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These Statues Will Have You Ultra Zen in the Garden

These Statues Will Have You Ultra Zen in the Garden

Big Fred Totally Zen Gnome Garden Statue by Campania International

This peaceful gnome sits in a zen pose with his eyes closed, taking in his natural surroundings. Big Fred is one of our best sellers and in it is not hard to see why. His calm presence is sure to bring your garden luck! Shown in English Moss. Proudly made in the USA.

Big Fred Totally Zen Gnome Garden Statue by Campania International

Campania International Coffee Frog Statue

Legg's crossed and head at ease this little frog is taking a precious moment to drink his coffee and absorb the daybefore it begins. Spend your mornings with Coffee Frog Statue and his companion Tea Frog, they are sure to start your day with a smile.

Campania International Coffee Frog Statue

Campania International Totally Zen Too Frog Statue

The Campania International Totally Zen Too Frog Statue is the baby brother to the Campania International Totally Zen Frog Statue. Each offers a great addition to the garden and both ship via FedEx home delivery.

Campania International Totally Zen Too Frog Statue

Garden Planters

Garden Planters

Planting a garden takes work, but it's very rewarding and gives one satisfaction. It also takes the right equipment and supplies. You can opt to install Campania Planters in a backyard, side or on the front section, or you can create a DIY container garden and design it to suit your outdoor space. Picking the right planters can instantly turn your garden space into a stunning “island chain” garden.

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However, getting the right planter can be tricky. Metal planters hold water better than the porous containers made of wood. There are many other things you need to learn about pots or planters before you make the purchase decision. Here are some general things that you need to keep in mind when shopping for planters.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF POTS AND PLANTERS?

Planters and pots are essential elements that suit nearly every type of landscape. There are various types of planters and pots available to enhance your garden design, accent architecture, or dress up patio spaces. Consider window box/deck rail, living wall, freestanding, hanging, cascade or patio. It all depends on your preferences.

  • Window Box/Deck Rail:These planters and pots are suspended from the sides of deck rails or under windows; they are ideal for adding texture and flowering vines to these accent spots on a home.
  • Living Wall:This is the newest type of planters and pots to hit the market. Living wall planters are attached to a vertical space and offer a medium for foliage, vegetables, and flowers. They are great for space-challenged or focal point homes.
  • Free Standing:Freestanding planters and pots usually have a built-in base to lift up plants. They are a perfect cluster in varying heights or accent corners in a patio or outdoor living space.
  • Hanging: Hanging planters or pots are usually hooked to a single point on either the ceiling of a patio, an overhead beam of covered surface. They are suspended from overhead.
  • Patio: A patio pot or planter is the typical containers used for outdoor vegetables, flowers, and other plants. They come in varying dimensions and sizes as well as the type of materials.
  • Cascade: A cascade planter is fitted with multiple tiers to add height to any outdoor space. These tiers are ideal for cascading plants and flowers.
  • Plant-Specify/Novelty: From wheelbarrows reinvented to strawberry planters as growing containers, novelty or plant-specific planters and pots is a great addition to an extensive landscape.
  • WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS PLANTER MATERIALS AVAILABLE?

Planters come in all sizes and shapes, but the material is the most important thing to consider before thinking about the shape and size. Here is a quick glance at the various material used to make planters and pots and their pros and cons.

