Transitioning To Fall

Believe it or not the seasons will soon be changing! But before the leaves begin to fall you can start taking steps to transition your outdoor spaces and gardens so they are ready for everybody’s favorite season.

Container Gardens

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Nothing gets us in the autumn spirit like some classic fall decor. While your summer blooms start to wither away get started on your fall container gardens. What makes a good fall container garden? It’s all about rich, deep colors and lush greens. Fall container gardens are a lot less about colorful flowers and more about hearty plants that can sustain a good cold spell. But if you want some blooms try pansies! Surprisingly the delicate flowers are very good at tolerating colder weather as long as they are planted while there is still some warmth in the soil.

Other ways to transition your container garden include using ornamental grass to get that rustic look, as well as dark foliage plants and added touches like pumpkins or gourds.

 

Outdoor Lighting

As the autumn creeps in the daylight will soon become sparse. What better time to add a new lantern or lantern post to your home to light up your walk or entry? Not only will this addition make walking safer in the evening but it provides you yet another opportunity for autumn decorating. We offer lanterns and outdoor lighting in styles from classic to contemporary in both side-mount and freestanding.

 

Making Spaces Cozy

Beautiful pergola room with comfortable furniture.

Beautiful pergola room with comfortable furniture.

Your favorite outdoor spaces don’t need to be abandoned once the temperature dips below 70 degrees. All you need to do is add a few new cozy touches to enjoy until the first snow.

Pergolas are great spaces to use well into fall. Switch out summery patio furniture for couches or plush cushions and load up on pillows. Grab some string lights and run them around the pillars and through the top beams to add some soft light for nighttime enjoyment. Add a throw rug and place a few strategic mums and pumpkins and voila – instant fall sanctuary. Just be sure to keep an eye on the weather so you don’t have to deal with soggy pillows!

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5 Amazing Autumn Flowers

Though not calendar official just yet with the aroma of pumpkin spice in the air it’s fair to say that fall is here. Fall is everyone’s favorite season of change – turning of the leaves, crisping of the air and ripening of the apples. One way to celebrate the transition is to replace your vibrant and delicate summer blooms with heartier stock in deeper colors. There are dozens of amazing flowers that thrive in autumn with a few standouts impossible not to love.

Black-Eyed Susans

Beautiful Black-Eyed Susans

Beautiful Black-Eyed Susans

One of the oddest names in nature the black-eyed susan is a classic fall flower with it’s bright marigold petals and black center – kind of like tiny sunflowers. Black-eyed Susans begin blooming in the summer but continue to thrive well into fall and can handle a little chill in the air just fine. These blooms grow best when planted in the springtime but adding a few just before fall will still yield you some enviable color. Be sure to plant them close together so they have support as they grow tall.

Goldenrod

If you aren’t the greatest gardener you are going to need a few pants that are difficult to mess up. One of these varieties is the bright goldenrod. This plant grows bright and vibrant in poor soil and containers alike. Goldenrod do best when planted earlier since they begin to bloom in the summer but regardless of when you make the addition to your garden they will give you full color through much of fall.

Coneflower

The classic Coneflower.

The classic Coneflower.

Sometimes you just need a pop of purple, even in an autumn garden. A fall favorite, the coneflower, gives you that much needed dose of color while also providing sustenance for bees and butterflies.

Coneflowers have a unique cone-like shape that is hard to miss and comes in it’s famous purple as well as a slew of other shades thanks to overachieving gardeners. This flower may look delicate but it is known to be quite hardy even in the chilly weather.

Chrysanthemum

One of the most popular of the fall flowers, garden mums are lush and colorful and go great with a pumpkin or gourd display. Many plant mums along walkways or in gardens and many keep them in pots in the home or by the mailbox or lantern post. There is no wrong way to use a mum!

Sedum

A great fall grower, sedum is also a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. The tiny flowers create beautiful puffs of bright colors atop long green stems. These look great in container gardens or as part of your landscaping. After the blooms have run their course dry them out and then use them as part of a flower arrangement later!

 

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Photo Gallery: AZEK Kit Pergolas

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Walpole Outdoors Pergola Kits feature exceptional style and unmatched construction. Standard pergola kits are crafted in your low maintenance wood alternative AZEK and fit a wide variety of outdoor locations.

