Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Victorian Mosaic Tile Londo

Victorian Black and White Mosaic 50mm Tile Path with Grey Rope Top Edge
Victorian Black and White Mosaic 50mm Tile Path with Grey Rope Top Edge installed by anewgardenvictorian-black-and-white-mosaic-london-anewgarden.JPG
Victorian Black and White Mosaic 50mm Tile Path with Grey Rope Top Edge installed by anewgarden
Tiles supplied by London Mosaic Restoration
Victorian Terracotta Peach and White Tile Path.
For more information contact anewgarden

Sunday, 27 March 2011

10 Great plants for Long term Flowering

1 Geranium psilostemon - easily the most dramatic cranesbill, it produces startling, black-eyed, magenta flowers from May until October.
2 Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’ - new Jacob’s ladder with dark-chocolate leaves and deep blue flowers. Sterile hybrid so continues to flower until the frosts.
3 Astrantia major - there is a wealth of new varieties in pink and dark crimson or try growing your own from seed. The bracts last for months and new flowers appear from May till October.
4 Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ - Rampant magnificent fiery-orange and bronze bracts and foliage.
5 Epilobium angustifolium ‘Album’ and ‘Stahl Rose’ Again rampant tall spires of this white or soft-pink willow herb go on for ages.
6 Carex elata ‘Aurea’ - the vivid yellow fountains of ‘Mr Bowles Golden Sedge’ light up the whole garden for months.
7 Nepeta x faassenii - catmint is a stalwart ingredient of any summer mix. It bursts into flower with a swoosh in May, it will go on for months, especially with the benefit of a haircut in the middle of June.
8 Scabiosa ochroleuca and Knautia macedonica - all scabious are long-flowering. Literally hundreds of pin-cushion flowers are produced. Dead-heading is unnecessary as the seedheads are charming and they constitute important food for finches.
9 Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ - as bright an orange as orange can be, a multitude of flowers, constantly renewed. As the older stems spread out new, vivid flowers shoot from the centre with a Roman-candle effect.
10 Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton’ - luscious lemon daisies on big bushy plants. Take the shears to it if it gets out of hand. It will recover immediately and be back in flower within weeks.
Contact anewgarden for more info on planting.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Exterior Colours for 2011

  Oxford Stone No.264

Named after the stone often used in Oxfordshire village houses, this colour is perfect for creating a warmth.

Manor House Gray No.265

Inspired by the quintessentially English manor house, this definite grey has its roots in the 18th century but can be used to striking effect in modern schemes.

Mizzle No.266

A soft blue grey reminiscent of a West Country evening mist. The blue will become more intense when painted in a smaller spaces.

Dove Tale No.267

Named after the well known carpentry joint but with a twist in the tale! Some see this colour as a grey while to others it appears to be warmer and more stony.

Charlotte’s Locks No.268

Highly dramatic and extremely contemporary especially when combined with Railings. Widely used as an accent colour in the minimalist decoration of the 1950s.

Cabbage White No.269

A delightful clean colour that takes its name from the distinctive wings of the Cabbage White butterfly.

Calluna No.270

Named after the Scottish heather, Calluna has a contemporary look but with the delicate inclusion of black, it retains a vintage feel.

Brassica No.271

An aged darker version of Calluna, named after the familiar purple colour often seen in the Brassica family of vegetables. This colour comes alive when combined with Calluna and Pelt.

Plummett No.272

Named after the lead weight used to sink a fishing line, this mid-tone grey is appropriate for interior as well as exterior use as often seen in Gothic architecture.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Modern Style Benches & Seats

Good design ideas  for modern seats and benches in contemporary gardens.


Curved bench in heritage colours with soft cushions.


Balau hardwood floating bench with integrated  planters with large cobbles and plastered walls.


Pine Storage Bench, Charcoal  Limestone Paving, plastered walls, paving uplights.

More information at Anewgarden London Garden Design

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Ten Great Ornamental Grasses

Blue fescue

Blue fescueis attractive and  compact, container-friendly tufts in the bright hue. The sky’s the limit when it comes complementing this distinctive plant. Sunny shades of yellow and orange work especially well.
  • Common Names: Blue fescue.
  • Botanical Name: Festuca glauca.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8.
  • Size: 6 inches to 1 foot high.
  • Foliage: Thin blue blades.
  • Flowers: Slim, blue-green, eventually turning buff.
  • Light Needs: Full sun to light shade.
  • Growing Advice: Plant in dry soil with good drainage.
  • Prize Picks: Evocatively named Sea Urchin is about 10 inches high and wide, and especially dense and compact. For a less compact variety, try the beautifully-hued Elijah Blue.
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Blue oat grass