  • Metal: Metal planters are perennial favorites as modern or rustic garden accents, including copper, bronze, galvanized, cast iron, and stainless steel designs featuring fluting, classic scrollwork, or decorative patinas. The major downside of metal is the high thermal transference it poses that could result in frost damage or overheating. For better insulation, you can add an internal linear.
  • Plastic And Resin: Resin and plastic materials are affordable yet durable. The resin is usually used to imitate other materials such as terracotta or stone. Some designs are remarkably stone-like. The resin is much lighter than concrete and comes in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Unlike natural materials, plastic is not porous, and thus can be a better reservoir for water. Most of them come in a variety of colors and often have in print designs to give your garden container a unique look.
  • Concrete And Cast Stone: Concrete and cast stone garden planters tend to be large, weighty, and highly decorative, such as urns in neoclassical, classical, and other European styles. They are costlier than other materials, but planters made of stone are highly durable and wind-resistant. These containers are ideal frost-proof insulators. However, if you want something brighter, look for something that’s less earthy. You can plant larger plants such as shrubs in concrete containers, but if you want to rearrange your patio frequently, these planters might not be the ideal choice due to their heavy nature.
  • Wood Containers: Wood planters are frost-proof and therefore, you can keep wood containers outdoor all the yearlong. They also add a countryside look to your outdoor space. The wood also provides good insulation for plant roots, allowing them to absorb minerals and nutrients easily. You can also achieve a similar look with wicker baskets, but both wood and baskets discolor and depreciate more quickly than terra cotta. You can re-paint your wood containers after several years to give them a fresh look. Baskets are not ideal for long-term projects as they deteriorate after a few planting seasons.
  • Terra Cotta Containers Perhaps the most popular and most common of all the garden planters, terra cotta containers come in a range of sizes, colors, and styles. You can get glazed types in shades of blue or red, or choose those with natural texture in a light rust color. Terracotta planters are also beneficial to your plants. Their porous material allows air to seep through, which in turns helps the roots making the plants grow and thrive.
  • Other Options

There are hundreds of planter options for outdoor planters including glazed ceramic and many others. It all depends on your needs and preferences.

WHAT ARE THE FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A PLANTER

You can get great planters in many sizes, shapes, designs and even ones meant for specialized uses. The huge varieties of garden planters available on the market might make your decision bit overwhelming. But with the following strategy, you can get perfect planters for your garden design and needs. Before you purchase your first or next planter, keep these tips in mind.

The Type Of Plant You Intend To Grow In Them

Buyers need to decide what they intend to grow in their planter container. Researching the types of plants that thrives in your area gives you a basis for choosing the type of planters based on the plant needs. Some plants require more space and sun while others have extensive root growth; all this are factors you ought to consider. For instance, plants that have a faster growth require being planted in a larger planter box so that they can have more room for sprouting.

  • Location: The location of the planter is an important consideration to keep in mind, as space and sunlight can greatly affect the plants growth. Choose outdoor planters that can withstand weather elements or indoors planter for decorative purposes. Larger planter boxes can function as the focal point open space in a yard or garden. The smaller planters can fill in the small blank spaces in your garden.
  • Will You Be Moving It Around: There are planter materials that are considered heavier than others. Therefore, have this factor in mind. If you are looking to move the planters around or rearranging your garden a lot, choose a planter that is lightweight. Planters made of Concrete and cast stone can be challenging to move around.
  • Season: Planters made from certain materials such as ceramic and clay are prone to cracking in extremely cold temperatures (freezing and near-freezing temperatures). Therefore, if you’re looking for something you can leave outside all the year long, go for other types of planters such as stone, concrete and plastic; these survive well in harsh weather.

The time you’re willing to spend in the garden

How much time you will be spending in your garden is an important factor to consider. Larger planters can act as a good water reservoir and thus keep the soil moist for longer. This makes them an ideal choice for those people who don't have time to water their garden often. Smaller planters are ideal for those that can tend to their garden more often.

Material Of The Planter

Planters come in various materials as aforementioned, and your needs and preferences dictate the material for your planter.

