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Your checklist for a great landscaped garden

landscaping checklist

Do you want to work on creating your dream garden? Then it is advisable to talk to a garden designer. But not without first making a checklist with the most important requirements for your new garden. For example, do you want a patio with an outdoor kitchen, a nice play area for your children, and so on.

Checklist garden design

Basis for your future garden

It all starts – as we wrote earlier – with a couple of personal questions. They may seem simple, but appearances are deceptive. Consider them carefully before you get started on your garden design.

  • What is the purpose of your garden? In other words, what do you mainly want to use the garden for?
  • What is your privacy requirement? Some people can only relax if they are completely shielded from the outside world and any prying eyes.
  • How much time will you devote to maintaining your new garden?
  • What garden style is perfectly suited to you and your family members?

Peripheral conditions

In addition, these peripheral conditions have an impact on what is possible in your garden design:

  • How is your garden oriented? A south facing garden offers totally different possibilities from a north facing garden.
  • How is your relationship with your neighbours? Are there agreements about garden fences, trees on the property borders, quiet moments…?
  • What is the shape of your terrain and is there a slope? That is important for things like drainage.
  • Are there special legal requirements or limitations (zoning, planting, gas pipes, …)?

landscaping checklist

Elements in the landscaping

Finally, you can focus on the landscaping itself. Of course, you do not have to incorporate every landscape element into your garden – that would soon be ‘too much’ – but certainly consider all the items on this checklist to achieve the best result:

  • Boundaries: hedges, walls, fences, climbing plants, reed mats, …
  • Barbecue or outdoor kitchen
  • Paving: patio and garden paths
  • Orchard with fruit trees
  • Flower borders
  • Compost heap and waste containers
  • Bicycle storage
  • Lawn
  • Art work
  • Herb garden, vegetable garden, conservatory, greenhouse, …
  • Pergola, shaded path, gazebo, …
  • Toys, swing, tree house, …
  • Patio cover
  • Garden house or storage shed
  • Garden furniture
  • Garden lighting
  • Vegetation: trees, shrubs, hedge plants, flowers, grasses, herbs, conifers, …
  • Pond, fountain, stream, …
  • Sandbox
  • Seating
  • Pool

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Your dream garden? Points to consider for landscaping and decoration

landscaping ideas for personal garden style

The grass is always greener on the other side, but when it comes to gardens, you should be drawn to your own patch of land. Therefore, landscaping this highly personal paradise on earth starts with reflection …

What do you expect from your garden?

No two people are identical. We grow up in different surroundings, have other preferences, carry out unique hobbies ... It will come as no surprise that our wishes when it comes to landscaping our garden also differ significantly. So, ask yourself, what you want to do with your garden:

  • Do you want to spend time in it often with friends and family? Or are you especially hoping to relax to your heart’s content in the sun?
  • Do you like a garden where you can efficiently grow the best herbs, vegetables and fruit? Or is a vegetable garden mainly the place for you – with your hands in the earth – to find peace?
  • Do you want to enjoy the perfect view in your back garden or are you not bothered if the (grand)children occasionally romp about in your flower bed?

There are gardens where, for the most part, you work, and gardens to enjoy, gardens for people and gardens for animals, gardens for perfectionists and gardens for the more nonchalant, gardens for flower lovers and gardens for footballers. Decide for yourself in which type of garden you want to spend time this coming summer.

landscaping ideas for personal garden style

From super-romantic to ultra-modern

The next dilemma is the style of your garden. Possible options are:

  • A romantic landscape garden with a sloping lawn
  • An English cottage garden with chestnut wood fencing
  • A French formal garden with trimmed boxwood hedge
  • A low-maintenance garden with nothing fancy
  • A sharp, modern garden for purists
  • A contemporary ecological garden full of beautiful flowers

Considering landscaping and design

Depending on your expectations and your chosen style, you must decide where to start when it comes to these garden elements:


Vegetable garden:

  • Big or small?
  • With or without greenhouse?
  • Close to the house or further away, secluded behind a hedge?

Garden paths:

  • Between which garden elements?
  • A permanent wood or stone path, or a simple narrow path mowed into the lawn?

Lawn and flower beds:

  • A low-maintenance lawn or a mix of various flower beds?
  • A lawn to play on, or a decorative lawn?

