Modern Home Design

What are the Best Plants for Under My Patio?

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When it comes to patios, we usually dress it with outdoor furniture and BBQ’s which themselves can make a fantastic statement. But for true visual impact under your patio nothing compares to adding some potted plants. They can indeed add another dimension with layers upon layers to either create an oasis or to create a frame that draws the eyes of all. The visual impact of the potted plants used to finish the spaces of these outdoor rooms was nothing short of stunning.

So what are the best plants to liven up a patio?

  1. Golden Cane Palm

The golden cane palm loves to be in a big pot and looks lush and green all year round when under cover. If you want a bit more of a visual impact try different size pots and group them or pair them up in the same design pot and place on either side of the patio to create a type of frame.

  1. Ficus

Getting away from the palms another plant that is well suited to live under a patio is the Ficus. They are available in a variety of names that all produce stunning leaf colouring that is also green all year round. The ficus plant is also well suited to pots and is easy to maintain to whatever height you want them to grow to. You can add different varieties of Ficus to give you a real depth of colour and again with the ability to create height with various pot sizes.

  1. Bromeliad

Bromeliads can provide a tropical touch to your house; adding a variety of colours to your patio. They are great in shallow pots which are perfect if you are trying to group different pots together. These types of plants produce tiny growths also known as pups which can be removed when they are ready to be replanted into their own pots.

  1. Ferns

Ferns are a great filler to an empty space, or if grouped together they can make a tremendous visual impact all on their own. Given the wide range selection of ferns available they can be used to fill large pots that look bare and look nice when blended with palms. They make an excellent hanging basket as they can be made to look plump and full of green foliage. Positioned around or above in other potted plants the varieties of ferns add a real depth of greenery and thanks to their ever green foliage.

All of these plants listed above are perfect for those of us that are kept too busy or pushed for time; they tend to look after themselves quite well with little to no attention at all. All of these plants provide lush green foliage all year round, and will happily live under your beautifully constructed patio by Sunscreen Patio builders from Sydney and don’t forget about using different styled pots to provide even more visual impact in or around your patio.… READ MORE

Home And Garden

Putting the Ultimate Storage Shed In Your Yard

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Storage sheds remain one of the most sought after home improvements that a home owner can buy.  Part of the allure is ability to put a storage shed next to your patio or outdoor cooking area and have it double as a place for drinking tea or changing clothes.  Of course, when it comes down to it, most people do still put storage sheds in so that they can keep extra equipment in them.  In many cases, they serve as a gardener’s supply area.

Whatever you decide to use your storage shed for, there are certainly a lot of different material options.  Here are some of the most popular shed types for yards, along with reasons why you would want to use each type:

Cedar sheds:

Cedar sheds are popular because they are so well constructed that they can be used for both storage and entertaining. In general, cedar siding will last for decades and add so much value to your yard that your house might look cheap in comparison. On the other hand, cedar sheds are not cheap, which can be a potential drawback. Of course, if you have a formal outdoor kitchen and you host people for lunch and dinner, it can be an invaluable temporary space to get your supplies from.

Man-made material sheds:

If your yard features spots that are hidden from view some of the time, you might consider looking at a shed that is made of man-made materials. People will not see except in passing, making it a utilitarian piece that does not detract from the value of your yard. Vinyl outdoor sheds are one of the more popular shed types in this category because they can be unobtrusive, weather-proof, and quite easy to clean. The only real limitation of vinyl sheds is that they are not going to come in a 500 sq. ft configuration. Instead, they seem to be largely the material of choice for small sheds that can be tucked away from view while they hold your tools.

Greenhouse sheds:

One intriguing choice for storage in your yard is to get a glass or plastic greenhouse shed that can double as a place where you raise your plants. Because many greenhouse configurations are larger, they make an ideal choice for someone who wants storage space and space to work on their hobbies. In urban areas, where people often move into cottages, they make a welcome addition that can double as an office for those that want a quiet space to work. Another use for greenhouse sheds that is becoming popular is to add aquaponic systems to them and grow plants within that type of system. They can also be used to create herb gardens that can weather the winter if your home is in an area where there is inclement weather.

Finding the right type of garden or storage shed to put into your yard can take some time. Ultimately, if you think that you can use your shed for … READ MORE