Minimalist design by Adrian Bloom uses one shrub, Cornus alba Aurea, one conifer, Taxus baccata Robusta, one grass, Hakonechloa macra and one perennial, the everblack Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens to create a scene of year round interest - Bressingham Gardens photos by Richard and Adrian Bloom -
Keep flies AWAY from outdoor parties! Use lavender oil on a sponge & put it inside a can with a lid 24hrs prior the party. Open can & enjoy your food w/out flies flying all over your food. You could make a few and spread them along your food display.
A List of Mosquito Repelling Plants: The list of mosquito repelling plants is as follows: Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Castor, Rosemary, Lemongrass,Cedar, Peppermint, Clove, Geranium, Verbena, Pennyroyal,Lavender, Basil, Thyme,Garlic.
Dog Pond - Place a plastic kiddie pool in the ground. It'd be easy to clean and looks nicer than having it above ground. Big dogs can't chew it up or drag it around. . . . Why no just do this for little kids as well?