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10 zen tips to destress at home and in the garden

destress in the garden

Slowing down after a busy day is not always evident. Could you use some tips to destress? These zen tips will help you to relax, at home and in the garden.

Destress indoors

1. Have plants in the house, because greenery is a natural air purifier. Healthy indoor air contributes to your good health and state of mind.

2. Have you heard of the concept sleep hygiene? A good sleep hygiene means positively influencing your sleep beforehand, for example by not doing anything too intense before you go to sleep. Just as important is that you keep your smartphone, tablet and computer out of the bedroom, because they keep you awake longer and prevent the production of melatonin.

3. Allow yourself some ‘me time’ every day. Ignore all household chores for half an hour and curl up on the sofa, for example, with a cup of tea and a magazine.

4. What is the most stressful moment of the day? That is when, still half asleep, you cannot find your keys, precisely when you have to leave in a hurry. Make it easy for yourself and put important things in a designated place. That helps you start the day with one less ‘stress’.

5. Let us take a shot at an open goal: a healthy diet is your most important weapon against stress. Vegetables, pulses and whole grains keep you going all day. Coffee, sugars and alcohol unavoidably go hand in hand with energy peaks and valleys.

destress in the garden

Destress in your garden

6. Your garden is the ideal spot to forget your worries. Go outside, get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. By being aware of the subtle changes that the seasons bring, you are sometimes better able to put the daily worries in perspective.

7. There is nothing more relaxing than taking a nap in the shade in the summer. Curl up with some cushions under a tree or terrace cover for a delightful daydream.

8. Exercise in the open air. You do not necessarily need to go jogging in the park: swimming, yoga and even gardening will help you to destress.

9. Have a corner where you can gather your thoughts. Nothing is more idyllic than a charming swing under a tree in your garden, but feel free to make it totally your spot. The message is: personalize it.

10. Make your terrace a proper living space. By protecting your terrace from wind and rain, and decorating it nicely and practically, you create an extra space where you can get together with family and friends. You will soon notice: outdoor life does you good.

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Appealing and charming: the possibilities of RGB garden lighting

RGB garden lighting

Looking for attractive lighting for your garden room or terrace cover? Then you should certainly consider LED lighting. It is economical and can be seamlessly integrated in your terrace cover. And thanks to RGB technology you can change the colour at any time!

RGB garden lighting

RGB LED lighting is economical lighting for which you can set the colour yourself. The LED bulbs last longer than ordinary bulbs and use less electricity for the same amount of light. Ideal for outdoors, where lamps often burn for hours.

In the past, LED lighting was invariably cold light, but that is different now. For ‘ordinary’ LED lighting, you yourself choose the light colour or light temperature in the shop. If you want special colours, then of course you choose RGB LED lighting. With RGB lighting you decide what colour the lights light up. From cool blue to a warm, orange glow. Each colour creates its own atmosphere:

  • Purple stands for peace and mystery. Ideal for an evening of wellness in the garden.
  • Blue quickly makes you think of science fiction, but also creates a relaxing atmosphere. Make sure that the lighting is subtle, because otherwise it quickly becomes too cool.
  • Orange is the warmest hue of all, and the ideal colour to give cosy outdoor parties that something extra.
  • Red is a daring colour, but don’t let that stop you experimenting. After all, red is a warm hue that contrasts beautifully with the black of night. Like blue, red is a great colour for receptions in the garden.

Renson terrace covers with integrated lighting

In the Renson terrace covers Camargue and Algarve you can integrate ambient lighting in different places. That’s handy, because under your terrace cover or pergola you certainly need a source of light, and thanks to the wireless integration you do not even notice it during the day. And in the evenings, you can enjoy the atmosphere and cosiness to the full on the terrace. Stylish!

In the Camargue RGB ambient lighting can be integrated in the columns. For both the Camargue and the Algarve, downwards and/or upwards RGB lighting can be placed on the inside of the duct. If you like white light, then you can install pure white or warm white LED lighting in the louvres.

Beneficial assets!

  • No need for extra light fixtures.
  • No visible cables.
  • Handy control with the remote or an app on your smartphone.
  • Dimmable lighting.
  • Economical thanks to the LED technology.


Also put RGB LED strips along your garden fencing and you turn your garden into a harmonious whole.

