When it comes to buying garden screens online, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From aluminium to wood, there are many options available but we choose to focus on steel. Why? Because it outperforms all other garden screen materials. We might be a new garden screening company but we mean business! So let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should choose our decorative garden screens…
Superior-quality steel garden screens
Our metal garden screens are carefully crafted from high quality steel that will stand the test of time. While traditional wooden fencing and trellis tends to warp , our steel screens are fully weatherproof and designed to withstand the often unpredictable British weather. What’s more, they’re practically maintenance-free. Use our garden screening to shelter your plants from blustery winds and enjoy privacy from your neighbours.
DIY garden screen installation
Good news! You don’t need to be an expert or have an extensive range of tools to fit our garden screens. We’ve designed our panels so they are super easy to install. Each panel is fabricated from a single piece of steel and features a 40mm x 20mm strengthening return to create extensive rigidity. On each side of the return you will find 4 x 8.5mm mounting holes to fix the panels to your free-standing post.
Alternatively, the mounting holes can be used to fix the panels to existing fencing or walls for decorative purposes.
And there’s no right or wrong way to do it! The great thing about our garden screens is they can be fitted vertically, horizontally or cut down to size to suit your project.
READ MORE: 12 Best ways to install Garden Screening
Garden screens to suit all spaces
We understand that one of your top priorities will be choosing garden screens that look attractive. After all, you don’t want to take away from the natural beauty of your outdoor space. This is why we have carefully curated a collection of garden screens to suit all spaces. Whether traditional or contemporary, cottage-style or urban, we’re confident you’ll fall in love with one of our designs.
All of the garden screens in our organic, cultural and geometric collections are available in various colours including white, black, green, brown, rust and cream. A natural palette that will perfectly tone in with the colours of your garden. What’s more, you can choose from a range of sizes and thicknesses to suit your project.
Bespoke garden screens
Looking for something in particular? A stylish screen for your beauty salon? Attractive wall panels for your living room? Let us bring your design idea to life. Simply get in touch with your design idea (a quick sketch or picture will help) and sizing preference, and we’ll get back to you with a mock-up and quote. Once you’ve given us the thumbs up, we’ll carefully craft your custom garden screens and have them delivered to your door.
Made in Britain
Our garden screens are skilfully designed and manufactured right here in the UK. By choosing Metal Garden Screen, you are supporting British craftsmanship and the local economy.
In addition, our customer service team is UK based, so you can rest assured knowing if you have a query, a member of our team will be available to help. Simply give us a call, drop us an email or use the handy online chat feature on our website.
We also offer free delivery to all UK mainland addresses.
We care about our customers
Metal Garden Screen not only provide you with the best quality garden screens but fantastic customer service to match. It is our aim to create an easy and enjoyable shopping experience, so you can find the perfect product for your project. If you have any questions about our screens or need advice on sizing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to have a chat about your design ideas and help you buy the best garden screens.
And if you want to share your projects with us, please do! We’d love to see how you are using our screens in your homes and gardens. With your permission, we’ll even feature them on our social media, which we populate with garden screen ideas and useful tips to make the most of your outdoor space.
Unlike with larger manufacturers, you’re not just another sale to us but a valued customer, who is helping to support our small business. Thank you for taking the time to read our post. We hope you enjoy browsing our collection of decorative garden screens.
There are many wonderful things about our garden screening:
- It’s made from premium quality steel
- It’s available in several beautiful designs
- It’s super easy to install
Do you know what else makes it great? It’s extremely versatile. Yes, garden screening can be used for a wide range of projects, both inside and outside of the home. Here we’ll share some of our favourite installation ideas…
Garden screening for privacy
The most obvious installation option is privacy screening. Many customers buy garden privacy screens to shield parts of their outdoor space from neighbouring houses.
1. Fencing alternative
One installation option is to use our garden screening in place of a traditional fence. While there’s nothing wrong with traditional wooden fencing, it can be a little boring. So if you’re after a stylish and unique alternative, a row of decorative privacy screens might suit you better. What’s more, unlike wood fence panels, our steel garden screens are fully weatherproof and do not need treating. They won’t warp and are practically maintenance-free.
