Decorating Your Window Box For The Holidays

The holiday season is here — is your home ready? Aside from the traditional exterior holiday lights you can add a few classy touches to your existing decor to make it seasonal. Have you updated your window boxes yet? Here are a few ideas to make them stand out…

Evergreens and Berries

 

Evergreens and berries fill a window box. (craftandhomeideas.com)

Evergreens and berries fill a window box. (craftandhomeideas.com)

One great way to bring a little holiday spirit to your home is adding some greens and berries to your window boxes. This is a classic and simple arrangement that is hearty enough to withstand some serious weather. You can also make small changes to keep this look through January.

Like in this example you should utilize a few different kinds of greens to create texture and dimension. Add in a burst of red berries to create some contrast and interest.

 

Ornaments

 

Ornaments make a great window box display! (grand inroad.com)

Ornaments make a great window box display! (grandinroad.com)

Want to lean into the Christmas theme more? Fill up your window box with some ornaments! This example is actually a pre-made window box filler you can purchase fully assembled but you can also create a custom look on your own.

Select a color theme beforehand and head out to purchase some durable shatterproof ornaments. Fill your window box with greens like you normally would and then attach ornaments throughout the arrangement. You can attach them with floral wire so they stay put!

 

The ideas don’t end there! We’ve seen some amazing things created with candles, lights, wreaths and much more. Head on over to Pinterest to see a full board of our favorite seasonal window box decor.

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4 Ways to Protect Plants From Winter Cold

Keep your plants safe from winter weather!

The incoming high winds and heavy snowfall got us thinking — what are the best ways to protect your plants from winter weather? Can you protect everything? How do you go from season to season without having to completely re-build your garden? How do you add a covering to your garden?

Winter gardening is a task in itself and mostly occurs inside your home or in some sort of greenhouse or outdoor shed. Your beautiful spring garden, however, lives outdoors and even though many of the plants have been removed after their season ended you are still left with a few, along with your home’s landscaping.

So blizzards beware! Here are a few ways you can protect your garden from winter.

1. To avoid a springtime rebuild always choose plants that are compatible with your climate. Especially for landscaping choose plants that can last through whatever winter weather your area usually gets. Every spring you will certainly plant more seasonal items but shrubs and greens could get very costly if they have to be replanted every year.

2. If your garden has some plants that might freeze or get carried off by harsh winds cover them up. The best way to do this is with a blanket or tarp. The covering will give it some warmth and protection from freezing and winds. These plants are likely dormant anyway so you won’t be smothering them, only protecting the stems and roots so they can flourish again come spring.

3. Another great covering is mulch. Mulch is used in landscaping regularly but it is also an insulator and would do a great job keeping your plants safe from the cold winds and frost. Before or during the winter spread a thick layer of much on your garden to cover the plants that remain. Just remember that mulch needs to be raked away when the weather warms up, otherwise it could prevent plants from beginning to grow again.

4. If you love it, bring it inside. The best way to save plants from the harsh winter is to simply bring it indoors. While you can’t bring everything inside you can definitely uproot a few of your favorites or most delicate plants to keep indoors until the weather warms up a bit. If you can’t bring indoors consider getting a cold frame or constructing a temporary sanctuary or greenhouse for your beloved greens!

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Bringing Life To Your Winter Landscape

Winter is a dark and cold time – but it doesn’t have to be a downer. Adding life to your yard or winter garden isn’t as hard as you think and can be done in a span of only a few hours (or in the summer if you like to plan ahead). Here are a few ideas to consider…

 

Use Your Hardscapes

A beautiful lattice panel stands out in the snow.

A beautiful lattice panel stands out in the snow.

Getting anything to grow outside in the winter is impossible – so lean into it! Focus on utilizing the non-living aspects of your yard or garden. Structures like fencing, arbors, pergolas, statues and more are striking in the warm months and can continue to be eye catching in the winter.

Show off these structures with lights either strung around the beams or with a ground level spotlight pointed in its direction. You can also add evergreens and hearty berry plants to create a pop of color during the daytime. You can also add some decorations when appropriate.

 

Use Planters Everywhere

A planter displays a lovely winter arrangement.

A planter displays a lovely winter arrangement.

You can create some beautiful displays in planters, even during the winter months. You can grab your warm weather planters from storage and fill them with evergreens, grasses and berries to create beautiful cold weather arrangements. You can also add colorful bows and light elements to bring even more life into the arrangement.