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Garden trends: the focus is on outdoor living in comfort

garden trends outdoor living

Of course your garden must look beautiful, but in 2017 the garden trends go much further than just aesthetic considerations. One trend in garden design is crystal clear to all trend watchers: comfort, health and sustainability take precedence at all times. What does that mean exactly? Read about it here.

Design gardens in 2017

We previously talked about the garden trends in modern gardens and remarked that nowadays design gardens need three features:

  • The plants must be organic. They are playful, natural, airy. Forget about straight hedges in geometric patterns: design gardens in 2017 have mainly round shapes.
  • Warm, natural materials make your modern garden a cosy place to relax.
  • Differences in height – however small – create a striking play on shadows and ensure a visual separation between the different zones.

Design gardens 2017


Garden trends for game birds

2017 brings trends that get back to the core of the issue. After all, what is a garden? Is it not above all a place for uninterrupted pleasure? Romping in the grass with the children, gardening with a dash of natural music on the background, or making the most of the last of the evening sun with a smoothie in the hand: that is the purpose of your garden!

And that is what we have picked up from the garden trends of 2017. The garden as a leisure paradise for children and adults. Imagine, for example, alternative lawns with wild grasses and moss, where you can freely frolic. Or a petanque area for you and your guests, and an original sandbox for the little ones.

Visually, this trend translates into eclectic gardens. Old and new stand shamelessly – proudly even! - next to each other. Robust climbing trees parade harmoniously next to delicate flower beds. As long as it is fun.

(Source: Royal Botania)

Design gardens 2017

Comfort, health and sustainability

The ideal garden looks well-cared for but also a little wild. It requires little maintenance, but is not sterile. It is especially healthy and natural, full of native plants and animal-friendly corners. That way we make the garden a delightful place to spend time again. All for yourself, or to share with friends and family.

Are weather conditions temporarily less favourable? On a rainy summer day or during other seasons, you can still enjoy outdoor life. For example, a terrace cover is an elegant solution to do more for less. Close the roof and the sliding panels, and voila, your terrace is an extra living space. ‘A room with a view’, let’s say!

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Cosy and comfy: 3 garden seating ideas you just have to try

perfect garden seating area

Have you ever visited with friends, having a chat in their living room or lounge, only to notice how everything in the room just ‘works’? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but somehow all items in the room are perfectly in sync with each other, creating a space that exudes comfort and cosiness. Do you find yourself wishing you had a garden seating area just like that? Then you’re in for a treat! Here you’ll find all the garden seating ideas you need to create the perfect spot for lounging and relaxing outdoors.

Garden seating ideas: the basics

Whether you’re planning on installing your garden furniture on the patio or right under a majestic tree in the back of the garden, the perfect garden seating area abides by three basic principles.

Rule #1: let it bask in the sun – but give the shade a chance

You get the most out of a garden seating area by installing it in a sunny place. Ideally, the area is oriented to the southeast or southwest. A southeast facing patio basks in the sun from morning until late afternoon, while a southwestern seating area captures the sunlight from the afternoon until late evening.

Evidently, not everyone is fond of a sunny terrace every hour of the day. Make sure your garden seating area is flexible enough so that your guests always have a choice between sunbathing and relaxing in the shade. Don’t know where to start? A parasol or a louvered canopy is all you need!

the best garden seating ideas

Rule #2: add a touch of Zen

Whether you’re curled up with a book or having friends over for drinks, you’ll enjoy your garden seating area the most if it gives you a feeling of privacy. Installing the garden furniture in a corner is the easiest way to achieve this. Arranging the seats close to the house, against a wall or garden fence, or under a pergola shields you from the wind, creates a warm atmosphere and even adds to your peace of mind.

the best garden seating ideas

(Source: Royal Botania)

Rule #3: harmony is key

Finally, make sure all elements of your seating area – from the garden furniture to the accessories – match each other to a T. Start by asking yourself:

  • ‘What style is my home’s facade?’
  • ‘Does my garden have a modern look and feel, or is it rather romantic?’
  • And, above all: ‘What is my personal style?’

Next, simply pick your canopy, garden chairs, cushions, decorations, flower pots, … accordingly, and you’re all done!

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Chillax! How to decorate a winter terrace that wows

winter terrace inspiration

In winter, we tend to spend most of our days indoors. Still, despite the cold, the occasional breath of fresh air – even in the middle of winter – can work wonders for your health as well as your mood, especially if you’re the lucky owner of a cosy winter terrace.

