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    Example of a natural looking wall made from concrete

    Example of a natural looking wall made from concrete

    When thinking about separating your garden from the outside world, most people automatically think of wooden fencing. Following on from our look at the recent phenomenon of concrete furniture, the latest trend in garden design is concrete walling.

    There are many benefits to having a concrete wall over traditional wood fencing. Firstly a concrete wall will never rot or warp like wood fencing, meaning the larger initial install cost will be paid back over time. The concrete wall will obviously fare much better against the elements and is fire and wind proof.

    However the main reason customers are turning to concrete walls is the huge variety of colours and patterns that can be applied, making them not just functional but decorative as well. As with our pattern imprinted driveways, the concrete can be matched or contrasted with the design of the house and garden, and the style is only limited by your imagination. It can also be made to look like wood, stone or any other material, whilst keeping the inherent strength and longevity of concrete. Finally planters can easily be incorporated into the walls, giving a very organic and natural look to your garden.

    If you would like a quote on any fencing or walling, please make an enquiry here, or call 01706 82 7180.

    Chelsea Awards

    The Plant of the Centenary, 'Rozanne' Geranium

    The Plant of the Centenary, the 'Rozanne' Geranium

    If you read our preview of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, you will no doubt be eagerly wanting to know the results. Some of the main awards were the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ being named as Plant of the Centenary, and the Trailfinders Australian Garden, built by Phillip Johnson Landscapes, being awarded Best Show Garden.

    The Plant of the Centenary is a special award this year to commemorate Chelsea’s 100th year. The ‘Rozanne’ was named after its discoverer, Mrs Rozanne Waterer, who found the strange looking geranium at the bottom of her garden in the small village of Kilve in Somerset in 1989. It is thought that it is a naturally occurring hybrid, which grows taller and has larger flowers than most other geraniums.

    The Best Show Garden, Trailfinders Australian Garden

    The Best Show Garden, Trailfinders Australian Garden

    The Trailfinders Australian Garden is an attempt at “capturing a small snippet of the beauty of the Australian country”. It uses native Australian plants, from lush ferns to bright kangaroo paws and bottle trees, and includes a waterfall and billabong. You can see a short video showing the garden, along with a chat with the designer Philip Johnson, by clicking here.

    You can see all the awards, along with lots of images and videos, at the show’s website.

    Chelsea Flower Show 2013

    Chelsea Flower Show 2013

    The Homebase garden

    The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2013 starts tomorrow, which marks the 100th anniversary of the event. It lasts for 4 days, between 21st and 25th of May, and promises to be the best ever to celebrate its centenary.

    One of the main attractions this year is an installation called ‘The Rush Of Nature’, which is a collaboration with renowned British artist Marc Quinn. This is the first time in the show’s history that the RHS has worked with an artist on an exhibit. The installation is a closely guarded secret, and will be kept under wraps until tomorrows opening. It will then be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in aid of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal, with the funds used to create an apprentice scheme.

    Of course the event wouldn’t be the same without the traditional show gardens, which this year include ‘Windows Through Time’, a celebration of 100 years of Chelsea garden design, and ‘After The Fire’, a garden based on regeneration after forest fires. The Great Pavillion will display a mixture of exciting new plants and flowers, alongside favourites from 1913. As always there will be lots of awards given out, including Best Garden, Best Product and the big special award for Plant of the Centenary.

    You can visit the Chelsea Flower Show 2013 website by clicking here.

    All-Weather Landscaping

    In March we braved the snowy Manchester weather to install this landscaped lawn in Bowdon. The area was first dug out using a micro-digger and a dumpy level was used to make sure the ground was flat. Topsoil was added before the strips of turf were carefully laid down to leave a beautiful large stretch of lawn.

    As you can see from the video (available on our Youtube channel and our Facebook page), we really do work in all types of weather conditions, so although we need nice weather to install pattern imprinted concrete, we can carry out lots other work like this landscaping job, building walls and decking, erecting fencing and security bollards, installing non-concrete driveways like Indian stone or block paving, or just preparing an area ready for concrete, until the weather gets better.

    Now that the weather is (finally) looking a bit nicer, we can start to plan our summer schedule, and we will be installing lots of pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios throughout. If you would like a quote for this or any other work then please call 01706 827180 or click here to send us a request.

    Complete Driveway Designs Video Advert

    A new Complete Driveway Designs advert is now available to view on our you tube channel and on our website. The advert features a few examples of our Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveways and Patios and shows off a selection of decorative features such as walls, fencing and decking.

    To see the video on our Youtube channel click here

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