  • Wood is a classic yet contemporary material, and it makes solid planters thanks to its good strength and durability. They make ideal planters for heavy and tall plantings. They are long-lasting, strong, weather resistant, and can be painted to match or enhance the color of your garden. However, wood planters require regular maintenance and can be damaged by woodlice and ants.
  • CARE TIPS: wood can expand and shrink with moistures. So, avoid placing it directly on the ground. You can also treat it with recommended preservatives to prevent them from rotting.
  • Metal are ideal for giving your garden a rustic look. They have proven to be ideal for heavy plantings especially those made from steel and zinc. They are strong, durable, and are suitable for winter planters. However, they can get extremely hot during warm seasons.
  • CARE TIPS: As the metal containers heat up during hot weather, remember to water your plants regularly to ensure they remain green and succulent. You can also fit an internal linear; it helps to improve insulation. To avoid corrosion, apply a galvanized zinc coating or oil sealant or apply paint to act as a protective barrier.
  • Clay also provide a rustic look to your garden and is cheaper; it's a great pocket-friendly option. Fiber-clay and terracotta are the common clay materials used. Its affordable and gives your garden a traditional look. However, they can break easily and can be heavy especially the larger designs. They are also sensitive to weather.
  • CARE TIPS: clay is not an ideal material for freezing weather. Avoid leaving clay planters outdoor during winter to prevent them from cracking.
  • Ceramic is also an option that comes in a wide range of patterns and colors. They are a great choice for trendy gardeners. They are waterproof, distinctive and are ideal for the windy weather because of their weighty nature. However, they are expensive and can break easily.
  • CARE TIPS: They are prone to breaking or cracking if exposed to freezing temperature. Therefore, keep them indoors during winter. Also, handle them with care because of their fragility.
  • Plastic are available in a range of different colors and styles. They’re gardeners’ favorites thanks to their affordability, waterproof nature, lightweight nature and frost-proof ability. However, they can become hot during weather and are prone to fading and weakening after a lot of exposure to sun and weather.
  • CARE TIPS: Cover the plastic pots to prevent them from fading unevenly due to sunlight exposure.
  • Stone and concrete make are ideal materials for large planters because of their heavy nature. They have been proven to stand the test of time thanks to their durability. They are great at maintaining soil temperature and moisture and are suitable for all the seasons. However, they’re weighty and difficult to move around.
  • CARE TIPS: cover up your stone or concrete planter during winter to prevent any discoloring caused by ice and snow.

The resin is another material for planters and is used to imitate other planter materials such as stone and terracotta. It's preferred by contemporary gardeners who want to keep up with trends. They are suitable for all seasons, affordable, lightweight and have good water retention. However, they can blow over during heavy winds because of their lightweight nature.

Check For Proper Drainage

Having chosen the design and material, the next thing to keep an eye on is the drainage factor of planters. Drainage holes at around the lower perimeter of the box provide airflow and prevent drowning. You can add more drainage holes to a planter container, and put down newspaper to avoid soil loss.

The Right Soil

The final step in choosing a planter is to pair it with the right soil. Annuals and perennials with shallow roots require about 2/3 of mulching under 1/3 potting mix. Choose lightweight soil and less potting mix to prevent water retention. Don’t over-fill your planter box no matter its size.

WHERE TO BUY THE RIGHT PLANTERS

Having known the right material, size, color, and design you want for your planter box, you can explore our wide variety of Campania Planters to see whether there’s one that will suit your needs and preferences. The containers and pots at Campania Planters have been made in unique designs, best materials so as to ensure durability and distinctiveness.

  • Aiden Harris
10 Ways to Up Your Outdoor Decor Game

10 Ways to Up Your Outdoor Decor Game

10 Ways to Up Your Outdoor Decor Game

  1. Mimic Your Indoor Style Outside

Just as you know to decorate a den or living room with a rug, sofa, chairs, lighting and accessories, take a similar approach with your outdoor living space. The same elements that make room in the home feel inviting and comfortable will work outside, with some modifications. Instead of a floral scented candle, find high-quality citronella candle in a pretty but durable container. Use throw pillows and cushions made with all-weather material so you won’t have to worry if they get caught in the rain. Marine-grade electronics are usually a good choice if you live somewhere humid or with the crazy weather too.

  1. Be Creative with Furniture

When it comes to the outdoors, many accessories lead double lives. That low cast stone pedestal you’ve been using to prop up a planter? Simply remove the planter and use it as extra seating or as an ottoman. A round fire pit can be covered for protection in the summer and used as a table instead. Use colorful planters to hold silverware and napkins at a buffet dinner or fill them with ice and use as wine buckets. If you need shade, try installing a Treasure Garden Cantilever umbrella that can rotate between two different areas of the yard to meet your needs.

  1. Make an Entrance

Make the entrance of your garden or yard known with an impressive arbor covered in vines or a pair of regal griffons protecting your space. Campania International’s cast stone finials atop pedestals or even large flat rocks will add formality and a rustic touch all at the same time. Statues are a great way to section off a driveway or particular space without adding too much of a border.

