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Garden Ideas - Add Decking with Planted Areas

Are you starting to think about tackling your garden so it will be ready for outdoor summer living with your friends and family?

Are you wondering how you're going to manage to get everything done so your outdoor space looks how you want it to? Would a magic wand make your life a whole lot easier? If this sounds like you, you're not alone.

More and more people are on the lookout for a great-looking, low maintenance garden solution. And the good news is that not all gardens are hard work. At Innes Building Timber, we're big fans of low maintenance, great looking gardens and have a whole host of solutions to help you achieve this. And one of our favourite options is some clever decking and carefully selected plants.

Garden Decking & Plants


Create a great looking, low maintenance look with decking & plants

The great thing about decking is that it's an immediate solution. Unlike a lawn that you're growing from seed, with a deck, you can have your feature in place the same day. And what a feature a deck is. When you choose the right deck, it will become the jewel in the crown of your garden. You can see our range of decking and deck accessories here.

A great space for entertaining and for extra solid seating areas, decking is much easier to maintain than grass. That said, decking does require a fairly significant financial investment at the start. It also needs some annual maintenance, but over the years it pays for itself in the time you get back from not having to mow, water and re-seed.

When you combine a deck with cleverly planted areas around it, or even some gravel and mismatched stones, you get a stylish, high impact look quickly. The great thing about this approach though isn't just that you can make a quick impact, it's that you won't become a slave to your garden. Granted, decks require painting or staining to keep them in tiptop condition, but that’s nothing in comparison to mowing a lawn week after week after week.

Here are 3 great ideas to make the most of your decking and plants

1. Make it bright. Paint your deck a bright, contrasting colour so it becomes a real feature. Combine your bright deck with single colour green plants.

2. Keep it neutral so it blends in with the rest of your garden working as the perfect backdrop. If you go this route, you can choose a riot of colour for your plants.

3. Stain it black to get a real designer edge, then surround it with white gravel and a few statement plants. This option will make you feel like you've moved into an interior magazine lifestyle.

Composite Decking

Just as artificial grass is now a great, low maintenance feature for your garden, composite decking is a fairly new product that means you can have beautiful long-lasting decking that requires very little ongoing attention.

Composite decking is made of a mixture of synthetic and natural materials that resist fading, staining, scratching and mould. It is much more resistant to rotting and warping than wooden decking, so, you can put your paint brush and sander back in the shed. IBT are market leaders in the supply of composite decking and will be writing more about this product in future news articles. In the meantime, look at this wide range of composite decking options.

No matter what style you of deck and planting you choose, you can be sure that, with just a little bit of planning, the end look will be fantastic. Even better than that, you'll have all the time you want to enjoy your garden this summer, rather than being a slave to it.

Order online now or come and visit us – that way you get the benefit of our advice face-to-face.

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