Whether as an addition to a border, a container or a stand-alone accent, blue oat grass is stunning. This ornamental grass attains greater length and stronger blades than blue fescue while maintaining a similarly striking blue hue. It’s also more tolerant of poor soil and adapts well to a variety of conditions.
  • Common Names: Blue oat grass.
  • Botanical Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8.
  • Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
  • Foliage: Stiff bluish blades.
  • Flowers: Wheat-colored flowerheads in summer.
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Growing Advice: For best foliage color, give it full sun in cooler regions, light shade in warmer areas.
  • Prize Picks: Sapphire is a newer introduction with improved blue color.
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Feather reed grass

Extremely tolerant and low-maintenance. The handsome shiny-green foliage lasts through winter, poorly drained soils and may tolerate shade as well. Fast-growing feather reed grass does well around water and makes a pretty screen.
  • Common Names: Feather reed grass.
  • Botanical Name: Calamagrostis x acutiflora.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 7.
  • Size: 2 to 6 feet high, 2 to 4 feet wide.
  • Foliage: Green.
  • Flowers: Plush silvery bronze to purple flowers in summer that remain showy throughout winter.
  • Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Growing Advice: In early spring, before new growth begins, cut down all stems that were left for winter effect.
  • Prize Picks: Classic favorite Karl Foerster was named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2001. Avalanche features a wide band of white down the center of each blade; the new leaves of Overdam have bright yellow margins that fade to white with a pink blush; soft, silvery-bronze flowers; the effect is shimmery and impressive.
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Fountain grass

With full tufts of fuzzy toned flower spikes, this ethereal grass must be heaven-sent. Though its one of the most common ornamental grasses, there are many different varieties of fountain grass sure to add grace and charm to your backyard paradise.
  • Common Names: Fountain grass.
  • Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides.
  • Hardiness: Zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: Up to 4 feet high, though dwarf versions (like the one pictured here) are available (see our Prize Picks below).
  • Foliage: Dark green.
  • Flowers: Enormous rose-colored flower tassels persist through fall.
  • Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Growing Advice: Plant in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Remove dead grass before the new emerges in spring.
  • Prize Picks: Hameln is a shorter form, to 30 inches, with narrower blades. Little Bunny is a mini less than 12 inches tall, which looks especially nice in rock gardens.
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Indian grass

Indian grass  adds stunning green, golden bronze and warm blues to your garden throughout the year with little work on your part in return. Its natural look lends itself as a transition from more formal spaces, though it looks great among wildflower gardens as well.
  • Common Names: Indian grass.
  • Botanical Name: Sorghastrum.
  • Hardiness: Zones 3 to 8.
  • Size: Up to 8 feet high and 2 feet wide.
  • Foliage: Blue-green leaves which turn purplish-blue in fall.
  • Flowers: Golden- or red-brown flowerheads.
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Growing Advice: Avoid wet soil in winter. Divide in mid-spring or early summer.
  • Prize Picks: Sioux Blue has bright blue foliage and attains 4 to 6 feet.
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Japanese forest grass

This slow-growing plant has dense cascading masses of arching stems. It looks great planted on mass, or around landscape edges. Its thin, light blades move freely with encouragement from mild breezes. Whether planted as a specimen or a groundcover, this grass will surely add interest to your shade garden.
  • Common Names: Japanese forest grass.
  • Botanical Name: Hakonechloa macra.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8.
  • Size: Up to 14 inches high and 16 inches wide.
  • Foliage: Golden stems gain a reddish-pink tinge in fall.
  • Flowers: Inconspicuous, summer.
  • Light Needs: Partial to full shade.
  • Growing Advice: Grow in rich, moist soil. Hosta makes a great complement.
  • Prize Picks: Justly popular “golden grass,” Aureola, is the showy variegated form (gold and white), reaching up to 2 feet high at most - really lights up dim areas! Albo-striata is white-striped and shimmers in a breeze.
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Japanese blood grass

Get red-dy for color when you plant Japanese blood grass. Its showy apple-green blades turn blood red from middle to top in the summer and stay lovely through to October. Japanese blood grass stands erect to no more than 2 feet and tolerates a variety of soils, Plant it as an addition to a border, an accent to a rock garden or as a container plant.
  • Common Names: Japanese blood grass.
  • Botanical Name: Imperata cylindrica
  • Hardiness: Zones 5 to 9.
  • Size: 1 to 2 feet high, up to 2 feet wide.
  • Foliage: Apple-green leaves near the base, blood-red from middle to top.
  • Flowers: Silvery-white, late summer to autumn.
  • Light Needs: Full sun to light shade.
  • Growing Advice: Average well-drained soil is fine. It looks especially dashing in the company of yellow, purple, or orange flowers. Or grow ribboned, or massed, for big impact.
  • Prize Picks: Red Baron is prized for its dramatic burgundy leaves.
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Maiden, eulalia, or silver grass

