Direct Garden Decor; Garden Fountains
Garden-Fountains.com is owned by DIRECT GARDEN DÉCOR , a home & garden specialty manufacturer and importer founded in 1996. Our wide and growing offering of garden décor needs from fountains to statuary, birdbaths, planters and much more allows us to be a perfect one stop shop for each and every garden consumer. Garden Fountains are proud to offer our customers the best of the best in the outdoor decor industry. From fountains to statues, planters, bird baths and more, we have one of the largest on-line selections of all things outdoor.
Garden Fountains products range from cast stone creations to ceramic glazed products and lightweight, fiberglass and resin manufactured products. All of our products ship directly from the manufacturer to your shipping location. For this reason, we do not offer a printed catalog and we operate on-line only.
Many of our cast stone products are manufactured in the United States. These are typically offered in your choice of patina/finish choices. When an item is offered in your choice of patina/finish, each order is custom made after the order is placed. Each manufacturer applies the finish to the cast stone pieces using different methods, but you can expect most cast stone pieces will vary in their coloring. This is often due to the patinas being hand applied during the manufacturing process. The variations create a unique finish for each piece ordered. Because of this, we suggest if you are planning on ordering two of an item, such as a planter, that you order two at one time in order to get similar/matching coloring. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your order, so since the cast stone items are special order and non-returnable, many manufacturers will offer color samples shipped to you prior to ordering for a minimal charge.
The manufacturers of our glazed and terra cotta pottery offer products that are subjected to stringent testing in freeze and thaw conditions to ensure the best quality. These hand-made pieces of pottery may experience variations in coloring due to the hand-creation process and are a natural occurrence in the manufacturing process. This creates a unique coloring that makes the pieces special for any outdoor location.
Once your order is placed, each manufacturer is notified within 24 hours. The manufacturer then begins production of your item or begins processing your order. Once your item is ready to ship, the manufacturer then ships the item directly to your shipping address.
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10 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Garden Fountains
Have you ever wondered what will get you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to the value of your home? Curb appeal is important. It’s more than just personal pride though, the way others see the exterior of your home can have a big impact, especially if you’re looking to sell it. Even if you’re just thinking of selling sometime in the near future, check out the advice in this article. The National Association of Realtors gives you the dollar breakdown on which specific outdoor improvements get you the most for your investment.
Need ways to improve your garden but don’t know where to start? These seven quick tasks will make your garden look better in no time – perfect if you are planning a garden party this summer and don’t have time for a full-on garden makeover.
To improve your garden it’s best to start with some ‘easy wins’ that instantly make the place look better. This will give you the motivation to tackle the longer term tasks. There’s nothing like seeing results to spur on a gardener to greater things!
1 Give your plants a lift
Removing lower branches from trees and shrubs (sometimes called ‘crown lifting) can make them look a million dollars. It can improve their shape, make them look ‘cleaner’ and also help air circulate around the plant as well as creating opportunities to plant underneath them. Target branches that are touching the ground or spoiling the shape of the plant and remove them back to their source. Make sure your cutting tools are sharp and leave a clean cut.
2. Top dress your pots
Scrape away the top 5cm of compost from the tops of pots of established plants. This will remove weeds, moss and dead leaves. Then replace with a layer of fresh compost or a decorative mulch and then water the compost, unless it is already saturated. If you come across any stubborn weed seedlings or deep-rooted perennial weeds, use a thin bladed weeding tool or a garden knife to get them out.
3. Smooth the cracks in your patio
Use a patio weeding tool or even an old, rusty pair of secateurs to scrape away moss and weeds from the cracks in between your paving slabs. Once removed, fill in any gaps between the paving with a mix of three parts sharp sand to one part cement, and a little water to moisten the mix. Push it down the cracks with a pointing trowel, then smooth the surface with the trowel or an old piece of cut off hosepipe.
4 Fill gaps in pots with instant colour
Freshly planted containers may contain lots of bare earth while you wait for plants to mature. Instead of putting up with this empty scene, fill gaps with temporary colour by planting violas or primroses. These tough and brightly-colourful plants will provide colour for as long as you want them too.