  1. Add Unexpected Lighting

Installing outdoor lighting is a worthwhile investment for both safety and to add curb appeal. Try putting lights in unusual places, such as solar fence post caps to guide a path. What about those strands of white lights you forgot to put in the attic after the holidays? Try loosely wrapping the branches of a tree near your outdoor living space to add ambiance without feeling gimmicky. Freestanding garden torches by Fermob also have a nice effect in the evening. Try placing them at a safe distance from your table while enjoying dinner outdoors - they’ll help to keep the bugs away while adding some light.

  1. Don’t be Afraid of Color

One of the best aspects of an outdoor living space is how easily it can be changed with your style, mood or season. Invest in quality furniture but change out cushions and pillows often to keep them fresh and current. The same is true with colorful flowers - use certain colors for specific seasons, such as pinks and purples in the spring, yellow for summer and oranges for fall. Colorful ceramic planters, both large and small, can be placed around the space on table tops or on the ground to add color easily and effectively. For a bold pop of color, colorful French bistro furniture from Fermob packs a punch and is made to last.

  1. Diversify Your Plant Portfolio

When it comes to shape, size, and texture, the best gardens have it all. When working with a landscape designer or doing your planting, make sure you keep it fresh with a variety of shrubs, trees, and other plants. You can make them work in your favor for framing an area, creating a natural sound barrier or division of space and much more. Trees can act as your outdoor architecture, adding natural archways and corners to an area. Topiaries especially look nice planted in French glazed pottery from The Garden Gates. Soft grasses will act as a carpet or a guiding path for a natural flow. Make sure to check which shrubs and trees will do best in your area before getting dirty.

  1. Look for Opportunities

Almost any item can turn into a unique and unusual planter or vase. Old baskets you no longer use indoors, or even a rusty crate that was long forgotten can become a chic rustic plant holder or centerpiece in your outdoor decor. Decorative bowls that have been chipped and well-loved will get a new live as a herb garden or succulent bowl. Small glasses collecting dust in the cabinet will make darling vases for wildflowers, and fresh greens clipped in the backyard. There are so many ways to add charm and a personal touch using items you already have.

  1. Be a Collector

Showcase your favorite varieties of plants and flowers. Change out smaller planters with seasonal annuals and group them together in a special way. If you love pinkish hues, try planting different flower pots in a row of colors from dark to light pink to create an ombre effect. If you like succulents, create a tabletop display for your outdoor living space that will become an eye-catching focal point. Aside from plants, statuary collections are always interesting. Make a space for a few cast stone Buddhas of different sizes and styles for an eclectic Zen retreat in your backyard.

  1. Leave Room for Nature

You can design and decorate almost every aspect of your outdoor living space, but you will have to remember that there are some aspects you cannot control. You can guide Mother Nature, but she also does what she wants. Plants will grow and take over certain areas with the right care, or they might not work at all. Finding a balance in an outdoor space can be trial and error until you find what works best for you and your family. Plan your space with loved ones in mind, especially small children, and pets, so that all can enjoy safely.

  1. Age Gracefully

Don’t worry when your cast stone planters, garden fountains, benches and tables start to turn with age. Their porous surface fondly encourages the greenish growth that will creep up the sides over time. Even some metals will start to oxidize outside, creating a gorgeous patina. Before you start to clean them, remember that this effect is very much desired and will create a stately appearance in your outdoor living space.
Campania Statues