You will be on cloud nine with the fluffy tops of this ethereal ornamental grass. The big showy flower heads create its delicate and graceful profile. Silver grass is a great choice for adding some creamy white to your landscape.
  • Common Names: Maiden, eulalia, or silver grass.
  • Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8.
  • Size: Up to 8 feet high and 4 feet wide.
  • Foliage: Tufts of green.
  • Flowers: Silver to pale pink-brown, late summer to autumn.
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Growing Advice: Plant in moist or mulched soil. May be slow to establish.
  • Prize Picks: Gracillimus has graceful narrow blades up to 5 feet tall and 7-foot silvery plumes. Variegated Morning Light has late-blooming creamy plumes that attain 5 to 6 feet. Shorter-size ones include Adagio (4-foot-tall, white-striped pinkish white blooms) and Yaku Jima (a 3- to 4-foot-tall version of Gracillimus).
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Pampas grass

Add some drama to your garden with pampas grass. Eye-catching plumes of abundant flowers grow quickly - resembling arching feathers. The colored varieties are especially stunning in cut flower arrangements.
  • Common Names: Pampas grass.
  • Botanical Name: Cortaderia selloana.
  • Hardiness: Zones 6 to 11.
  • Size: 8 to 10 feet high, up to 5 feet wide.
  • Foliage: Mid-green.
  • Flowers: Silver with a pink or purple tinge, late summer.
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Growing Advice: Sow seeds in spring where there is ample space to develop - where you would a major shrub or small ornamental tree. May be invasive in some areas.
  • Prize Picks: For a more contained grass, select a dwarf variety like Pumila or Compacta, which produces 6-foot plants hardy in Zones 7 to 10.
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This native grass is a fitting selection for wet conditions, drought, or partial shade. It grows narrowly upright, reaching 3 feet tall with drooping spikes. Purple flowers are borne in early autumn that fade to golden, providing a bright color interest on bleak winter days.
  • Common Names: Switchgrass.
  • Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9.
  • Size: Up to 5 feet high and 30 inches wide.
  • Foliage: Mid-green or metallic-blue leaves that turn yellow or reddish-purple in autumn.
  • Flowers: Purple-green flowers, early autumn.
  • Light Needs: Full sun, though tolerant of partial shade.
  • Growing Advice: Plant in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Prize Picks: Cloud Nine is tall, to 6 feet, with metallic-blue foliage topped by cloud-like plumes of reddish brown in late summer and fall. Shenandoah stays to about 3 feet and has wine-red colorations - gorgeous! Heavy Metal is stiffly upright, to 5 feet, with metallic-blue color that becomes bright yellow in fall.
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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Outdoor Fires London

The outdoor fire pit designed by Carsten Gollnick for Conmoto, Germany. Stainless steel, a beautiful fire pit, measures 27″ in diameter with a 15″ inner ring that holds the logs. 11.5″ high.

Below Fera Outdoor fire
Below Fire basket called Baron from Röshults
More info at anewgarden

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Talia Privacy Fence & Screen


Concealment and ventilation go together with Orsogril’s Talia 80 or 100 design. This elegant panel provides 100% concealment by combining louvered bars permanently welded to round cross bars hidden behind the panel. A very economical and practical solution for screening and cladding applications. Perfect for concealing mechanical equipment and waste enclosures, while allowing 35% free air flow.
For more information contact anewgarden

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Elegant Outdoor Lounge Chairs - flexible wood chairs by Poo

Elegant Outdoor Lounge Chairs - flexible wood chairs by Pooz

These elegant lounge chairs from Pooz are made for outdoor living and lounging. Inspired by the natural flex and features of wood, the easy-going, undulating shapes make these lounge chairs the perfect complement at poolside, on the deck or in the garden. Through the artful bending and shaping of the wood, these pieces have a unique movement about them, taking the eye on a visual ride along their smooth, wavy curves. And the body is in for a ride of its own – right to relaxation land. The Home lounger is made with three, four or five wood slats, each progressively deeper to cradle your body and with an integrated armrest. Milno is another sun-lounger design made of oak and walnut, with a natural finish that highlights the woods’ inherent characteristic grains. Tild features that same signature curvature, only this unusual lounger is raised off the ground and enclosed in an aluminum frame draped in fabric, so you’re made in the shade, even in the heat of the day. Check out these gorgeous modern outdoor lounge chairs, by Pooz.


Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Wooden Outdoor Furniture Designs by Deesawat - Green Wall, Stick Up, Summer Cabana

These wooden outdoor furniture designs from Deesawat . The Green Wall, Stick Up and Summer Cabana will bring serious cool and function to your outdoors, a must for the  summer season.
Green Wall  is a modular wood shelf system that is ideal for displaying your potted plants or climbers Used as a backdrop or as a divider, this shelf system is chic modern and original.
The Stick Up collection is simple yet stylish, taking on branch-like forms to incorporate a rustic yet refined look. The line includes a lampshade, birdhouse, coat hanger, coffee table and a seat and bases of various heights.
A Summer Cabanas these fully flexible, functional and fashionable frames let you choose from two design options: the Summer Bed complete with two beds, cozy cushions and three sectional tables; or the Summer Picnic, which is equipped with a table and two benches.
More info from anewgarden