discover large driveway slabs for sale at Paving Superstore now.

 

Gravel/ Slate Driveway

As one of the cheaper options, just after tarmac and concrete, gravel and slate driveways are ideal for those working on a budget.

Gravel and slate offer an environmentally friendly, no nonsense solution to driveways, as they are quick and easy to lay and replace, as well as requiring minimal maintenance during their lifespan. Not only this, but if you decide you no longer like your driveway or want to change it, it’s easy to reverse gravel and slate. Available in a huge variety of colours, textures and styles, you can create a stylish and modern driveway without breaking the bank.

On top of looks, gravel and slate also adds security to your garden, creating a good deterrent for burglars, as it’s impossible to walk across without making any noise. It’s also easier for drainage! The plus points just keep on coming…

Explore a huge range of gravel and slate driveway options available at Paving Superstore now.

 

Cobbled Driveway

Cobbles are one of the most traditional, timeless and British forms of driveway paving, offering a rustic yet strong driveway that will last for generations without any signs of wear and tear.

Ideal for older houses and period properties, cobbles are  grand and plush looking, without requiring heavy maintenance to keep up their amazing appearance. If fitted properly, cobbles can last up to 100 years with the correct maintenance, so you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth if you opt for a cobble sett driveway!

If you’re interested in cobbles, check out our range of cobble setts now!

Rejuvenate your garden in 2017

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Is your garden looking tired and unloved? Rejuvenating your garden paving is the perfect way to breath new life into any outdoor space! No matter what your style or budget, there’s a garden paving solution ready and waiting to transform your outdoor area. From gravel to slate, cobbles to stepping stones and garden slabs, Paving Superstore has everything you need to create a funky and functional garden that has ultimate kerb appeal.  Here are a few ideas to inspire your next garden makeover…

Stepping Stones

Stepping stones are a great garden addition for any household with kids, offering a perfect place to play all while maintaining modern and flawless style. Stepping stones look great paired with gravel chippings, creating a combination of textures that will look great for generations – they also make gravel easier to walk on!

Pros:

  • Add Strength to Chipping or Gravel Paths
  • Tough and Durable

Cons:

  • Can Expand and Crack

Top Pick: Global Stone Paving Riven Sandstone Mint Stepping Stones

Cobble Setts

Cobbles have the ability to add a traditional rustic look to any outdoor space, making your garden timeless and classic. Cobbles are famed for their tough durability, so once you’ve laid your cobbles, you know they’ll look great for a lifetime.

Pros:

  • Requires Minimal Maintenance
  • Tough and Durable

Cons:

  • More Expensive Than Other Methods

Top Pick: Natural Paving Antique Limestone ‘Cobblestone’ Ebony Sett

 

Garden Paving Slabs and Flags

Garden paving slabs and flags are great for anyone looking to add a sophisticated patio area to their outdoor space, but which material do you choose?

 

Sandstone

Sandstone is the most popular option when it comes to garden paving, offering a sleek and modern look that can add an element of sunshine to any garden. The light hues of cream, beige and brown vary from slab to slab, meaning each project if effortlessly unique. Sandstone is also tough, durable and easy to work with, making it the perfect all-rounder!

Pros:

  • Easy to Work With
  • Variation of Colours Available

Cons:

  • Colour Can Blotch Over Time

Top Pick: Global Stone Paving Riven Sandstone Autumn Blend Paving Slabs

Limestone

Limestone has a distinctive and modern look, featuring tones of grey, blue-grey, cream and tan. Although colours are more limited than sandstone, limestone makes up for it with its luxurious velvety texture. Limestone can be susceptible to environmental wear and tear such as acid rain, but it is still tough, strong and ideal for long-lasting garden style.

Pros:

Even Colouring

  • Easy to Shape

Cons:

  • Few Colour Choices

Top Pick: Pavestone Paving Limestone Black Kadapha Paving Slabs

 

Granite

If you’re looking for an elegant yet super strong garden paving solution, granite cannot be beaten. Besides its durability, granite offers what may be the widest colour choice of all paving options; from light through dark grey to greyish blue, tan, brown, honey yellow, green, orange, pink, and red – the range seems almost infinite.