2. Extend fencing
If you already have a low fence in your garden but require a little more privacy, you could extend its height with our attractive garden screens. Simply fix them to the top of your fence to increase the privacy of your garden, without blocking out any sunlight. Just make sure that together, the fence and garden screen, is no more than 2 meters high. If it is, you might need to double-check with your local planning authority that you can install the screening without planning permission.
3. Pergola sides
Are you looking to make your new pergola a little more secluded? Installing garden screening will automatically increase the privacy of your pergola, while adding a stylish decorative touch.
Our garden screens are available in a range of attractive designs and colours. You can also choose from various sizes and thicknesses to get panels that are the perfect fit for your pergola.
4. Balcony sides
Improve the privacy and safety of your balcony by installing garden screens as a balustrade. Install them horizontally so they make for an eye-catching feature, without blocking your views.
Hiding unsightly objects in the garden
We don’t know about you but there are certain things in our gardens that we don’t necessarily want on show. Thankfully, we can cleverly disguise them with attractive garden screening.
5. Garden screening for bins
Wheelie bins are a necessity but let’s face it, they’re not something you want to look out the kitchen window to. The best way to hide bins is with garden screening. Install them vertically or horizontally to cleverly cloak your bins and keep them out of sight.
6. Garden screens for oil tanks
Do you know what else is up there as one of the most unsightly things you can have in your garden? An oil tank. It’s big and ugly but completely essential for powering and heating your home. The good news is you can disguise your oil tank with a wall of decorative panels. Here’s a picture we were sent by one of our customers who used the black humbug screens to do just that!
7. Shield an old shed
The shed at the bottom of your garden – it’s old, tatty but extremely useful for storing all of your gardening furniture and tools. If you’re not ready to replace it, why not consider making it look more aesthetically pleasing by surrounding it with garden screens?
Garden screening panels for plants
If you are looking for a creative and unique way to train plants in your garden, you might be interested to hear that our steel garden screening can double up as trellis. Unlike wooden trellis, it comes completely weatherproof and isn’t at risk of warping over time. What’s more, it will add the artistry of your botanical display and provide the perfect backdrop for your plants.
8. Trellis for climbing roses
Climbing roses require adequate support to reach their full potential. Our garden screens can be installed behind your climbers to give them something to grow against. Avoid damaging your climbing roses, it’s best to gently tie them the metal garden screens, rather than weaving them in and out. This is the same with all types of trellis.
It’s also a good idea to train your climbing roses to grow horizontally across the trellis, rather than just vertically, to achieve an abundance of healthy, colourful blooms.
9. Trellis for clematis
Like climbing roses, clematis also needs to be trained to grow along a structure. Metal screens are the perfect choice. Make sure you choose the right size to suit the growth of your plant.
10. Trellis for creating a living wall
Living walls are a huge garden trend right now and something we can’t get enough of! They’re great for adding privacy for your garden and also make an eye-catching focal point.
You might be surprised that basic living walls are easy to create. Install garden screens as a back-drop, add a perennial clematis as a base plant and then carry on build up the wall with other plants you love. Check out Pinterest for inspiration!
Installing garden screening inside
We’ll let you in a secret…just because it’s called ‘garden screening’ doesn’t mean it has used outdoors. Yes, our garden screens are perfect for using inside the house too!
11. Decorative wall screens
Looking to give your interior design a unique edge? Install garden screening as decorative wall panels. With so many designs to choose from, you’re bound to find one you love!
12. Create partitions in your home with garden screening
Our decorative steel panels make the perfect partitioning for homes, where building a permanent wall isn’t an option. For example, screening off the bedroom area in a studio flat or splitting a large bedroom in half for children.
Working from home but no room for an office? Use our steel panels for screen off your desk from your bedroom or living room, so you can still ‘step away’ and distance yourself from work at the end of the day.
Garden screening ideas for all
We hope this extensive list of garden screening installation options has inspired you. Remember, the only limit is your imagination, so let it run wild!
How do I get more privacy in my garden? It’s a question a lot of people ask. You could have the world’s best neighbours. You may invite them over for dinner. Your kids may play with their kids but still, you want your garden to be just that – yours. There’s nothing wrong with needing a little personal space. We all crave and deserve privacy in our back gardens but achieving it is often where things get tricky. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together several ways you can use clever garden screening for privacy.
5 ideas for garden screening
When it comes to garden screening from neighbours, UK homeowners have plenty of options. Generally speaking, garden screening, like fences can be up to two meters high and installed without the need for planning permission. However, it’s always worth checking your local planning policy for confirmation.
