Design an Outdoor Setting Fit for Entertainment

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Your patio or yard could easily be the most inviting part of your home. With that in mind, we’ll look at a few ways that you can make the most of your outdoor space to entertain your guests.

One of the most important choices to make is seating; you want your guests to be comfortable for long periods of time. Be sure to choose pieces that will ensure your guests will be relaxed and that fit your space. You can either have your seating facing each other in a circle or break them up and spread them out. Fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor space, and be sure to include plenty of side tables for your guests. A large table can be vital; it can be used for cookouts, games or other entertainment purposes.

Lighting can play a big part in your outdoor design, whether that be candles, lanterns or even hanging lights. You want to make sure your guests are comfortable even after the sun goes down.

Marvin Gardens can help you with the perfect design to entertain your guests and keep them coming back! Contact our professional team so we can assist you with your garden design!

Gardens That Soothe the Soul

Gardens take a lot of work, but they can also give a lot back in return. Creating a comfortable space can be extremely satisfying and become your own little spot away from the world.

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Atmosphere is everything, so surround yourself with items that suit you well. Soothing sounds of running water or wind chimes can ease those hard days and help you get back to feeling like yourself. You can include a fountain or even a small waterfall in your yard to bring that touch of nature back into your life. A stone monolith or colored object can work as a focal point in your outdoor space.

Swings are also a great addition to your yard or garden and can be built from an endless array of materials. Get creative with it and make it something that has meaning to you!

Would you like a relaxing atmosphere right at home? Contact us at Marvin Gardens to help turn your yard into your own private retreat.

Indoor Decor That Deserves a Spot Outside

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The warmer seasons open up outdoor spaces as an extension of your home. To make this space as equally welcoming and comfortable as your home, you can easily take furnishings from inside and place them in your yard or garden.

Items usually reserved for indoors such as a sturdy wooden tables, metal chairs or benches of any type can be incorporated into the design of your outdoor living space. A pop-up tent or removable gazebo over the furniture can turn it into an inviting area for your family and guests.

Instead of throwing away your old furniture, consider re-purposing it as pieces in your garden, as side tables, or as cozy spots to place your potted plants. Any kind of aluminum or metal decor can be used outside with little maintenance. Even for an outdoor garden, a few well-placed vases with plants or flowers can greatly add to your outdoor set-up.

A walk through Marvin Gardens can help inspire you to take your existing indoor decor or furniture and incorporate it into your porch, yard or garden. Get the most out of your outdoor space this year! For more information about Marvin Gardens, please contact our team.

Top 5 Tools You’ll Need for a Spring of Gardening

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Having the right tools when planning your garden keeps the process simple and fun. It’s much more enjoyable to spend your time in the yard without the interruptions of having to get tools you forgot about or overlooked. To help you plan, we’ve compiled a short list of some essential items you’ll likely need for your spring garden:

  • Trowel
  • Hand Fork
  • Rake
  • Watering Can/Hose
  • Gloves

Digging and working the ground and soil are only part of the tools needed. After your plants or seedlings have been placed, they’ll need the right amount of water to flourish. Larger gardens may require a hose and attachment with adjustable settings while a smaller garden many benefit from a watering can. And often overlooked when preparing a garden is a comfortable pair of gardening gloves. Gloves keep the work more comfortable and assure your focus will be on the joy of gardening.

Every garden is different and Marvin Gardens can help determine what tools are right for you. Stop by Marvin Gardens’ new location for more helpful tips and information!


Concrete Accents That Style a Rain Garden

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A rain garden is a wonderful innovation not only in containing natural beauty, but as a means of protecting and restoring natural resources as well. We also love rain gardens because of their ability to nurture and grow native plants, intercept runoff, infiltrate storm water to restore aquifers, reduce flooding, purify water and improve the base flow of streams and rivers. Further, a rain garden can be just as beautiful as it is useful with the proper concrete accents bringing contrast to the natural lushness.

Some Ideas include:

  • Concrete stones which can be used to bring the green elements together with the water elements for the purposes of creating lovely waterfall effects.
  • Concrete walkways that wind throughout the rain garden can not only offer a safe path to enjoy the garden on, but also offer a marvelous juxtaposition to the flora.
  • It is also important to have areas within your rain garden reserved strictly for the people seeking to enjoy it, as such combining a concrete base with matching outdoor furniture can create the perfect environment for a pleasant day or evening spent enjoying your rain garden.

What do you think of having a rain garden at your home? Share your ideas and thoughts with us on the Marvin Gardens Facebook page!