If you don’t want to go crazy just adding some evergreens is still perfectly lovely. Use these at your entryway, lantern posts and  key focal points in your yard – be careful around mailboxes because the closer to the street the more likely they will be hit by plows.

 

 

Plan Ahead

Next year consider adding a little winter prep to your normal gardening routine. Think about what kinds of plants can thrive in the cold and use those in your spring and summer gardens with your normal plants. Look for plants that are hearty greens and produce colorful berries.

 

 

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Using Your Planter In The Fall

Just because the warm days have past doesn’t mean you have to put all of your outdoor decor into storage. A great planter can be utilized throughout the year, even in the coolest months.

Fall is the perfect time to get festive and create interesting container gardens and arrangements. Though your choices on what is hearty enough to stick around will not be as vast you still have many beautiful options. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Rustic Ornamental Grass

Purple grasses can create beautiful dimension in an autumn planter.

Purple grasses can create beautiful dimension in an autumn planter.

 

Create a rustic planter but utilizing a variety of different grasses. Grasses tend to be hearty and very seasonal. You can add a few varieties to create a lush, full look.

Some seasonal favorites include purple fountain grass, Mexican feather grass and Chinese silver grass.

Grasses look great together with a few bursts of color in the form of flowers or gourds! Utilize ornamental grasses to add a little height to your arrangements.

 

Pumpkins & Gourds, Oh My!

Pumpkins and gourds are interesting enough all on their own!

Pumpkins and gourds are interesting enough all on their own!

 

Your container garden doesn’t have to be full of things that are still growing, adding a few decorative elements can really bring it to life.

You can create a container garden that centers around one large pumpkin, add a few small ones in a lush arrangement or create a garden made entirely of pumpkins and gourds! What you do is simply add in a little grass and fill your planter with carefully selected gourds that meet your color palette. If you want add in some pinecones and acorns to give it a little added interest. While it is no longer growing it is certainly lovely.

 

Embrace Color Combinations

Who said fall flowers weren't vibrant!?

Who said fall flowers weren’t vibrant!?

 

If the weather has you in the blue cheer yourself with a burst of color! Embrace the natural hues of fall in your container garden. Flowers like mums and pansies do well in cool temperatures so if you fill your planter with those you will enjoy weeks of colorful blooms at your front door.

Pick two or more colors and lean into that combination! Add a few contrasting elements to really make them pop.

 

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Autumn Exterior Lighting

As the leaves fall from the trees the days get shorter and shorter. Now is the ideal time to invest in some exterior lighting to make your walkways safer and a bit more stylish.

Exterior lighting doesn’t have to be extensive to be effective. A simple lantern and post installation can provide just enough light to prevent falls as people go in and out of your home in the dark.

Combination Lighting

A Hammond Post and Montgomery Lanterns light up this home.

A Hammond Post and Montgomery Lanterns light up this home.

If you love the look of a lantern and post but want a little bit more light a combination of post mounted and side mounted lanterns might be right for your home.

This home employs both a lovely Montgomery Post Mount lantern on a Hammond Post next to the driveway as well as a few Montgomery Side Mount lanterns flush with the front door. This gives off more illumination while also adding a bit of flourish with the matching lantern style.

The post and side mount lantern combination is a great way to add some curb appeal to your home as well.

 

Lanterns & Posts

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The Hammond Lantern Post and Lexington Lantern

Our most popular exterior lighting setups is the lantern and lantern post. Whether your style is classic or contemporary you can find a combination that best suits your taste.

You can place a lantern and post near the front entry, at the end of the driveway or by a walkway – wherever you like!

One of our most popular combinations is the classic Hammond Lantern Post and the Lexington Post Mount Lantern. This duo creates a handsome welcome in front of any home.

 

Side-Mounted Lighting

The Lexington Side Mount Lantern

The Lexington Side Mount Lantern

If you want to add some light to your homes’ exterior but don’t want to install a post you can simply choose a side-mount lantern.

These lanterns give you the same light and style as their post-mounted counterparts. Simply install on a wall near your doorway or wherever you need the extra light.

 

You can find dozens of lantern and lantern post styles at any Walpole Outdoors location, in our catalog or online. Browse Lantern styles & Lantern Post styles.

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Autumn’s Favorite Flowers

Fall is here once again so it’s time to break out those deep colors and cozy textures. One thing you may be thinking about as you transform your living space for the season is what plants and flowers look best in the fall?