Pros:

  • Tough and Durable

Cons:

  • Hard to Work With
  • Expensive

Top Pick: Paving Superstore Pro Range Granite Blue Grey Paving Slabs

 

Gravel

Gravel is available in a massive range of colours, styles and shapes, ideal for adding your own personal touch to your outdoor area. From creamy shades of beige for a Mediterranean feel to cool grey hues for an elegant feel, gravel is the ultimate versatile option. Not only is gravel visually stunning, it’s also amazingly pocket pleasing, perfect for those looking to transform their garden on a budget.

Pros:

  • Cost Effective
  • Attractive Texture
  • Easy to Install

Cons:

  • Attracts Weeds
  • Unstable to Walk Over

Top Pick: Paving Superstore Cotswold Chippings Gravel

 

Slate Chippings

Slate is modern and sleek, ideal for adding kerb appeal to any contemporary home. Similar to gravel, slate is cost effective, meaning everyone on a budget can benefit from this luxurious material. Slate is available in a range of sultry colours, including plum and navy, perfect for adding an element of sophistication to any outdoor area.

Pros:

  • Modern and Sleek Looking
  • Cost Effective

Cons:

  • Prone to Absorbing Moisture

Top Pick: Paving Superstore Plum Slate

How To Enjoy Your Garden Despite The April Showers

How To Enjoy Your Garden Despite The April Showers
How To Enjoy Your Garden Despite The April Showers

In the UK, there aren’t many months of the year that don’t see their fair share of rain, but April is infamous for its showers. Unfortunately, this may prevent many people from spending time enjoying the hard work they put into maintaining their garden throughout the year. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Here are some tips on how to enjoy your garden in spite of the April Showers!

Position Your Indoor Seating Correctly

Just because you can’t sit outside is not to say that you can’t enjoy the view of your garden from the shelter of your home. In fact, looking out into the garden can be the perfect way to relax in the afternoon. Simply position your chair facing a large, unobstructed window to admire your garden, even when the heavens have opened.

Invest In A Summerhouse

Summerhouses are great for this time of year when the temperatures are picking up, but the rain hasn’t quite laid off. They are the perfect compromise between needing to stay indoors, but being able to get out of the house, and can also double up as extra storage space for your garden furniture.

Move Your Office To The Garden

This may sound odd, but one of the worst things about working from home is that you are cooped up in a room for hours on end. Having a garden office would solve that problem, and would allow you to spend time effectively outside in your garden, rather than just in your lunch break when, given the temperament of British weather, it will probably begin raining. If you are using a structure as an office, it is important to ensure that it is secure and sturdy.

Invest In A Good Awning

Awnings are an ideal solution for shelter from the light and short April Showers, partly because they can be discreetly wound away when not in use. They still allow you to enjoy the fresh air without getting wet, and without needing to be inside.  Awnings mean that, should you have friends over for a mid-April lunch, you needn’t run inside to seek shelter, and they are also useful to shelter from the heat of the sun when summer does finally make an appearance!

Spend Time Outside When It Isn’t Raining

This may sound obvious, but if you spend as much time as possible outside in your garden when it isn’t raining, you won’t feel that you’re missing out if the one day you had planned to lunch outside it rains. This time could be spent simply relaxing, or making the most of the time you have to tend to your plants and flowers before the rain prevents you from doing so.

Of course, no one can change the tendencies of the English weather, but following these tips, you could get a lot more enjoyment out of your garden, even when April Showers try to interfere!

Tips On Paving Your Patio Area

Tips On Paving Your Patio Area
Tips On Paving Your Patio Area

A paved patio area is a traditional garden feature and, done properly, it can look great. With the arrival of summer growing ever closer, you may be considering either creating a whole new patio area in your garden, or simply refreshing the existing patio area. Whatever the case, if you are spending time, money and effort on your patio area, you will want it to be of the highest quality possible, and this guide will provide you with tips on how to do so!

Plan Ahead

As with any other project, if you want the perfect patio area you need to get planning because it helps to avoid any nasty surprises along the way. Of course, no plan should be so rigid that it has no room for compromise, but it should be enough for you to envisage the final result. Your planning should include everything from your budget, preferred stones and colours, as well as sizing and who will be installing the patio.

Buy All Materials At Once

Your plan should inform you of all of the materials that you will require, which means you can buy enough before you begin the project. It is advisable to buy all paving slabs at the same time, that way you reduce any risk of there being colour or texture variation.