Organic garden screening has even fewer restrictions. So let’s take a look at a few ideas…
Carefully placed planters
Garden screening with planters is a quick and relatively easy way to gain some privacy from your neighbours. Buy several large planters and fill them with tall ornamental grasses or container shrubs like Hydrangeas and Buddleja. The bigger, the better – you don’t want to be waiting years for the plants to grow before you can benefit from extra privacy.
Alternatively, save money by making your planters out of recycled wooden crates.
Place the planters in overly exposed areas of your garden to create a more secluded feel. The great thing about planters is that you can move them around if you don’t quite get them in the right place first time.
Plant layered borders
If you want to use plants and flowers as garden screening for privacy make sure you layer them up. The risk of using a single plant type is that you could potentially lose your entire screen if the plant fails as a result of pests, disease, or poor weather.
To create a natural screening effect, install groupings of plants, including shrubs, evergreens, and perennial grasses. It’ll add depth and dimension to your garden while adding height to give you the privacy you crave.
Garden metal screening panels
Wooden fencing has been a staple in gardens for many years and while it’s great for adding privacy and shelter, it can be…dare we say, a little bit…boring! If you’re looking for an attractive alternative to traditional fencing, let us point you in the direction of our stylish steel garden screens.
When it comes to garden screening for privacy, we’ve got you covered, with an array of contemporary designs to suit all spaces. Custom made from premium quality steel, fully weatherproof and maintenance-free, our garden screening offers a complete upgrade from its wooden counterpart. Think of it as fencing re-imagined. Plus we’ll deliver it directly to your door!
The great thing about metal garden screening is that it has so many different uses. As well as shielding your garden from prying eyes, it can also be used to improve the security of your garden – essential for young children and pets. Some of our customers also use our garden screening for bins and water butts – to hide away the things you don’t necessarily want on show. The installation options are limitless.
Create a living wall
Our garden screening panels double up as a trellis for climbers like roses and clematis. You can also use them to develop a ‘living wall’ – something you’re bound to have come across if you’re an avid Pinterest-user!
Living walls are essentially structures (like our garden screens or a DIY version) that are intentionally covered in plants and flowers, so they appear green. Some living walls are a glorified trellis, with plants weaving through, whereas other more elaborate designs make use of planting fabrics and high-tech irrigation systems. How technical you get is up to you. Either way, it’s a clever way of gaining a little privacy, while also enjoying the beauty of nature outside your backdoor.
Build a pergola
If your neighbours have views of your garden from a greater height, you may want to consider building a pergola, or a similar structure. This will give you somewhere you can sit and relax outdoors, without feeling like you’re being watched.
Opt for an open wooden structure or further increase your privacy by installing screening as side panels. Beautify your pergola and give it a more organic feel by training plants to grow up its sides.
What is the cheapest way to fence a garden?
While it’s certainly a good question, money isn’t the only factor to consider when adding privacy to a garden. For example, buying plants and upcycling containers may seem like the cheapest option but may not offer the same level of privacy as a traditional fence or metal garden screening.
You also need to consider the longevity of privacy screening. A wooden fence is likely to require treating, staining and on-going maintenance every couple of years. Whereas our garden screening is weatherproof, easy to install and requires little-to-no maintenance.
Consider where it’s worth paying a little more to get the privacy you need instantly and without hassle.
How to improve garden privacy without blocking light?
A lot of people feel that when it comes to enhancing privacy in their gardens, they have to sacrifice the sunlight. This isn’t strictly true. While growing trees or putting up a tall fence will certainly impact the light in your outdoor space, garden screening will not.
All of our designs (besides our complete privacy panel) are precision cut with space between, allowing sunlight to shine on through. They provide the perfect amount of shielding from any overlooking neighbours, without costing you daylight. A win-win, don’t you think?
Improve privacy with garden screening
We hope our ideas have inspired you to transform your garden into a private and peaceful oasis. Privacy doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it mean compromising on daylight. With clever planning and great garden screening for privacy, you can achieve everything you want from your outdoor space.
If you love spending time outdoors but aren’t really the green-fingered type then a low maintenance garden is the way to go. Here we will share some of our favorite easy-to-grow plants so you can enjoy a beautiful garden all-year-round, without having to put time and work in. In other words, we’ll make these plants work for you!
