Corsica Bird Garden by Elho: A Flowery Birdhouse

Probably every garden owner who cares about his own green space loves to have lots of birds around his house. But sometimes it seems that the birds just don’t want to visit. Many people don’t know that you can arrange your garden so that birds feel invited.

One way would be to grow hedges where they find safe places to nest or berries for them to eat. But it is also very important to care for them throughout the year by providing them with bird seeds. The Dutch company elho developed a birdhouse combined with a plant container. The Corsica bird garden was developed together with bird specialists and gives small birds like house sparrows great titmouses and blue tits a spot where they can find shelter and food. At the same time you can use it to decorate your garden wall or patio with plants. The bird garden is double walled, ensures a good breeding climate and is easy to clean. Two colour combinations are available.

There are other clever ideas in elhos Corsica line: For example the Corsica vertical garden – a threefold flower pot that can be stacked on top of each other if you want more plants on less space. And the Corsica flower bridge is a innovative solution for decorating balcony railings and fences. It can be clipped onto the frameworks without an additional platform. The flower bridge pots come in several trendy colours which can be combined.

Further Information: elho.com

Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Pflix by Christian Heufelder

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.

Pflix

  • By: Christian Heufelder
  • Material: Wood
  • Size: 100 x 60 x 100
  • Website: www.pflix.de

Pflix is a modular and very flexible plant system that can be adapted to different kinds of areas such as balconies, terraces, roofs, yards, facades, etc.

The size and design of the planting vessels allows almost all conventional vegetable plants to grow, even miniature fruit trees.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at gardenunique.de/youngstars.

Outdoor Living: Homey Furniture for the Garden

The sun is shining, the bees are humming: This is the best time to go outside, relax, read or have a barbeque in the garden. People are spending more time outside of their houses and they want to use their garden as an extended living room. This means that furniture and accessories normally used in the house find their way into the outside. Couches, standard lamps and armchairs especially designed for the garden are the attractions of the coming seasons.  

The borders between in- and outdoors are vanishing bit by bit, you can tell that by looking at the furniture materials. “Covers for pillows and couches in the garden will have the same look and feel  as interior materials”, said Kathrin Münker from spoga+gafa regarding to the coming seasons. The Czech company Todus, for example, uses especially processed weatherproof leather for its chair “Aldeco”. In combination with stainless steel and UV-resistant textiles it results in comfortable seating furniture which can be left outside without worrying about the weather. The materials, colours and seating types can be personalized to match individual environments.

The Danish designers of Skagerak also use special materials for their seating furniture. The Virkelyst outdoors line combines teak with Barriere, a thick and resilient textile . The chair and the sofa come with soft, comfortable cushions that do not absorb moisture and do not develop unpleasant odours. This makes it possible to have a relaxing brunch or tea  on your own lawn.

Todus is exhibitor at spoga+gafa 2013 from September 8th to 10th.

Further Information: todus.cz and skagerak.dk

 

Strong Colours and Relaxed Swinging Fun – The Outdoor Trends for 2013/2014

The green oasis is no longer just a place of retreat for the older generation: Young adults between 18 and 25 want to spend more time in natural surroundings as well. According to a current survey by TNS International (carried out on behalf of the balcony glazing manufacturer Lumon), the balcony is a very important part of the apartment.

78 percent of the people surveyed have either a balcony or a terrace, nearly all of the remaining 22 percent would like to have one, and 32 percent of them use their outdoor space during the whole year. And of course the furnishings are a very important part of making your outside homely. At the spoga+gafa 2013 garden trade fair in Cologne over 2.000 exhibitors will show us the outdoor furniture trends for 2013 and 2014:

Colour Clash

Loud colours are in! In the coming garden season the manufacturers are presenting their furniture in all colours of the rainbow – in the strongest shades possible. Whether purple, green, blue or yellow, everything that pleases and spices up one’s own green oasis is allowed. And since combinations of these colours are currently in trend, the sofas, chairs and co. often come in lively striped designs.

Innovative Material with Indoor Haptics

The trend towards furnishing the terrace or balcony like a second living-room has been dominating the outdoor market for a few years. The spectrum of products includes weatherproof lamps, carpets and paintings, whereby the manufacturer’s attentions focus on the sofa, which offers just as much luxury and comfort as the indoor alternatives.

Cool Casual Swings

The more hectic everyday life is, the more the consumers crave coziness and recreation. This is why one’s own outdoor spot is becoming the ultimate relaxing zone. And where can you chill out best? That’s right: on a swing. The classic Hollywood swings and hammocks have always been extremely popular, but now there’s a range of new versions, which boast very stylish, luxurious designs.

De Luxe Barbecues

Thanks to outdoor kitchens the entire cooking process can meanwhile take place outdoors. Their installation is simple and they don’t take up much space. At the same time the kitchens, which usually consist of separate modules, offer attractive additional functions – allowing you to cool drinks or create a romantic campfire atmosphere on the terrace.

Nevertheless, those consumers, who prefer classic barbecues, aren’t going to be disappointed. Whether stylish or old school, gas or charcoal, portable or on wheels – there’s the right model for every BBQ fan together with plenty of attractive accessories.

Teak

In the course of the trend towards sustainability and vintage products, teak is returning to the scene.

In the coming season teak is being given a very modern interpretation, the design language offers exciting and extravagant looks. In order to underline this style the manufacturers often combine teak with stainless steel. The combination between the warm wood and the cool steel creates an attractive contrast, which lends an elegant ambiance to the garden or the balcony.

Garden Appliances

The trend towards robotic mowers and cordless tools in the lawn cutting and garden maintenance sector is ongoing.

That includes powerful, convenient and user-friendly appliances, which are important for the target group of the best agers: The manufacturers of gardening tools are also adapting more and more to meet the needs of these customers with the result that ergonomically shaped axes, spades and saws suited to the age of the target group are taking over the gardens.

The spoga+gafa 2013 will be open to trade visitors on September 8th and 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on September 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Further information: spogagafa.com and möbel kultur Outdoor

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.

Further information: romberg.de