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From today (1 June 2020), the UK government is relaxing the COVID-19 lockdown rules and allowing people in England to meet outdoors in groups of 6 or less.

It doesn't matter where you and your friends meet as long as it's outdoors, so if you don't want to go to the park, you may invite people to gather in your back garden.

IMPORTANT: When spending time with people from other households, be sure to follow social distancing guidelines and stay at least 2 metres from anyone you don't live with.

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Seeing as this blog resides on a porcelain tile website, you may be able to guess where we’re going with this…and you are probably right.

There’s no avoiding it, grass requires a lot of TLC to keep it looking green, healthy and attractive – ask any gardener, lawn expert or groundsman for proof of just that.

From mowing, watering and weed control to aerating, scarifying and fertilising, maintaining your garden is endless job with no salary in sight.

Presumably, if your reading a blog about low-maintenance gardens, that probably doesn’t sound like your cup of tea.

Why make yourself a slave to the ground? Kick grass to the curb and replace it with a low-maintenance garden paver that packs a porcelain punch!

 

low maintenance garden

 

Low-Maintenance Garden Ideas

As mentioned earlier, grass is a labour-intensive feature that, unsurprisingly, features intensely laborious grass. As such, the first rule of Maintenance Avoidance Club (besides “don’t talk about Maintenance Avoidance Club”) is to avoid grass at all costs, so don’t be afraid to tear up the turf in favour of a man-made replacement.

That being said, there’s more than one way to pave goodbye to your garden grass. Here’s a few ways you can remove the year-round yard work and hard work and replace it with summertime chilling and grilling.

 

House Tile Takeover

The larger the paved area, the less grass, plants and vegetation you will need to trim, maintain and man-handle. If you really want a low-maintenance garden, it makes sense to tile as large an area as possible.

However, that doesn’t mean you need to accept fate that your garden has to look like a 1950s schoolyard. PrimaPorcelain has one of the widest selections of tiles in the UK, allowing you to create beautifully bewitching designs that mesmerise and wow in equal measure.

 

Natural Selection

If you’re not quite ready to let go of the greenery entirely, there are ways around that too. Why not draft in some potted plants, garden beds or window boxes?

These can inject a bit of garden green and natural colour into your outdoor space without necessitating the laborious nature of maintaining a whole plot.

Best of all, they also require minimal upkeep and can be easily modified, moved or removed if you ever feel like switching up your outdoor style.

 

Border Patrol

If tiling over your entire garden area seems a little excessive, you can always leave a border around the edge of your outdoor property. This provides a patch of perimeter for you to indulge in any green garden goodness without having to worry about covering metre after metre of square floor space.

Whether you want to surround your paved space with bushy hedges, flourishing plants or colourful flowers, the border option is a nice touch that can make the transition a little less wholesale and stop your garden from becoming void of nature. Meanwhile, the addition of a border also allows you to play around even further with your paving design.

 

Meet You Halfway

Similarly, another way to get the best of both worlds and effectively cut your ground maintenance in half is to simply pave over half of your garden with a partial patio area covering.

This really is the perfect solution for those on the fence and torn between a garden and a patio, while it does still dramatically reduce the amount of garden maintenance you have to sign up for.

 

Path to Greatness

Another great way to avoid further groundwork without turning your garden into a complete concrete jungle is to add a paved pathway.

In addition to breaking up your garden design, this can also be a great way to link different sections of your garden and create a natural flow to your outdoor space.

Meanwhile, a paving path can also be used in conjunction with other non-grass options – such as chippings, gravel, pebbles, etc – to complement your garden design and break up areas of solid tiling.

 

low maintenance garden

 

Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden

We understand that, when creating a low-maintenance garden, it can be difficult to know where to start and envisioning a new landscape in place of your existing one can be hard to imagine. That’s why we offer a FREE 3D design lab service to help bring your vision to life before it becomes a reality.

Chop and change between tile design, paving placement and overall colour scheme at the click of a button. Best of all, to really give you a feel for what’s to come, you can even request up to 3 FREE tile samples to get to grips with your paver of choice.

 

Why choose porcelain paving tiles?

Our porcelain paving tiles are hard-wearing, durable and built to last. Stain, scratch and fade resistant, they maintain their original aesthetic long after they are laid and can look great year after year with little to no upkeep nurturing along the way.

