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Centres of attention lead to paradise found; Sally Jones plants the seeds of inspiration for a Garden of Eden.

Byline: Sally Jones

O YOU look out on your garden with despair?Fear not,garden centres are sprouting up across North Wales with each one a haven for the horticulturally challenged.

If your green fingers are itching to get started on a horticultural masterpiece then Easter provides the ideal opportunity to throw open the patio doors and clear away the dead plants and leaves left by winter's icy grip.

First formulate a plan of attack. Begin with your lawn. Check for stones or other winter debris before you start mowing and make sure there is more grass than moss/weeds in your lawn area. If weeds and moss present a problem there are many lawn specialists to help you create a lawn to be proud of. Treatments vary depending on your particular problem but a decent moss killer should do the trick initially. Gently rake out dead moss and seed over the areas which are devoid of grass. It you do decide to ask the professionals be aware that it won't be an overnight quick fix, you will need patience but the end product will be well worth the wait.

Gardens today are much more cosmopolitan. Specimen plants including topiary,bay trees, Australian tree ferns and unusual vegetation from across the globe ensure you have the option to create a garden with a truly inspirational theme.

Whilst the British plants are always popular,most nurseries offer an eclectic mix to give even the BBC's landscape gardener Diarmuid Gavin a run for his money.

When it comes to accessories, the beauty of wood has for generations provided gardeners with a backdrop to set plants, trees and flowers off to a tee. Most garden centres are now branching out into wood products including fencing, summerhouses,arches,planters, decking and pergolas.

For those who enjoy a splash of colour on their patio why not invest in stylish pots or contemporary metal planters? According to Alan Titchmarsh pots are like a room, you can change them with the seasons. Nurseries offer a wide range of container pots and barrels in all shapes, colours and sizes. In addition, you can purchase statues,garden ornaments or water features.

Once your garden is looking like a page from a glossy magazine, you'll need to buy the furniture to match. The variety on offer is amazing and the styles,colours and fabrics available ensure you'll find the perfect piece in which to lounge this summer - allowing you to admire your handy- work and wallow in your garden paradise.


Garden centres are perfect in providing plenty of ideas on turning your garden into a horticultural showpiece
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2003
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