Mark Out The Area

You should mark out the planned area of your patio on the ground using wooden pegs, a builder’s square and string. Not only will this act as a guide for when it comes to laying the slabs, it means that you will be able to physically see the space it will take up, meaning you have the chance to find out any logistical problems before it is too late. Be sure to mark wooden pegs with lines to show the depth of your work, including the hardcore, mortar and paving stones.

Ensure You Have A Solid Base

Regardless of the quality of your paving stones, if the base they are laid on is not of good quality it will show. You should ensure that your layer of hardcore is both completely flat and compact in order that it is solid and so that the bedding mortar can lay on top properly.

Lay The First Slabs Properly

The phrase ‘start as you mean to go on’ is relevant here, because it in order for all of the paving slabs to be installed correctly, it is important to lay the first few slabs precisely. Continue to ensure that the slabs are laid square to the house because just one wrong move could ruin the whole appearance of the patio area.

Be Sure To ‘Point’

Pointing is a vital step in laying paving slabs in a patio area because it will stop the slabs moving and will prevent weeds from growing between them.

Allow It To Dry Properly

Using your patio area before the cement and mortar is fully dry could result in wonky paving slabs. In summer, you should take care that your mortar doesn’t dry out too quickly, and in winter that rain or frost doesn’t prevent it from drying properly by protecting it with sheeting.

If you have any doubts about laying your own patio area, you should  at least seek professional advice. This will prevent you from wasting any time and money and will ensure that you get the best result possible.

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Creating The Perfect Children’s Play Area

Child Play Area
Child Play Area

As we are moving into Spring, the weather is improving, which means the children can get outside to play, rather than being stuck in the house. However, over Winter, your garden has probably got a little worse for wear, meaning it won’t be very child friendly, especially if you want them to be able to play outside unsupervised. Creating a purpose-designed play area for your children is beneficial because not only does it mean you can have peace of mind knowing your children are in a suitable environment, it will make them happy, too. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect children’s play area.

Give Them Enough Space

If you are going to create a play area for your children, you should ensure that they have enough space to play properly. If you simply assign them a tiny corner of the garden you may find that the area looks cramped and untidy.

Choose A Safe Flooring Material

For your children to be safe, you need to make sure that they will come to as little harm as possible if they happen to fall over. Paving stones may look neat and tidy, but they will not make for a soft landing surface. Gravelsafe is great if you want the play area to coordinate with the rest of your garden. However, if you want to give the play area a more ‘fun’ feel, brightly coloured rubber shreds could be a good option, but if you would prefer a natural surface, bark will also make for a safe surface.

Ensure It Is Secure

This is especially important if you have very young children, although they should always be supervised. If your garden is close to a road, ensure that there are no gaps in your fence that could act as an escape hole. These gaps could also let wildlife into the play area which could put your children at risk whilst playing.

Invest In Equipment

If you invest money in a play frame it will last your children many years, and you can guarantee that they will be sturdy and safe. For toys that don’t need to be as sturdy, it is not so important to spend as much money, but sandpits, rockers and ride-ons will mean that your children make the most out of their play area.

Consider Storage

Most toys are best kept under shelter, to protect them from weather damage and prevent splitting. This means that your children’s play area requires storage space, and a multipurpose option is ideal. Playhouses are a great multipurpose storage solution as they are an attractive form of storage and will act as another toy for your children that will last years.

Of course, each child will have different preferences and requirements, but these tips are the basic things to keep in mind when creating a play area for your children.

Tips On Creating A Hawaiian Inspired Garden

Tips On Creating A Hawaiian Inspired Garden
Tips On Creating A Hawaiian Inspired Garden

We aren’t all lucky enough to get to experience the beauty of Hawaii itself, but we can take inspiration from their plants, landscaping ideas and materials to create our own sort of Hawaiian paradise in our back gardens for this Summer. Even if the weather isn’t quite as warm and sunny, at least you can look around you and imagine that you are on a Caribbean holiday. Summer is coming, so why Here are some tips on how to create a Hawaiian inspired garden, and bring a touch of the Caribbean into your own outside space.

Include Large, Leafy Plants

One of the most obvious elements of a Hawaiian garden is the luscious green leafy plants. You can adapt the size and number of these according to your garden size. If you have limited space, opt for potted or pygmy date palm trees in order to get the same effect. However, if you have an abundance of space, try to incorporate full-sized leafy palms with their smaller counterparts. This will make the space feel luscious, and make the garden glow in a warm, green light.