Low maintenance garden plants
With so many different plants out there, it can be difficult knowing which to choose. But if it’s a low maintenance garden you want, you need plants that are not only easy to grow but also require very little in the way of nurturing. Take a look at some of our top choices.
Ornamental grass tends to be evergreen and will only need cutting back once a year. It’s great for using as edging and will add structure to your garden. Ornamental grasses are better suited to smaller outdoor spaces than shrubbery, as they have a more minimalist feel and won’t take up as much space.
If you want beautiful flowers in your garden but don’t want to spend a lot of time attending to them, Geraniums are the perfect pick. They can handle the sunshine in the summer and are quite forgiving if you miss the occasional water. If you have time to pull off the dead flowers, then do! They’ll bloom all summer, adding colour and vibrancy to your outdoor space.
Mahonia is a hardy evergreen shrub that can be grown in all soil conditions. It has large prickly leaves and pretty yellow flowers that bloom in winter and early spring. Mahonia is ideal for using at the back of borders and in the corners of your low maintenance garden. Use it as a contrast against other easy-grow plants like grasses and conifers.
If you want to create a tropical-look in your low maintenance garden then the Aucuba is the plant for you. The Aucuba is known for being one of the toughest evergreen shrubs out there. It can withstand everything from full shade and dry soil to the harshest British weather. The leaves are large, with a glossy, leathery like texture, which gives them the tropical look. If pollinated, the female plants will grow small red berries in the autumn, which add a pretty touch.
Lavender is a versatile, evergreen shrub that can be used as edging and bordering for your garden or planted in pots. It’s beautifully fragrant and great for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Lavender is pretty low maintenance – it copes well with light and won’t be offended if you miss a watering or two! It’s a must-have for your easy-grow garden.
There are many great things about Fuchsias – they’re easy to grow, pretty robust against the British weather and suitable for gardens of all sizes. There are different varieties available, so you can plant them in beds, pots, as climbers or even in hanging baskets. You’ll get beautiful fairy-like flower displays all through summer and well into the autumn. Hardy (bush-like) Fuchsias are the best for low maintenance gardens. Plant them in moist, well-drained soil and they’ll thrive with little maintenance required.
Bulbs are the gifts that keep on giving. Once you’ve planted them in your beds or pots, they’ll sprout up year after year. We recommend going for a variety of types, so you will get blooms of flowers throughout the year. For a low maintenance garden, look for plants that don’t leave behind a lot of messy foliage after flowering. Here are a few to consider:
- Snowdrops – Beautiful white bell-shaped flowers in the springtime
- Ornamental onion – Summer bulb with onion-shaped mauve flowers
- Crocus – Go for the ‘Ruby Giant’ which is very weather-resistant and a great source of nectar for insects
- Hyacinth – Highly fragrant, stunning outdoor flowers, which are surprisingly hardy
- English Bluebells – Very resilient and able to thrive in damp, shady areas
Who is best suited to a low maintenance garden?
You don’t need an excuse for wanting a low maintenance garden. However, they are particularly well-suited to those who:
- Don’t enjoy gardening
- Don’t have time to garden
- Are new to gardening
- Have physical disabilities and struggle with gardening
- Are elderly
- Are renting or renting out a property
- Have kids and /or pets and want to keep their garden simple
Extra tips for designing a low maintenance garden
- Limit the number of different plant types – It’ll be easier to learn how to take care of fewer plants and spot weeds sprouting up in between!
- Consider lawn alternatives – If you don’t have time to mow, artificial grass is a great alternative to a natural lawn. Paving stones, gravel and decking are also practical options for low maintenance gardens.
- Opt for robust easy-care fencing – If you don’t have time to garden, you’re unlikely to have time re-painting and treating traditional wooden fences. Our decorative metal garden screens are fully weather-resistant and require little-to-no-maintenance. They’ll add style to your low maintenance garden without upping your workload.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our post on easy grow plants and tips for low maintenance gardens and that it’s given you some inspiration for your own outdoor space. If you have any plant recommendations, feel free to share them with others in the comment section below. Got a moment to spare? Share this post on social media!
garden you desire. It’ll just take a little more creativity and thinking outside the box to create the perfect urban garden design!