An Old Classic – Chrysanthemums

A bouquet of mums in a golden yellow - perfect for fall.

A bouquet of mums in a golden yellow – perfect for fall.

When you think of fall flowers chrysanthemums (or mums as they are commonly known) are probably first on your mind. These fall favorites are lush in hue and texture blooming in vibrant colors like yellow, orange, red, gold and deep burgundy.

Mums are hearty enough to survive until a serious frost and can provide splashes of color either inside or outside. Mums thrive in fall because they do not require a ton of sunlight like summer flowers and the cold can even make them more vibrant!

Hearty Pansies

A field of autumn-colored pansies brighten up the landscape.

A field of autumn-colored pansies brighten up the landscape.

 

You may think of them as a spring flower but pansies are also great for fall. Whether you are growing them indoors or outside you will see successful blooms throughout the season.  Unlike spring you will want to choose pansies in autumn colors like gold, orange and red. You can find varieties in virtually every hue imaginable!

Pansies are also hearty and can withstand a bit of frost. These guys will hang around until the first significant frost.

Vibrant Marigolds

Marigolds provide all the fall color you need in each bloom!

Marigolds provide all the fall color you need in each bloom!

Marigolds are another vibrant bloom to add to your autumn container garden. Though they are known for their golden color, marigolds can actually come in a variety of shades including red and orange.

These are a good choice for bloom in late summer to early fall since they usually do better in the warmer temperatures.

Since the real cold doesn’t usually hit until October these will still make a great addition to a fall garden and bridge the gap between seasons.

 

 

 

There are a myriad of flowers and plants that do well in the fall weather and look great in autumn container gardens. Use any of these colorful blooms but don’t forget those lush evergreens and seasonal grasses that give the garden that extra bit of life!

 

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Sophisticated & Simple: Kit Pergolas

Outdoor structures add a certain sophistication to any outdoor space. But sometimes you just want a simple, priced structure without all that measuring and customization. If this sounds like you then you will love our selection of quality, beautiful and durable kit pergolas. In a variety of styles and materials our kit pergolas are priced up front and come in standard measurements so you know exactly what you are getting before it arrives at your home.

The handcrafted quality you find in a Walpole Shade Pergola Kit is far superior in many ways to other kits on the market. Here are four excellent reasons why:

  • True sizes: Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 18″ beyond the center of the columns.
  • Detail: Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.
  • Flexibility: All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.
  • Ease: Pergola Kits are crated and shipped motor freight, canopies arrive ready to install.

Whether you are looking for something that can add some shade to an existing space like a patio or a structure to build a space around a kit pergola is a smart choice. The hardest part is deciding which one you like the most!

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

 

This classic free-standing pergola can turn your poolside space into a resort! The perfect structure to cover a dining or seating area with or without a shade canopy. Transition the space in the fall with a fire pit and twinkle lights up the pillars.

Standard pergolas handcrafted in AZEK are available in six sizes, arch top or classic straight top, with round or square berglass columns. Factory nished with white, Sherwin- Williams paint which is warranteed for 25 years. Each pergola style and size is o ered with a ShadeFX manual shade canopy. Choose Sunbrella® rain resistant, waterproof or commercial fabrics. Motor freight.

 

Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit

Western Red Cedar Pergola

Western Red Cedar Pergola

 

Looking for something a little more natural and rustic for your home? A great structure for you would be the Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit. This pergola looks great in the garden as well as providing shade to a patio or outdoor seating area.

This kit feature stunning, select grade and knot-free kiln dried Western Red Cedar. The Walpole “E” end cut style is standard. Your kit is unstained and will weather to a beautiful silver gray and is yours to paint or stain as you see fit. Add a ShadeFX canopy and extend your outdoor enjoyment significantly.

 

Arched Top Shade Pergola Kit With Square Columns

 

Arch Top Shade Pergola Kit

Arch Top Shade Pergola Kit

A classic, elegant look for any home. The delicate arched beams on this kit pergola add a beautiful architectural touch to any home or backyard. For added shade and comfort install a ShadeFX Canopy that’s a breeze to open and close to allow you to enjoy your pergola in any weather.

Sizes are measured on-center of the posts and have a 1 1/2’ overhang. Square fiberglass columns with recessed panels, capitals and decorative base. Crafted in AZEK, cellular PVC. Factory primed and painted. Manually-opeated shades offered in over fifty Sunbrella rain-resistant, waterproof and commercial fabrics. Crated and shipped motor freight. Arrives ready to install.