Include A Water Feature

Hawaii is an island surrounded by water, which means that water must feature in your Hawaiian inspired garden. If you have plenty of space, a large pond with Koi fish is very authentic, and the fish will add an extra pop of colour to your garden. However, if space is limited, a small water feature will achieve a similar effect, and the sound of the trickling water will add to the relaxing atmosphere of the garden.

Choose Wooden Furniture

Outside spaces in Hawaii would feature wooden, rather than metal, furniture because the sun would make the metal too hot. Chunky furniture made from raw wood is most authentic, and is likely to be very long lasting, too. If you really want to give your garden a caribbean feel, why not put up a hammock, to allow you real relaxation in the summer months.

Plant Colourful Flowers

A Hawaiian inspired garden wouldn’t look complete without some colourful flowers! Plumerias are the perfect flower, and in spite of growing best in tropical conditions, can also ben grown in the UK. Arum lilies are also a beautiful choice and and while they aren’t bright in colour, their white leaves will pop against the luscious greenery.

Add Some Heat

Of course, a Hawaiian inspired garden needs some of the heat of Hawaii, and while you can’t control the weather, you can add some heat yourself. Why not add a fire pit? Not only will this provide some light and some warmth on a summer evening, it is an authentic Hawaiian way to do so.

Do you have any more tips on how to create a Hawaiian inspired garden? Share your ideas in the comments.

April Gardening Tasks

April Gardening Tasks
April Gardening Tasks

Once again, the beginning of another month means the beginning of another list of things to do in the garden. Of course, this time, the new month brings a new season, which should (in theory) mean that gardening tasks are more enjoyable, due to the more regular appearance of the sun, but we are all too familiar with those infamous April showers. Here are some thing to do in the garden this April in order to get your outside space in tip top condition for the warmer weather that is to come.

Fertilise Borders and Beds

Spring and Summer flowering bulbs may be in need of one extra push before they make an appearance, which means you may need to give them a helping hand by spraying fertiliser on the borders and beds in which they are planted. When doing this, be careful that you do not damage any shoots that may be emerging a little early by burning them with fertiliser.

Control Roses

The sun has been making a little more regular appearance recently, which means that your roses are likely to have really started to grow. As a result, climbing and rambling roses may need to be tied in, or supported with a garden cane, both to keep them looking neat and tidy and to prevent them from affecting any of your other plants. This may mean cutting the plants down a little, or simply tying them back with some twine against a trellis or cane.

Mow Lawns Regularly

Now that the weather is improving, you should try to mow the lawn regularly. Not only will this keep your garden looking neat and tidy, it is also better for the quality of the grass to be kept at a consistent length for as much time as possible.

Seed Over Patchy Lawns

Whether you wish to completely reseed your lawn area, or simply give patchy areas a little top up, mid-April is the perfect time to do so because of the combination of warmer weather with rain showers. You can prefer the lawn for sowing by preparing it first, cultivating, levelling and lightly firming the area.

Eliminate Weeds

Weeding is a never-ending task in the garden, but April is the month that you can really take this seriously. When it comes to lawns, April is the best month to apply a lawn weed killer, but be sure to follow product specific instructions in order to cause as little groundwater pollution as possible. You should also use a hoe to remove any weeds that may already have grown in them, and mulch any areas that may be prone to weed intrusion.

Repair Arches and Arbours

Arches and arbours are beautiful frames for larger climbing plants in your garden, but they may have become damaged by the harsh winter weather. You should repair these structures at the beginning of Spring before plants have fully developed, meaning they can be back to looking their best for when you entertain guests in the Summer.

Plant Pot Guide: Which Pot Is Best When?

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plant pot guide

Spring is the time to begin planting bulbs and sowing seeds, but where do you put them? Nowadays there are so many different types of plant pots in different shapes, sizes, colours and materials, that it can be difficult to know which one to pick. Certain types of plant pots will be more suited to different plants, and will create a different look and feel in an outside space.Whether you are struggling to decide which plant pots to use because you feel spoilt for choice or because you simply feel overwhelmed, these guide could help you.

Which Material Is Best?