10 Urban Garden Design ideas
We’ve scoured Pinterest to bring you the most inspiring small urban garden design ideas. Have a browse of the images below and read through our tips on how to make the most of a more modestly sized outdoor space.
1. Raised plant beds & built-in seating
This may only be a small terrace garden but the space has been used very wisely to offer both a bit of greenery and some practical, outdoor seating. The design of the raised plant beds gives the garden structure and the built-in seating saves on space. If your outdoor space is very limited, this is an urban garden design take note of.
2. Tall plants & narrow trees
You may not have room for lots of different plants and big trees but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little greenery in your garden. Tall plants and narrow trees are one of the best ways to add another dimension to your outdoor space and make it appear bigger than it actually is. Be sure to check out this post on the best narrow trees for small gardens.
3. Mirror magic
The person who created this small urban garden design has cleverly installed a large mirror to reflect its image. This makes the outdoor space appear twice as big. As we said at the start of this post, it’s all about being creative and thinking outside of the box.
When it comes to designing an urban garden of limited size, you need to think about what’s most important to you. What do you want to see in your garden? How do you plan on using it? Here, for example, the garden has been designed around eating and outdoor entertaining.
5. Living wall
No space for plants on the ground? Create a living wall with fencing or garden screens instead.
Another way to maximize your space is to go for a more minimalist look. Keep your small urban garden looking smart and tidy with artificial grass, modern furniture, and a strict color palette.
Make the most of a narrow garden by creating a paved path that accentuates its length and leads to its focal point. In this case, it’s a stylish pergola that adds both privacy and shelter to the garden. Select a few pieces of furniture and you’ll have a lovely seating area.
8. Colour splash
They say you should stick to light colors in small gardens but personally, we’re partial to a splash of color! Notice the lighting used to illuminate this outdoor terrace? Getting your lighting right is essential, especially if you plan on using your garden after dark.
9. Mixed surfaces
Laying different surfaces and using mixed materials in your urban garden design can help with zoning. This will make the space appear larger.
10. Urban Jungle
The opposite of minimal. Go wild with lots of green leafy plants and create your own urban jungle. It’ll attract lots of wildlife and give you plenty of privacy from neighbors.
Tips for small urban garden design
Feeling inspired? When designing or updating your outdoor space, be sure to keep these useful tips in mind…
This may sound a little contradictory but the best way to maximize your outdoor space in an urban garden is to think small. Whether it’s plants, paving stones, or practical garden furniture, choosing miniature and minimalist designs will trick the eye into thinking your small urban garden is much bigger than it actually is.
Get things off the ground
You may not have a lot of ground space but as the saying goes, the sky’s your limit! Install planters off the ground by attaching them to the side of your building. Alternatively, you can make use of garden screens and fences by using them as a trellis for climbing plants.
Install a mirror
We shared an example of this above but to reiterate, using a mirror in your garden is a great way to enhance its size. It will trick the eye into thinking your outdoor space is double the size. Oh, and it’ll add a stylish touch that will make your urban garden design more unique.
Make furniture your focal point
If you plan on using your urban garden for alfresco dining, then why not make your furniture the focal point? You could even go as far as designing your entire garden around your furniture. Some people opt for built-in seating to save space in small gardens. Others opt for bright, funky designs that catch the eye and draw the attention away from the limited space. It’s all about what works best for you.
It’s natural to assume that the more lawn you have showing, the larger your garden will appear. Truth is, it’s actually better to break up the space by creating paths and zones. Install plant beds and garden screens to create sections. It’ll make your garden appear bigger and also improve its practicality, as you can use each space for something different.
Decorative Screens for Urban Garden Design
We hope this post has given you some inspiration for designing your own small urban garden. Remember, we have garden screens to suit outdoor spaces of all sizes, so if you haven’t already, go and explore our collections!
For many of us, our gardens are a place for relaxation; a sanctuary where we can enjoy a little sunshine amongst carefully curated plant beds and be at one with nature. Of course, with the patter of tiny feet and start of family life, things tend to change a little. Parents and grandparents often seek to create a child-friendly garden to ensure their little ones have somewhere to play safely and explore.
To give you a helping hand with this, we’ve put together a quick guide to creating a child-friendly garden, without sacrificing the beauty of your outdoor space.
