Dec­o­rat­ing your gar­den

Say ‘I do’ to these bloom­ing beau­ti­ful ideas for a flo­ral ex­trav­a­ganza in your own back­yard.

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Get­ting mar­ried out­doors prac­ti­cally guar­an­tees a won­der­fully fresh and fra­grant back­drop, but to zhush things up, add pock­ets of flow­ers in pots, bas­kets or urns. Use them on the day to fill in any gaps, and move them into any spot that lacks colour.


You can find a pansy to fit vir­tu­ally any colour scheme you de­sire, but if they are not in sea­son, choose any pro­lific flow­er­ing an­nual avail­able from the pot­ted colour sec­tion at a gar­den cen­tre. Mix with low-grow­ing alyssum, which has a de­li­ciously sweet fra­grance.


For an el­e­gant dec­o­ra­tion, fill an urn with fresh flow­ers and dis­play it on top of a plinth. Insert moist flo­ral foam into the urn, pack­ing it in so that it doesn't move about. Insert flower and fo­liage stems into the foam, al­low­ing some of the fo­liage to drape over the sides.


Char­ity shops sell bas­kets for next to noth­ing. Insert a plas­tic bowl into the bas­ket then pack in wet flo­ral foam. Use flo­ral tape to se­cure it in place – tap­ing over the top of the foam from each side of the bas­ket (if you don't do this, the bowl will slide around). Then add flow­ers.


Dec­o­rate a wooden per­gola or arch with floaty fab­rics and fab­u­lous flo­rals. Choose sheer fab­rics that com­ple­ment your colour scheme and drape over your per­gola. Next, cre­ate flower dec­o­ra­tions for each cor­ner us­ing flo­ral foam cages (such as Oa­sis Deko­rette Bricks) or net­ted flo­ral foam gar­lands, de­pend­ing on the size of your ar­range­ment. At­tach wire or ca­ble ties to the sides of the foam cages first. Insert fo­liage into the wet foam, then fill in the gaps with flow­ers. Start with your largest flow­ers then add in the smaller ones. It helps to work on a lazy Su­san so that you can turn your de­sign as you go, en­sur­ing there are no gaps in the ar­range­ment. Se­cure the ar­range­ment to the per­gola with wire or ca­ble ties.

Em­bel­lish a gar­den per­gola with fresh flow­ers, hang­ing crys­tals and shim­mer­ing beads or lights.

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