Fun tips to decorate your winter terrace

Patios are the place to be during summer, but they do require some tender loving care to remain just as inviting when winter comes around. A few fail-proof tips to cosy up your winter terrace in a heartbeat:

Lanterns: from the rustic to the exotic

Lanterns are an asset to any type of terrace. Depending on their style, lanterns create a perfect backdrop for country-style garden parties, mystic oriental-inspired gardens, … Whatever your style, make sure that the light bulbs (or candles) emit a warm, cosy glow.

Don’t care much for lanterns? Then perhaps LED lighting is more your cup of tea. LED strips, for instance, subtly immerse your terrace in a classy atmosphere. And they’re particularly energy-efficient to boot.

Winter terrace

Winter plants make your terrace come to life

No patio is complete without plants. Ornamental grasses, small shrubs and hardy potted plants such as succulents make for an inviting terrace even during winter, as do miniature conifers.

And why not add a splash of colour while you’re at it? These winter-flowering bulbs thrive in pots:

  • Hellebore: white or pinkish flowers
  • Winter heath: bright fuchsia, purple pink or white flowers
  • Cyclamen: white or purple flowers


Your terrace, your style

One last tip: dress your terrace to impress! Christmas decorations during the festive season are self-evident, but don’t hesitate to add a few minimalist accessories to give your terrace a modern look and feel on regular days.

The basics for a wonderful winter terrace

There are plenty of fun ways to decorate your patio, but keep in mind that nothing beats a comfortable seating area. A canopy or patio cover helps keep your outdoor furniture clean and dry, and your guests warm and cosy. Blankets – and perhaps even a fire pit – work wonders, but don’t forget to look into integrated lighting and heating as well.

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New Year’s reception in your garden: entertain your guests in style

Hosting a New Year’s reception is no mean feat. To make sure your guests have the time of their lives, you need a lot of planning and organising skills. And that’s not all, because you obviously don’t want to throw a party that’s merely average. Our tip for 2017? A New Year’s reception in your garden!

Getting ready

A good beginning is half the battle. Here’s how to prepare for a proper Christmas party or New Year’s reception in your own garden:


  • Clean your patio and make sure the floor is completely dry, so your guests don’t go slipping and sliding.
  • Rent stylish patio heaters so everyone stays nice and warm.
  • Rent reception tables with fancy covers to take your outdoor New Year’s reception to the next level.

New Years in your own garden


New Year’s reception in the garden

How do you go about organising a New Year’s reception in your garden? What do you offer your guests? And how do you make sure the day or evening becomes truly unforgettable? A few tips!


  • Serve hot appetizers instead of cold ones. Do you want your appetizers to stand out? Finish them on the barbecue!
  • No winter garden party is complete without hot drinks. There are plenty of non-alcoholic options: soup, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, … Need an extra something to cheer you up? Then mulled wine is the way to go.
  • Are your guests shivering in their seats? Then it’s time to distribute blankets! Fleece blankets are not only warm, but also super cosy.
  • Your garden may be pretty during the day, but it’s at its best in the evening, when it gets dark and your beautiful Christmas lighting comes to life. Or how about some scented tea lights or – why not? – glow-in-the-dark bracelets for your guests?
  • Don’t forget about the music! Get in the mood with U2’s ‘New Year’s Day’ or Death Cab for Cutie’s ‘The New Year’, or go for dance-themed songs to get your guests shaking and grooving.


Tips for the perfect New Year’s reception

Two more tips to make absolutely sure your New Year’s reception stands out:

  • Your invitation should specify that it’s an outdoor event. How’s “a heart-warming garden reception” for a title? “All you have to do is dress warmly; we’ll take care of your inner self (read: yummy hot drinks and bites)” will definitely get the message across!
  • Consider a plan B. Keep in mind that you’re always at the mercy of the weather gods and you can never now if they’re in a good mood or not… When it’s wet, cold or windy, you can move your New Year’s reception to a cosy indoor space or a garden room that you can close off. The Renson Camargue louvered roof is very easy to heat, making it your perfect companion for an unforgettable outdoor reception.

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Celebrating Christmas in your garden? Ho, ho, ho, why not!

Celebrating christmas in your garden? Ho, ho, ho, why not!