Create Zones in your child-friendly garden
If you want a garden that can be enjoyed by both adults and children in your household, zoning is the answer. Creating a dedicated area where your children can play will stop their toys and equipment taking over your entire outdoor space and ensure you still have room for ‘adult things’ like your garden furniture and plants.
Creating a play area in your garden will also make it easier to supervise younger children, as they’ll be in one place.
Use decorative garden screens to section off an area for your kids to play. They’re available in lots of lovely colours and designs that children are sure to love.
Consider alternatives to grass
Grass is lovely but when it comes to creating a child-friendly garden, it’s not always the most practical option. Installing artificial grass is a sensible choice for a child-friendly garden as it’ll wear better and allow your kids to play outside all-year-round, without getting too muddy. Oh and it’ll save you from having to mow it – see we’re thinking of you!
If you’re building a kids’ play area in your garden, it might be a good idea to pick up some recycled rubber mulch. It’s the best kind of mulch to lay under play equipment, as it can absorb some of the impact if a child falls and may help to prevent injury. It’s also durable, good at protecting soil and will allow rainwater to drain away, so you won’t have to worry about it getting slippery.
Making a planting area in your child-friendly garden
Encourage your children to get into gardening by creating a little planting area just for them. Let them choose their own seeds or bulbs at the gardening centre and encourage them to plant them with you. It’ll be an educational experience, as you can encourage them to use their senses to explore their surroundings. From smelling the sweet scent of flowers to gently touching their silky-soft petals and identifying different colours and patterns; there’s a lot that can be learnt from being out in nature.
If you have space, you could also make a vegetable patch for your kids to grow their own food. Again, it’ll prove to have educational benefits as you can tie it in with talks about healthy eating. If you don’t have a lot of room, look for vegetables that can grow in small planters or window boxes instead.
Build a playhouse or tree house
A DIY playhouse or tree house can make a lovely addition to child-friendly gardens and are great for little kids to young teens (with a few adaptions!) They encourage imaginative play and will also provide shelter if your kids want to play outside when the weather isn’t so great. Teens will also love having somewhere they can escape to with their friends, away from the parents (sorry guys). At least you can have the peace of mind that they’re safe!
Although there are plenty of retailers you can buy a ready-made playhouse or tree house from, there’s something that little bit more special about making your own, if you have the time. Making it out of recycled materials, like wooden pallets, will save you a lot of money and you can always give it a lick of paint for a more professional finish.
Enclose your child-friendly garden for added security
We’ve already talked about how decorative garden screens are great for dividing your outdoor space into zones but they’re also a practical and style alternative to traditional fencing too.
Fencing your garden and creating boundaries will give you peace of mind that your children are safe. They won’t be able to wander off and it’ll stop animals, like dogs, from neighbouring gardens, intruding too. Choosing decorative steel garden screens will help you create a private and safe garden for your children to play in and what’s more, they won’t steal all of your sunlight. Unlike traditional wooden fencing, they require very little maintenance and are designed to withstand even the harshest British weather; protecting your plants and your little people playing outside!
Prevent accidents by fencing water-based features
Whilst on the topic of safety, we all know that ponds and outdoor swimming pools are potential hazards for young children. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children age 1-4 and it can happen in as little as an inch or two of water. Fencing off ponds, swimming pools, hot tubs and any other water-based features with decorative garden screens will help you step up safety levels in your garden and give you extra peace of mind.
We’d recommend fencing all the way round and adding a gate with a padlock, to prevent your children from accessing any water in your garden unsupervised.
Don’t strip back plants and trees
If you only have a small garden, it’s likely you’ll be considering limiting the number of plants and trees, so your kids have more room to play. The problem with this is that it can make your garden look lifeless and empty.
Trees and plants not only add interest to your garden but they’ll also attract wildlife like butterflies and birds, which your kids will love. Trees can have rope and tyre swings attached to them for young kids and hammocks for older children. They’ll also provide shelter from the sun, which is a blessing on hot summer days.
Your kids will have just as much fun darting around your garden, hiding behind trees and weaving between the shrubberies, so there’s no need to strip back on nature in your garden.
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Metal garden screens are one of the hottest garden trends of the year. They not only look great but have a wide range of practical benefits too. Here we will share some of the different ways you can use decorative garden screens to transform your outdoor space
Fencing your garden with decorative screens
Traditional fencing offers privacy but let’s be honest, it’s a bit boring! If you are looking for a way to shield your garden from neighbouring houses, whilst adding style and character to your outdoor space, decorative garden screens are the answer.