 

Discover more of our beautiful pergola kits online and find the perfect style for your home!

 

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Outdoor Solutions: Kit Pergolas

Adding a place of interest or an outdoor focal point can be invaluable for any business, store, government building, country club, restaurant, school or sports and leisure center. Creating a space for people to relax, eat or otherwise just enjoy the outdoors is key in creating a relaxing and stress-free environment. Creating that space can also be stress-free as well with the simple and beautiful Walpole priced pergola kits.

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A kit pergola could be just what your backyard needs.

If you don’t want to spend the money or time building a custom structure our selection of priced pergola kits is the perfect solution for you. Each pergola is crafted in finely sources materials including natural western red cedar and the low-maintenance wood alternative AZEK. Available in a variety of styles priced kit pergolas can add unmeasurable value and interest to an outdoor space of any kind and last for years and years to come with little to no maintenance required. Contractors can offer them to their clients, buy them from Walpole and install them with ease.

Why a priced kit pergola from Walpole Outdoors?

 

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Completely Pre-Manufactured: No fabrication in the field is required. Components arrive pre-fabricated and factory finished. Structurally reinforced seamless beams are pre-drilled.

Easy To Install: Unskilled workers find it easy from start to finish. Assembly components include uncomplicated brackets and fasteners. These are powder-coated stainless steel. See how simple the installation will be. Call and we’ll send you the installation instructions.

More Size and Style Options: Freestanding or attached, from 10′ x 10′ to 14′ x 14′, with straight or arched tops, rounded or square columns. Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 24″ beyond the center of the columns. Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.

Versatile: Can be quickly erected anywhere – hardscaping (bluestone, pavers) or on a deck. All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.

Completely Factory Finished: Sherwin-Williams® VinylSafe paint with a 25-year warranty so you can get the perfect color to match your outdoor space.

Smart Delivery: Arrives in wrapped pallets with easy-to-follow detailed instructions for even a novice installer. Motorized or manual shade canopies optional.

 

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Elements Of Curb Appeal

We all have that home or business we drive by and silently envy. Whether its the building or the landscaping curb appeal makes a big impact on our unconscious judgment of homes and businesses.

Do you want to make your home one that people remember, are inspired by or just silently envy? Do you want to make passerby notice and remember your business before ever coming inside? Boosting curb appeal doesn’t have to be a huge expensive undertaking it just requires smart use of what your property already has going for it.

Create an Area of Interest

An arbor is a beautiful structure to add interest to any front ward.

An arbor is simple structure that can add interest to any front yard.

A surefire way to boost your homes’ appeal is by adding an external structure that will serve as a point of visual interest. A great example of this are homes that feature pergolas near the front of their yard or attached to the home. Pergolas are stately and never go unnoticed. A sleek white structure that extends or adds on to the home will draw interest and boost your home’s value.

If a pergola is too much of a change to your home’s structure consider a much simpler arbor. Arbors come in a variety of styles and can be customized fully insuring you have a structure as unique as your home. This structure adds a whimsical element to an entryway instantly pulling the space together.

Create a Memorable Entry

Even a tiny space can be transformed into a positive and memorable entryway.

Even a tiny space can be transformed into a positive and memorable entryway.

The entry to any building sets a tone – if patrons see old, un-maintained fencing or a creaky gate you are putting them in a negative headspace before their encounter with your business even begins. If overhauling the facade and landscaping is too pricy or unrealistic a good place to focus your attention (or begin a larger project) is the entrance.

Simple improvements like replacing old fencing and adding a new gate can go a long way. Smaller touches also don’t go unnoticed – think planters and window boxes with season flowers and a lantern on a sturdy lantern post lighting up the walkway. In conjunction with simple garden maintenance you can make any home or business look welcoming.

Larger structures like pergolas make great entryway additions as well and can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind impact.

Maintain Your Investment

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

A custom pergola installation makes a truly grand entrance.

You could spend thousands overhauling the exterior of your home or business but if you don’t maintain your new hardscape or landscaping it will go back to looking dull pretty quickly.

Luckily Walpole structures made with the state-of-the-art AZEK cellular vinyl material are virtually maintenance free! This material has the look and feel of real wood without the decay, splintering, chipping and weather related damage. AZEK structures are installed and will never need to be repainted or repaired (under normal conditions). The occasional cleaning will help with seasonal accumulation (pollen, leaves) but your structure will look the same as the day it was installed years later.

 

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