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5 Mid-Summer Projects

We’re deep in the midst of summer and there’s no better time to get those outdoor projects done. Before the evening sunlight begins to fade and the leaves fall, get that outdoor list fully checked off.

1. Take Charge of Storage

The Pine Harbor collection of sheds and small buildings includes the Pine Harbor Classic Shed Series and the Pine Harbor Signature Building Series.

The Pine Harbor collection of sheds and small buildings includes the Classic Shed Series and the Signature Building Series.

When winter hits you are going to hurry to store all of your tools, planters, pots and other outdoor accessories. Now is the best time to get storage squared away – you have time to shop and time to build.

You can take the leap and finally get that beautiful and spacious storage shed you’ve always had your eye on or go for something that will meet the needs of right now like the Cedar Cubby storage unit. Now is also time to tackle the constant struggle of pool area storage. Never lose a noodle again!

2. Add A Visual Focus

It’s always wise to do your building when the ground isn’t frozen solid. So that’s why now is the time to get started on that outdoor visual focus. Whether a sculpture, fountain or structure a visual focus is a piece of decor that ties your outdoor space together. Now is a great time to shop for ideas and get your yard ready for installation.

3. Try Raised Beds

If you love to garden but don’t have the best area or soil for gardening trying your hand at a raised bed could be beneficial before the summer comes to a close. Raised beds allow you to garden with better soil conditions on top of your yard or spruce up an area with a little contained nature. You can buy quality cedar raised beds from us or build your own!

4. Fix Your Fence

If you’re fence isn’t pristine and you aren’t ready for a new one take time this summer to make repairs and prep for the coming cold. Now is the time to make fixes to your wood fence to keep it functional and vertical for the winter. Take some time to repaint or stain and sure up any areas lacking structural integrity. Getting this done while the sun is shining will make your life a whole lot easier than digging through leaves or snow.

5. Add Some Fire!

Fire Bowl with Full Moon Party Fire Screen

Fire Bowl with Full Moon Party Fire Screen

What better way to enjoy the summer nights than around a fire?! This is an addition that doesn’t have to be permanent or costly and can expand your outdoor enjoyment well into winter.

If you want to take on a project build your own DIY fire pit or seating area just take a look online or talk to a friend with a setup you envy. If you would rather leave the fire to the pros you can focus on creating a cozy seating area around a fire bowl. This new space can be enjoyed anytime the sky is clear!

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Outdoor Solutions: Kit Pergolas

Adding a place of interest or an outdoor focal point can be invaluable for any business, store, government building, country club, restaurant, school or sports and leisure center. Creating a space for people to relax, eat or otherwise just enjoy the outdoors is key in creating a relaxing and stress-free environment. Creating that space can also be stress-free as well with the simple and beautiful Walpole priced pergola kits.

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A kit pergola could be just what your backyard needs.

If you don’t want to spend the money or time building a custom structure our selection of priced pergola kits is the perfect solution for you. Each pergola is crafted in finely sources materials including natural western red cedar and the low-maintenance wood alternative AZEK. Available in a variety of styles priced kit pergolas can add unmeasurable value and interest to an outdoor space of any kind and last for years and years to come with little to no maintenance required. Contractors can offer them to their clients, buy them from Walpole and install them with ease.

Why a priced kit pergola from Walpole Outdoors?

 

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Completely Pre-Manufactured: No fabrication in the field is required. Components arrive pre-fabricated and factory finished. Structurally reinforced seamless beams are pre-drilled, and joists pre-notched.

Easy To Install: Unskilled workers find it easy from start to finish. Assembly components include uncomplicated brackets and fasteners. These are powder-coated stainless steel. See how simple the installation will be. Call and we’ll send you the installation instructions.

More Size and Style Options: Freestanding or attached, from 10′ x 10′ to 14′ x 14′, with straight or arched tops, rounded or square columns. Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 24″ beyond the center of the columns. Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.

Versatile: Can be quickly erected anywhere – hardscaping (bluestone, pavers) or on a deck. All of our kits – including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas – have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.

Completely Factory Finished: Sherwin-Williams® VinylSafe paint with a 25-year warranty so you can get the perfect color to match your outdoor space.

Smart Delivery: Arrives in wrapped pallets with easy-to-follow detailed instructions for even a novice installer. Motorized or manual shade canopies optional.