Unlike traditional fencing, they’re available in a wide range of contemporary patterns and colours, so you can make your garden a little more unique. The intricate laser cut patterns adorning the screens also allow sunlight to shine through to your garden, so you don’t have to compromise for the sake of privacy.
Making your garden a safe space
Decorative garden screens have many practical benefits. As well as increasing privacy in your garden, they can also be used to establish boundaries and improve security. If you are looking to create a child-friendly or pet-friendly garden they’ll be ideal. Install them around the edge of your garden to prevent your children or pets from being able to wander off elsewhere. Make your garden a safe space with metal garden screens.
Ponds make lovely garden features but are a safety hazard for families with young children. One option, if you want to keep your pond, is to secure it with garden screens. That way, you can still enjoy its beauty and provide a safe haven for wildlife, without having to worry about your children’s safety.
Creating beautiful flower displays
Decorative steel panels are already attractive to look at but you can add to their beauty with colourful flower displays. Use them as a backdrop for your flowerbeds or even as trellis for crawling plants like Clematis. They’ll make an eye-catching feature in your garden and help structure your plants for improved growth.
The good news is that our steel garden screens are also weatherproof. They’ll withstand even the harshest of British weather and help prevent your plants and flowers from taking a battering during strong winds and heavy downpours.
Designing an alfresco dining area
Summer is the perfect season for alfresco dining. If you’re looking for new furniture, rattan and cast aluminium garden sets are this year’s must-haves, along with stylish fire pits that will add both warmth and light to your garden.
Decorative steel panels are great for adding shelter to outdoor dining and barbecue areas. Some people even like to use them to build stylish pergola-like structures. They’ll also increase levels of privacy, so you can relax and enjoy yourself, without feeling like your neighbours are watching your every move.
Screening off something unsightly
Many of us have no choice but to store our bins in the garden and unfortunately they can be a bit of an eye sore. The good news is you don’t have to put up with it. Build yourself a bin store using stylish steel garden screens. With various different styles and sizes available, you can create a custom screening solution to meet your needs.
Structuring garden sections
Garden screens are also useful for dividing up your garden into sections. This will prove very beneficial if you want to use your outdoor space for a number of different purposes and get the most value from it.
Use your garden screens to form a path that takes you through your garden. Alternatively, create partitions for different areas for playing, dining, planting etc.
Are decorative screens a good fit for my garden?
Decorative screens are available in a wide range of designs, so there is something to suit all gardens, from traditional countryside to urban retreats. Whether you have a large space or a postage-stamp square to fence, they’ll be more than adequate for the job.
Metal garden screens are suitable for a wide range of other purposes. Essentially pieces of artwork in their own right and can be installed as such in your outdoor space. Alternatively, use them for hiding unsightly outdoor features or adding shelter to your brand new pergola. Really, your imagination is the only limit as to what you can do with you decorative garden screens. It’s all about getting creative and giving your garden a truly bespoke look.
Of course, if you’re planning on using the garden screens to create boundaries, it’s a good idea to get a thumbs up from your local planning office first. They may have height regulations or certain requirements that you need to follow. If you’re simply using your decorative screens as a design feature within your garden or for structuring your plants, you should be perfectly fine!
Easy to install and low maintenance
One of the key benefits of choosing decorative steel panels for you garden is that they come with flexible installation options. Install them freestanding (with posts), use them as cladding for existing fencing or attach them to brick or rendered walls. The possibilities are endless! You can even flip them on their side and fit them horizontally or install them on top of an existing wall or fence for added privacy. All of our garden screens are designed for DIY fitting.
Another advantage of choosing steel garden screens is that they don’t require a lot of maintenance. As they are already treated and fully weatherproof, you won’t need to worry about painting or protecting them from rust. They’ll stand the test of time and look as good as the day you bought them.
Buying decorative garden screens online
With so many benefits and uses, it’s no wonder that garden screens are so popular with homeowners. If you’re ready to transform your garden and discover the benefits of decorative steel panels, why not order them online and have them delivered to your door?
Choose from our stunning collections of contemporary designs or design your own panel and we’ll manufacture it to your specification. Whatever your requirements, we’ll go the extra mile to ensure they’re met.
