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Romberg: protects plants in severe winter

Some plants which in summer transform garden or balcony into a green paradise require a special winter protection to survive outside.

Azalea, Camellia, some grasses but also some “hardy” ornamental plants can suffer from frost and severe winds and especially from heavy changes of temperatures. In particular, plants in pots and tubs are exposed to frost and should be protected in time with membranes, hoods or special mats to prevent them from freezing. Romberg offers various systems for the protection of plants in the winter.

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Stylish water butts

Gardens like nothing more than rainwater. This natural resource is for free and contains no limescale, which makes it particularly good for plants. Uncovered water butts are becoming less and less common and with good reason.

Light encourages algae growth and annoying insects like to use open containers to raise their young. Today there are many ways of storing rainwater which are both technically and visually superior to the dull water butt. Modern gardeners can use them for watering on the one hand but also for a style statement on the other.

The company Otto Graf GmbH with their brand Garantia offers rainwater butts in 50 shapes, colours and sizes. All reasonably experienced DIY enthusiasts can install and connect a rainwater storage tank with basic tools. A downpipe from the roof is used to connect to the tank. A downpipe filter removes coarse pieces of dirt and automatically prevents the tank from overflowing when full. In wintertime the inlet of the tank is easy to be shut. The tank requires minimum care and maintenance.

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Outdoor living: Decoration trends 2013

Exotic plants, indirect lighting and romantic accessories – these may sound like design ideas for a nice living room, but they are in fact the latest outdoor living trends.

The dreary balcony can be transformed into a cosy living area with the new trend colours white, brown and blue. Or if your customers are fans of bright and powerful colours they can choose from a big range of new products.