5 Make a new flowerbed
Most gardens have a bit of lawn to spare so dig some out and add some new plants to improve your garden. Cut into the area of turf you wish to remove, using a spade. Then insert a turfing iron or a spade horizontally into the turf to lift it up. Make cuts along the length of the area you are lifting, so that you move manageable pieces of turf at a time. Dig over the ground to loosen it up, and then add some new plants. Check the heights and spreads on the labels to make sure you will have enough room for the plants once they have matured.
6 Add plants in threes
Take a trip to the plant centre and be bold by buying three of the same plant rather than three individuals. This works best for herbaceous plants such as hardy geraniums and achilleas. Groups of plants often have a lot more impact in the garden than single plants. Plant the three plants together to make a large display or plant them along a border to create a continuation of colour. It’s simple but effective!
7 Clean your pots
Fill a bucket with warm water and a little detergent, arm yourself with a scrubbing brush and clean the outside of your patio pots. This will give the patio a real lift and show off your prized pot plants to perfection.
8 Give your lawn a crisp edge
Cut into the edges of your lawn to make them an attractive shape and instantly your borders look better too. Run a stringline or a garden hose along the edges of your lawn to mark out the shape you want them to be. Then cut along the line with a half moon edger or if you don’t have one, a space will do the job. Then use a fork to flick soil away from the grass edge. This will make trimming the edges easier in future and give your lawn a classy finish!
9 Get rid of old, tired plants
Be ruthless if you have plants that aren’t pulling their weight. If you have old shrubs that lack vigour and have been limping along in the garden, bite the bullet and dig them up and you will have improved your garden instantly. Every plant has a sell by date and when you’ve replaced it with a healthy new plant you’ll wonder why you put up with the old one for so long!
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10. Add a Pond or Fountain
Water is an essential in every garden and you need to make sure that you have it in your garden. A Japanese pond with stones of different sizes will look amazing. You can also make a little pool with an old washing-up bowl. Fountains add beauty while giving your garden the water, it always needs. It is important to make sure that your garden has water features, so think of a great way to get one that looks beautiful and works at the same time.
It does not have to be a grueling task to improve your garden . A few simple ideas can help you obtain a wonderful garden that looks beautiful. With intelligent planning and a bit of creativity, you can have an outdoor space that you can be proud of.
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2 Part Series: The Ultimate Guide to Planters
Part 1: Perfectly Beautiful Planters!
Container gardening is all the rage, and it works in every climate and every living situation. For urban high-rise apartments it’s a must have. But no mater the size of the yard or patio, containers give you great options to bring color, vegetables and herbs, succulents and greenery, and even trees into any space.
Here is a great article on how to select your plants, soil and watering practices that can have your plants looking spiffy and healthy. Key are the concerns of drainage and investing in great soil.
Beyond that consideration though, is design. Plain terra cotta is lovely and functional. But the planter itself can be made an important design element as well. And what if you really want your planter to stand out? Raising planters and urns up on risers or pedestals can help make them a focal point to create a unique and sophisticated design aesthetic. Our latest blog article shows you how to do it.
The Ultimate Guide to Planters Part 2: Vegetables
From the Pot to Your Kitchen
Creating a kitchen garden, or “potager” is one of the oldest forms of gardening. Planting an edible garden can be done anywhere, from a hi-rise condo to a luxurious and large backyard. But with a bit of effort laid out in this article, you’ll see you can’t beat container gardens for their convenience and easy access. Get everything you need right out your backdoor!
Planning a Vegetable Garden?
Check Out These Unique Options
This week, we wanted to give you the best plan of attack to create a rewarding and productive vegetable garden you’ll enjoy all spring and summer long. It’s less daunting than you may realize because there are so many resources available to you, as well as new varieties of plants to choose from.
Begin here, with this article showing you new varieties of plants to consider. Some are ideal for small spaces and containers as well as giving you fresh flavors from vegetables you might not otherwise think of. And as this article mentions, use the resources of online catalogs and mail order when doing your seed planning as well.
Lastly, and most importantly, is the layout of your vegetable garden area. Most people plan too big and plant too much. This can quickly overwhelm even the most serious gardener. Planning your kitchen garden should incorporate the needs of the plants you choose and also give you a variety of colors, textures and flavors to enjoy, even while tending your area. Read all about it here.