Plastic plant pots are great because they are cheap and it is almost guaranteed that a plant will not dry out when planted in them (providing that you water them sufficiently, of course). However, because they are inexpensive, they do tend to get damaged by extreme weathers, which means they are likely to need replacing year after year. They are ideal, however, to use to line wooden plant pots as they are more sturdy than simple plastic lining. Terracotta plant pots are a traditional choice, and they do look lovely, but you should ideally only use them for larger plants. Terracotta seems to soak up the water in the soil, which means that smaller plants are likely to dry out more quickly, sometimes quicker than you can keep up with if the weather is warm.

Does Size Really Matter?

You may have fallen in love with the perfect plant pot and believe that it won’t matter if it is a little small for your plants, but you should try to avoid using plant pots that are even slightly too small. This is especially important if you are growing root vegetables, and many of them will need to be moved to larger pots as they grow. If the roots of your plant are beginning to grow out of the bottom, you should move them into a larger pot. However, you should not plant them in too large pots too quickly, as this can cause soil to simply bulk into soggy clumps.

How Deep Should The Pot Be?

This depth of your plant pot will depend on the type of plant you will be growing in it. Tall flowers with weak stems may benefit from pots with slight higher sides. Vegetables that spread their roots horizontally will benefit from wide planters that are a minimum of 15 centimetres deep.

Can They Be Practical And Beautiful?

Just because your plant pots meet your needs, doesn’t mean they can’t look pretty, too. In fact, often the most practical of planters end up looking the best because they mean your plants and flowers grow to their best potential. If your plants have flowing foliage, a cascade planter will look great, as the flowers can be displayed properly. Similarly, if you have a variety plants that require different soils, but look great together, divided tiered planters will give the best effect.

This is by no means an extensive guide to which plant pot is best for your specific plants, but it does at least give you an idea of what you should keep in mind when you are selecting the pots for your garden.

Top Five Perennials That Are Suitable For All Weathers

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top 5 perennials

One of the most exciting things to happen in gardening in the (relatively) recent past is the increasing ubiquity of perennial plants. Perennials are great for many reasons, but principally because they are the perfect combination of being both beautiful and long-lasting, many flowering all the way through from Spring until Autumn. Perennials are also great because they are so reasonably priced, meaning that they are accessible to all and and because they work well both planted in pots and in borders. To top all of this off, they will return the next year, which means that you can enjoy their beauty more than once. However, given that there is such a wide variety, choosing which perennials to plant can be difficult. Here are five of our top recommendations to make choosing a little easier.

1.Heucheras

If you want to get the most out of your perennial Heucheras, choose one of the varieties that is named after cities ( for example, ‘Milan’ or ‘Rio’). These varieties tend to be fairly slug resistant and the dark varieties thrive in sunny areas, whilst the lighter coloured plants do well in shade, meaning that they are suitable for all gardens. They can also be planted in all manner of ways, including in borders, under trees and in hanging baskets.

2.Salvia Nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

These flowers are beautiful in the way that they are perfectly coordinated, as if their costume was specifically chosen for them to stand out in the crowd: their leaves are a beautiful silver-green and their violet foliage on purple stems pop perfectly against them. These will also see you through until late October, providing that you deadhead them when required. Salvias do love sun and will always grow best in a sunny patch of your garden, but it is versatile in the way that it can be planted as its own masterpiece as well as being interwoven into longer grasses.

  1. Tiarella ‘Iron Butterfly’

These plants are renowned for their ability to produce beautifully-coloured flowers, even in dappled shade. They will look fantastic all the way through from March until the beginning of November. These look great when clustered around the trunk of a tree or in a shady window box.

4.Euphorbia Corallioides

The yellow-green colour of this plant works as a perfect contrast to bright red flowers, whether in a border or as some more substantial foliage in a plant pot. They also look great inside the house, and will last a while inside too, providing that you dip the stems into hot water after cutting them.

  1. Dianthus ‘Memories’

This perennial is perfect in a front garden given that it both looks and smells wonderful. It grows best in sunnier spots that also have free-draining alkaline soil, which means either liming your soil, or growing the flowers in pots. It grows neat naturally, which gives a brilliant first impression and means they are easy to maintain- all you need do is deadhead when necessary to keep the flowers coming.

There are plenty of other perennial plants that will last from Spring to Autumn, but these are just a handful of our favourites.