Springtime Containers: Fun Ways to Arrange Your Succulents

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Succulents are great for any season, but while you need to wait until summer to really appreciate your floral arrangements, you can create and enjoy outdoor succulent arrangements as early as the last frost. Succulents are extremely versatile and easy to take care of, owing to their shallow roots, easy propagation, and tolerance of low moisture. The different colors, shapes, and sizes of succulent plants can be combined to create a myriad of arrangements.

You have many choices when choosing an arrangement for your succulents. While you could use a regular pot, if you’re feeling creative you can use more interesting containers. Here’s a beautiful example of a succulent arrangement we made using a stone container. Due to their shallow root system, you can even create vertical succulent arrangements, something you can’t easily do with floral arrangements. Vertical arrangements can even be laid into wreaths and other fun designs.

Contact Marvin Gardens for more ideas to help you plan the perfect arrangements for your succulents. And make sure to take advantage of our moving sale! We’re moving to a new location and holding the sale until March 31st.

Terrarium Inspiration

Terrariums can be the perfect accented touch to any room in your home, office or outdoor living space. Gardens under glass can prosper in nearly any enclosed object that allows light through and requires extremely low-maintenance, making them ideal for anyone. Of course, one of our favorite ways to build these little havens is to re-purpose an object, making the decor perfectly unique. You can easily re-purpose old bottles, vases, aquariums or even an old light bulb for your terrarium.

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These tiny environments work perfectly as a centerpiece at your dining room table, or an urban environment that lacks that touch of nature, or even as an addition to your outdoor garden. Your terrarium design determines what plants you include and where you place it. Whatever plants you include in your terrarium need to have similar needs so the location suits them all the same. You can easily mimic a miniature desert, jungle, flower patch, beach or any imaginable environment regardless of where you live.

Anyone can create a terrarium and we encourage you to do so! For more information or tips to help get you started with your own terrarium contact us at Marvin Gardens, we can assist you in finding the perfect fit for any space in your life.

3 Creative Tools To Help a Garden Grow Vertically

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Planting a vertical garden is an excellent way to add visual interest to your landscaping design and to maximize the space in your yard. There are many different types of flowering plants that thrive in vertical gardens including black-eyed susan vines, lantana, trailing impatients, and verbena. Each of these varieties has a small root structure, won’t add excess weight to the vertical planters, and are hearty plants.

Consider growing your vertical garden on:

  • Trellises You can build your own trellises or purchase them ready to install. You can also increase the usefulness of the trellises by strategically placing them in the garden to provide shade for other plants.
  • Gates or decorative fences Wrought iron or other decorative fences and gates are inherently beautiful but a vining flower adds depth and character. These can be functional or simply added to a garden for decoration.
  • Spiraled metal poles These can be placed amidst a horizontal garden to add vertical interest. Flowers will easily grow up and through the poles.

To learn more about tools for a vertical garden contact the professionals at Marvin Gardens. We understand the unique need of each garden and are committed to creating custom designs for your home.

Bring a Mirror Outside: How a Mirror Can Bring New Life to a Garden Design

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If you’re trying to think of an outdoor design idea that will really help to spruce up your garden area, consider using an indoor element, such as a mirror. Mirrors can be used in a number of different ways throughout the garden, and they even have several benefits. Not only do they help compliment natural light by reflecting it to where you choose, mirrors can also help the area seem larger. The following are just a couple of ways that you can integrate mirrors into your garden design.

  • Small Spaces – If you have small or narrow planting areas, then you can immediately increase the perception of space by hanging a mirror nearby.
  • Mirror Collage – Do you have a small shed in your garden? Create a visual interest on those boring shed walls by hanging a number of different style mirrors together in a collage.
  • Tabletop – Reflect beautiful blue skies and white clouds by using a mirror as the top to your garden table.

These are just a few ideas that you can take for using mirrors in the garden. For more outdoor design ideas, be sure to visit Marvin Gardens on Facebook.

Creative Outdoor Living Encourages More Homeowners to Stay Home

You can increase the square footage of your home if you know where to look – simply open the door and there it is!  The search for luxurious outdoor spaces is on the rise as plans for “staycations” increase due to the lagging economy and the need to de-stress.

Whether it’s an antique bird bath, waterfall statue, steaming hot tub or sparkling pool, your own yard can be transformed into a relaxing retreat. The backyard of your dreams can become a reality with a few pieces of freshly refurbished wicker. Then, add side tables plus an outdoor rug and you’ve created a comfortable living area under the stars. Fashion an outdoor dining space as simple as a picnic table and grill, or as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace.

Perk up a front porch with vintage rockers, grandma’s braided rug and planters with lush greenery. Suddenly that long-abandoned porch becomes a comfy place to unwind.

Need help imagining your outside oasis? Marvin Gardens is brimming with unique and vintage pieces to make your outdoor space “staycation” worthy.

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Outdoor living is perfected when you have just enough to make the space comfortable and inviting.