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We’ve been blessed with a lot of sunshine lately and it has us feeling very optimistic about the summer ahead. If you haven’t started already, now’s the perfect time to begin prepping your garden, so you can make the most of the sunshine and spend lots of time outdoors. Need a little inspiration? We’ve put together a list of some of the top garden trends for summer 2019 to get you started.
1. Grow your own produce
Over the last couple of years, there’s been a real shift in eating habits, with more and more people showing an interest in organic produce and plant-based diets. In relation to this, there’s been an increase in the number of people growing their own produce at home and this will continue to be one of the biggest garden trends for summer 2019 and beyond.
It’s often wrongly assumed that you need a huge garden or space for a greenhouse in order to grow your own vegetables. The truth is, that whilst yes, a big garden or greenhouse is advantageous, there are still options for those with limited outdoor space. Planters, great for growing vegetables in, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are even stackable and will allow you to really make the most of your space. You can also look into fruit and vegetables that can be grown in small window boxes.
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is really rewarding and a great way to make the most of your garden.
2. Interior design on the exterior
The home trends we see in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms are no longer just limited to those spaces. This year, expect to see people taking interior design trends outside – making their gardens an extension of their own homes.
Add comfort and style to your outdoor seating areas with garden sofas, cushions, throws and rugs. Bright colours and bold patterns are on-trend for 2019 and a great way to compliment the textures and shades of your garden.
Thinking of designing an alfresco dining area? Our decorative steel garden panels are perfect for screening off an area of your garden and providing shelter. Our collections feature attractive designs, in a number of colours and sizes, to suit all projects. You can even design your own garden panel to add character to your outdoor space and make it that little bit more bespoke.
3. Bold and bright flower beds
When it comes to flower beds, the brighter, the better! Choose big and bold flowers in jewel tones, as well as bright reds, yellows and oranges. Large leaved plants are great for making a statement and colourful, clashing planters will make a head turning feature in your garden.
Hydrangeas were the flower of the year in 2018 and will continue to be popular this year. They’re pretty to look at, come in a variety of stunning colours and have a beautiful sweet scent – what more could you want? Make them a feature in your garden this summer. You won’t regret it.
4. Practical garden zones
Garden zoning is one of the biggest trends of the year. Having dedicated areas for dining (something we touched on earlier), plants and flowers, storage and playing (if you have kids), will allow you to make the most of your outdoor space.
Of course, you’ll want each zone to look attractive, so you’ll need to think carefully about how you are going to separate and screen your garden. Our decorative steel panels are great for structuring your garden zones and creating boundaries. And the good news is, they won’t compromise the sunlight your garden receives throughout the day.
5. Planting with a conscience
Gardening experts believe that due to environmental changes, people are now putting more thought into the types of plants they include in their garden displays. With hot weather on the cards, it’s expected that more people will be choosing plants that are robust and able to withstand periods of drought. Fancy irrigation systems are expensive and somewhat wasteful, so we expect to see fewer installations going forwards.
People are also thinking about how flowers and plants can benefit wildlife like bees and butterflies. A popular choice is Buddleja as it’s easy to grow and can tolerate poor soil conditions. Its flowers are rich in nectar, making it a real favourite with butterflies.
6. Embrace the wild side
Not really the green-fingered kind? You’ll be pleased to hear that wild gardens (with an array of different plant types) were actually a key feature at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Yes, there were gardens full of buttercups, clover and other unruly plants. You know – the ones professional gardeners are usually so keen to get rid of. Don’t fancy doing up your garden this year? It’s simple – Just mow yourself a path for walking and see what grows!
Alternatively, why not sow some wildflower seeds, plant some bulbs and grow yourself a meadow? You don’t necessarily need a large space and you can leave the flowers to their own accord. This type of garden will be really attractive to wildlife and is a great way to give back.
7. Decorative metal work
Another popular garden feature at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 was decorative metal work. From structuring planting areas and adding shelter to freestanding décor in its own right, gardeners exhibited a variety of installation ideas for decorative metal work that can add both style and practical benefits to gardens of all sizes.
Striking industrial metalwork creates a real contrast against delicate flowers and plants and is a must-have this year for all types of garden, from countryside cottage to urban retreats.
Take a look at our range of decorative steel garden screens for inspiration. With collections including cultural, geometric and organic – there’s designs to suit all.
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