If you want a garden space that looks fantastic without requiring arduous upkeep, our selection of porcelain paving tiles is the route to go down. Available in a huge variety of designs, sizes and colours, the options are limited only to your imagination, so dream big with PrimaPorcelain!

 

For more information about our wide range of paving options and the variety of garden designs available, call today on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online using the button below.

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The definition of a “small garden” can vary wildly depending on your individual outlook, ranging from a plot 50 feet long to a patch of grass the size of a parking space.

Regardless of your interpretation, if you view your own garden as “small”, chances are you would welcome a few tips to make it look a little bigger.

Luckily, we’ve can do just that with this handy guide on how to make a small garden look bigger.

how to make a small garden look bigger

 

Easily Make Your Garden Look Bigger

One of the coolest things about maximising space in your garden is that you don’t have to overstretch your boundaries in any way to do so.

So, before you begin tearing down your fence and declaring next door’s patio as your own, pump the brakes and listen up.

From optical illusions and visual trickery to strategic plant placement and clever furnishing, making the most of the space you have can be surprisingly easy. Something as simple as foldable furniture can be an instant space saver when not in use!

Here’s a few of the most effective ways to save space in your garden and make your garden look bigger as a result.

 

Level Up

Altering your outdoor space to include levels can transform your space completely. Not only will it provide a visually appealing alternative to a traditional flat garden, it also raises up your garden making it look more spacious as a result.

Incorporating varying levels into your garden design can provide a more dynamic appeal to your outdoor space, giving the illusion of additional space. This is particularly notable when each raised area comprises of a different type of surface material.

For example, if your garden begins with a patio, you could have steps leading up to grassy lawn area, followed by further steps leading to decking at the end. This essentially creates three different gardens in one, while also providing a visually impressive incremental effect.

 

Zone Out

Another great way to instantly make your garden seem more spacious is to divide your plot into specified areas or zones.

For example, if you were to divide your garden into three definitive sections, a patio area immediately outside your house could be used for dining and sitting, followed by a lawn which can lead to a feature at the end of your garden.

The far end of the garden can be used for anything from a lounge area or fire pit to a shed or Wendy House. Meanwhile, a path running down the garden can help split up the space even further, while also providing a logical journey through your outdoor space.

 

Reflection

While they are a staple of the home, mirrors are criminally underutilised outdoors. A spectacularly easy – and somewhat cheeky – shortcut to spaciousness, adding mirrors in strategic areas of your garden can create the impression that your outdoor space is far bigger than it actually is.

If you have a particularly cosy garden with very little wiggle-room, this shameless shortcut can be a great way to enhance any existing plants or flowers in your garden, creating the illusion that your flower bed spreads even further than it does.

This technique can add another dimension to your garden, while it can also brighten up your space by reflecting light into darker areas, particularly if the mirrors are angled just right.

 

High Standards

With so much emphasis on the groundwork, it’s easy to overlook the high walls that surround your garden. Whether they’re brick or fence, the perimeter enclosing your outdoor space can act as a blank canvas for you to create upon.

From wall-mounted plant pots to artsy wall displays, this often-neglected space is ideal for accessorising and decorating. Meanwhile, wall-mounted displays save floor space, allowing you to utilise your ground surface for other things.

Similarly, tall reaching plants and foliage can add an alluring touch of green to your garden without spreading out across your space. However, it’s important not to go overboard on either: a busy garden with too much going on can quickly become cluttered.

 

Trees a Crowd

While trees can be a visually impressive feature in any garden, with many benefits to both man and beast, they also take up a lot of space. What’s more, they can also block out a lot of natural light, particularly when the leaves are in full summer bloom.

Big trees in particular can reach out far over your garden in terms of both width and length, making your garden feel crowded and cramped. If you do want to have a tree in your garden, consider planting a smaller tree that won’t encroach too much on your space.

Meanwhile, if you already have a large tree in your garden and are considering removal, be sure to check you are legally allowed to do so. Some trees are protected under the Tree Preservation Order, so it’s worth a reaching out to your local council before you reach for an axe.

 

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Patios and Pathways

One of the most effective ways to create additional space in your garden is the inclusion of a patio area. If you don’t already have one, this can be the ultimate upgrade, opening the door to many of the aforementioned tips in the section above.

Larger tiles tend to provide a better illusion of space than small pavers, so be sure to go big with your tile choice. Meanwhile, a sensible colour can also open up your garden, creating a sense of openness and width. Bright colours – like limestone and sandstone – can light up an area and instantly make it feel less claustrophobic.