 

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Enhance Your Entryway With An Arbor

Outdoor structures are an easy way to enhance the natural beauty of your home or garden, enhance your landscaping and create an inviting atmosphere. A structure also serves as a visual focal point that can really add a boost to your home’s curb appeal and be the basis for an area of visual interest you can build upon. Though all structures accomplish this none do so quite as easily as a classic arbor.

Arbors can be used along with fencing and gates, hedges and perimeter landscaping, footpaths, or just by itself to establish an entryway to a garden area. The structures are versatile and have a simple elegance. Choose a graceful arch top or a flat pergola top with or without lattice panels.

One of the best things about an arbor is it’s simplicity. Here are a few standard arbor designs that can fit into virtually any outdoor area…

Plantation Arbor

The Plantation Arbor with Hyannis swing.

The Plantation Arbor with Hyannis swing.

With its handsome good looks, the Plantation Arbor is always an inviting attraction, no matter where it is located in the garden. It measures 6-feet wide with 4-inch square vinyl posts and three sturdy carrying beams. The horizontal/vertical lattice side panels are 6-feet high with 2½ inch openings. Sold with our comfortable 4-foot Hyannis porch swing which is crafted from low maintenance recycled material.

This wide arbor looks great with a swing or just to frame a larger entryway. Utilize the lattice panels and pergola style top to grow vertically!

Standard Spindle Top Arbor

The classic arched-top arbor.

The classic arched-top arbor.

If your vision for an arbor includes a graceful arch the Standard Spindle Top Arbor is your best bet.

This arbor is the classic look that many homeowners envision for their homes. The arched top is flanked by two lattice side panels that compliment any style fencing and can be used as an anchor to climbing plants of any variety.

This design looks great with a fence and gate but can also be a great addition to a stone or gravel footpath to create a little bit of whimsy.

Crafted in AZEK cellular PVC with 4-inch square posts with 3 1/2 inch square arch. 5-foot high horizontal/vertical lattice side panels with 38-inch depth.

Standard Garden Arbor

The versatile Garden Arbor.

The versatile Garden Arbor.

Walpole arbors make a grand entrance no matter the architecture of your home or where you choose to locate them. Our standard 6-foot wide Garden Arbor has 4-inch square posts, and a 4-inch square decorative carrying beam. The impressive pergola-style top is complemented by horizontal/vertical lattice side panels.

The Garden arbor is handcrafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC. This advanced vinyl has the weight and look of natural wood, yet it won’t rot, warp, or crack, and will hold its pristine looks for years with little-to-no effort required.

While we offer a wide selection of standard arbors, we will work with your ideas to create the perfect customized structure to meet your location, taste, and needs. Our arbors are factory prepainted so there no mess during installation.

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Creating A Stone or Brick Garden Path

If you scroll through Pinterest enough you will find yourself dreaming of a garden pathway that looks like it was ripped straight from a fairytale. Lush greens and flowers growing wildly surround a rustic stone pathway that leads to anywhere and everywhere.

Image this path beginning with an arbor covered in v vines and blooms! (Pinterest)

Image this path beginning with an arbor covered in vines and blooms! (Pinterest)

Well, you’ve got your arbor (that was easy) now it’s time to get your hands dirty! If you want that etherial pathway lined with flowers you first have to plan and define it.

Creating your own garden path may seem like a real chore but it can be fun and simple if you plan ahead and have the right tools…and like a bit of hard work!

Materials: First you have to choose what kind of path you are going to create. Do you want to use stone? Brick? Gravel? Or something more organic like mulch? Deciding on your material makes a huge difference in how you are going to create the path. So first look at the space you have and the aesthetic. If you don’t have so much room maybe a path of large stones won’t work. For a stone or brick path keep on reading!

Measure and dig: With string and pegs measure and map out your path. Remember if you want a certain edging to include that when you measure. From there dig enough dirt out to accommodate the sand and gravel that will make up the bottom of the pathway. Also remember to make the path slant at an angle sightly for proper drainage. Once that is finished use some wood to enclose the pathway by securing it to the pegs you added to map out the path earlier.

Gravel and stone: Get your gravel and spread a layer on the pathway, tamping it down afterwards. Next spread a layer of sand making sure it is perfectly level and filled. After you can lay your stone or brick into the sand, tamping them down so they are securely in the sand and level with each other. After you are finished fill the gaps between bricks or stones with fine sand, finishing off with some more decorative gravel on the surface.

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