From decorating the tree to roasting the turkey, Christmas is a time for traditions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Christmas a little differently this year… Why not take the party outside, and host it in the garden for a change? Read on to find out how you can turn your garden into a magical winter palace in no time!

3 unique outdoor moments: celebrate Christmas in your garden

  • 1. Christmas is usually celebrated indoors, with friends and family sitting around the fireplace or in a beautifully decorated dining room where red, green and gold reign supreme. But why not take a different approach? How about a winter reception on the patio or underneath a louvered canopy instead? Keep the pastry bites and mulled wine coming, and you’re in for an entertaining and heartwarming evening!
  • 2. Are you crazy about snowy scenes and winter landscapes, but not about the bone-chilling temperatures that typically go with them? With a garden room – which you can easily close off and pimp with heating elements – you can have your cake and eat it too. You needn’t worry too much about the comfort of your guests either: they will be thrilled to attend a one-of-a-kind Christmas party.
  • 3. Let it snow, let it snow… As soon as the first flakes come fluttering down, put on your warmest clothes and build a snowman together with your guests! Are they the competitive type? Build snowmen in two teams. But don’t forget to enjoy that feeling of fresh, crispy snow underneath your moonboots!

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3 original tips to take your Christmas decorations to the next level

  • 1. Christmas decorations come in all shapes and sizes. Forget the holly and the ivy: go for Christmas decorations that invite your guests to explore the garden, such as Christmas lights lining the garden paths or adding a little sparkle to the trees in your backyard.
  • 2. No Christmas is complete without a Christmas tree! Put one in your front yard to wow your neighbors and to make coming home after work all the more fun. A statement piece like that is bound to take your garden to the next level!
  • 3. No matter what you plan on doing during the holidays, your guests should be warm at all times. Installing a fire basket or buying a patio heater is a great idea. And if it really gets too cold, you can always enjoy the winter landscape from the comfort of your garden room.

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The secret to a successful winter barbecue


Are you one of those people who just can’t wait till the first barbecue of the summer? Enjoying a spicy sausage, a nice piece of fish, a fresh salad and a tasty mocktail while the children are having the time of their lives in the backyard … Now there’s a recipe for an unforgettable afternoon or evening.

But did you know that there’s absolutely no need to miss out on barbecue fun during the winter months? Check our tips for hosting a successful winter barbecue!

A winter barbecue? Uh, come again?

It may sound a little strange, but a winter barbecue is not that farfetched an idea. It may be chilly outside, but when you’re all bundled up and dry under a canopy, the cold is actually quite pleasant – especially if you can relax near the warm glow of a barbecue or fire basket. The combination of warm, grilled food and the cold, fresh air makes you feel as if you’re at a cosy Christmas market – mulled wine, anyone? – or as if you’re just taken off your ski goggles and are heading back to the lodge for some hot chocolate: it doesn’t get much better than that.

Grilling in winter: a few must-try recipes

A winter barbecue is not just a barbecue you host during winter months; it’s a culinary highlight of the winter season. These recipes will make your mouth water …


  • Winter soup makes a comforting starter: think pea soup with smoked sausage, onion soup or purslane soup.
  • A lot of backyard barbecue favorites go down well in summer and winter: steak, chicken satay, barbecue ribs, veggie balls, …
  • However, certain meats really have that winter vibe, which makes them likely candidates for some wintertime grilling. Game, grilled meat or duck breasts all fit the bill.
  • The summer season asks for fresh salads, but a winter barbecue is not complete without some hot veggies on the side. You can cook, steam or grill them: delicious and healthy!
  • No barbecue is complete without tasty drinks. Our suggestions: homemade mulled wine, hot chocolate with marshmallows or warm milk with a dash of cinnamon.


Tips for staying warm

When your guests’ lips are turning blue and their noses are Rudolph red, your winter barbecue probably isn’t quite the success you were hoping for. Make sure your friends and family are all snug and warm. Everything starts with telling your guests to dress warm and providing blankets for extra coziness. But to really get the comfort level up, you might want to create a sheltered corner in the garden or on your patio. A patio cover and wind-tight screens will keep everyone dry and warm. In addition, a fire basket or heating elements will surely make the temperature rise as well. Throw in some winter decorations and mood lighting, and you’re ready for tons of winter grilling fun!

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