Similarly, a garden path, particularly one that weaves and winds through your garden from feature to feature, can create an additional sense of space, without necessitating too many wholesale changes or upfront costs.

Finally, don’t be afraid to invest in your tiles if you do plump for a patio or pathway. Porcelain pavers may be a little more expensive, but the durability and low-maintenance properties of these tough tiles can be enduringly worth it.

 

For more information on outdoor tiles and porcelain pavers for your garden, give us a call today on 029 2080 3756. Alternatively, drop us a line using the button below for further information.

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It’s no secret that the summer months are the best time to make the most of your garden! The unpredictable British weather means we have to take what we can get in terms of sunshine, but it also means that you need garden flooring which can withstand a variety of weather conditions (namely, rain). Laying slate garden tiles from PrimaPorcelain will turn any garden into a beautiful, modern space while also packing in the durability needed to last throughout the seasons. 

(Slate Ivory Tiles)

These beautiful slate ivory tiles will make any outdoor living space look spacious, fresh and bright. With a medium price rating, these slate garden tiles are excellent quality and look incredibly luxurious and expensive –  despite being very reasonably priced. Laying these ivory slate garden tiles will make you want to spend a lot more time in the garden!

(Slate Silver Tiles)

Our outdoor slate garden tiles in silver offer an authentic stone look which also accommodates a high-grip rating, making them ideal for your garden or outdoor space. We just love this silver slate look, it’s sure to transform your garden – these slate garden tiles truly exude style. Plus, their durability means you can appreciate your beautiful garden flooring all year round.

(Slate Grey Tiles)

These gorgeous slate grey garden tiles are the perfect choice for creating an appealing outdoor living space. Offered in a 2cm thickness, these garden slabs can be dry-installed outside without any need for adhesive. What’s not to like?

(Slate Black Tiles)

Rediscover your love for the garden with these lovely black slate garden tiles! Installing this garden slate paving will make for a trendy outdoor space. The shade variation for this product is V3 – meaning the slight shade difference from tile-to-tile will give a beautiful, organic look.

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If you’re finding it hard to decide between our range of beautiful slate garden tiles, order some of our FREE samples to see for yourself the incredible quality of the outdoor slate tiles offered by PrimaProcelain! You really can’t beat PrimaPorcelain on quality when it comes to slate garden tiles, for more information on PrimaPorcelain products give us a call on 029 2080 3756.   

 

Once you've chosen the perfect tiles for your new garden design, the next step is picking out furniture items to compliment your new patio area. To help you make your choice, we've selected a variety of tiles from our extensive range, and matched them with some beautiful garden furniture pieces from suppliers we love:

Milan Grey - Breeze Lounge Chairs From The Worm That Turned

Our Milan Grey tiles strike the balance between modern and traditional outdoor flooring, thanks to the combination of their muted grey colour and stone-like texture. For the same reason, these unusual chairs from The Worm That Turned fit the tiles beautifully, combining traditional weave textures with modern design elements.
 
Milan Grey

Modena Platinum - Clermont Lounge Set From Daro 

The stunning, sliver hue of these tiles makes them ideal for use with both white and grey furniture, but they look particularly striking when combined with the best of both. Combining distressed, vintage vibes with modern shapes, this set is perfect for achieving a classic patio lounge area with an unusual twist.
 
Modena Set

Quartz Sunrise - 19th Century Bistro Table From Lorfords

These Quartz tiles have a warm, speckled finish that looks incredible in traditional, Parisian style garden designs. If you're looking to make the most of that European-chic, outdoor dining experience, why not add an antique table or bench to add to the authenticity of your design?  
Quartz Sunrise

 Stoneware Slate - Element Coffee Table From CB2 

While our Slate tiles could still look incredible when paired with a multitude of styles, it would be a bold and captivating move to play up their industrial look even more. This could be achieved by combining the tiles with some stunning concrete effect furniture items, such as this modern and minimalist table from CB2. 
 
Stoneware Slate

Tirolo Cream - Teak Sun Lounger From Maisons du Monde 

These cream tiles have a stunning multi-tonal effect, which is evocative of Mediterranean towns and sandy beaches. To achieve that sought-after sleek look of an impressive hotel in your own garden, why not pair these tiles with a stylish lounger or two? These teak ones are a particularly perfect match, due to the fact that they compliment both the brightness and warmth of the tiles.
 

Tirolo Cream

 
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