Campania Statues

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FRENCH BISTRO FURNITURE

THE HISTORY OF BISTRO FURNITURE

A bistro is a modest bar, tavern, or informal European-style restaurant/cafe that most likely serves wine and coffee in addition to moderately priced food. Originally a Parisian invention, bistros were born out of basement kitchens of Parisian apartments. Landlords would often earn additional income by cooking and selling large, simple, and storable meals to the paying public. If you’re lucky, your local bistro will serve home-style French cooking and slow-cooked foods. Despite offering quick bites to eat, you are more than welcome to settle in, relax, and read or chat the day away at most bistros.
The word “bistro” has quite a mysterious and contended origin. Many believe it started during the Russian occupation of Paris in 1815. Legend states that hungry and impatient Russian soldiers would demand food from the French while shouting “bystra,” which means “hurry up.” Gradually, this Russian word became the name of a place to grab a quick bite to eat or drink. Not all historians agree with this tale, however, because it took seventy years after the Russians left for the word “bistro” to officially appear in the French language. These naysayers might side with those who believe the term is related to “bistreau,” the French word for innkeeper.
Just like an actual bistro, bistro furniture has a small, unpretentious footprint. Bistro tables and chairs are meant to function in a smaller space or as seating for any patio oasis. Bistro furniture usually comes in plastic, aluminum, wood, wrought iron, or metal, and blends with any decor.
Reinventing the Chair
In 1859, Michael Thonet created chair No. 14, also known as the “bistro chair,” and referred to as the “chair of chairs.” Thonet designed the chair, in response to a demand for cafe-style chairs, with seats made of woven cane or palm that could easily drain spilt liquid.  Made using the unique steam-bending process called “bentwood,” this chair’s classic design has been praised by designers and architects alike and earned Thonet a gold medal at the 1867 Paris World’s Fair.
Using only six pieces of wood, two nuts, and ten screws, No. 14 assembles and dissembles with ease. To make the wooden parts, beechwood slats were heated to 100°C, pressed into curved cast-iron molds, and dried at 70°C for 20 hours. Due to its affordable and simple design, No. 14 became one of the best-selling mass-produced chairs ever made, selling 50 million chairs between 1859 and 1930, and millions more since 1930. It’s safe to say that this chair has cradled more butts than any other chair, including the famous tuchus’s of Lenin, Picasso, and Einstein. Today, Chair No. 14, now referred to as 214, is still produced and sold by Thonet.
A Table for All
Bistro tables are small, usually round, and seat two to four people. They are most often made of metal but sometimes made of wood, and the tabletops are often made of decorative glass, embellished with a mosaic or pattern, or slated for easy drainage. Metal bistro tables are great for the outdoors because they resist the elements better than wood. Bistro tables are loved because of their size - big enough to eat on but small enough for almost any kind of space - and because they are perfect for a balcony, a porch, or as a kitchen table.
Choosing the Right Bistro Furniture
The Garden Gates offers over 25 styles of bistro furniture, including armchairs, chairs, garden benches, tables, folding tables, folding chairs, pedestal tables, and stools.
Fermob
Fermob, a French outdoor furniture manufacturer, creates innovative, practical, and fun pieces that will bring any outdoor space to life. Fermob's business is the outdoors and they seek to love, protect, and respect nature in both their daily life and their production process. The authority on outdoor furniture, Fermob has beautiful and functional pieces perfect for entertaining, seating, and dining in backyards, on porches and patios, or near pools. Combine pieces from different collections and mix and match from 24 vibrant colors to create your perfect garden space. From patio tables to lounge chairs and stools, Fermob offers a sleek and stylish way to add personality to your home.  Explore the many Fermob Bistro Furniture collections: 1900, Patio Bistro, Alize, Bellevie, Bistro Collection, Cargo, Castille Plus, Charivari, Costa, Craft, Dune, Ellipse, Facto, Flower, French Bistro, Kids Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Montmartre, Monceau, Opera, Origami, Petale, Plein Air, Rendez Vous, Sixties, and Surprising. With the best prices and free shipping, it's hard to say no to Fermob.
Metal, either steel or aluminum, is Fermob's main raw material and one that is part of a global recycling process. This ensures that Fermob's products are not only made from recycled materials but also recyclable themselves. Sheets and reels of steel are mechanically cut, folded, and bent, and then workers hand-craft the rest. All Fermob products are painted with powder paints that are solvent-free, UV-proof, recyclable and recycled. The paint is applied in a zero-release facility and does not affect the health of employees, consumers, or the environment.  If not painted, Fermob products use recycled and sustainable outdoor technical fabric. Comfortable, tear-proof, resistant to deformities, and treated against mold and UV rays, this fabric does not retain water, is easy to clean, stays cool in the sun, and keeps colors vibrant. Anti-corrosion treatments are subjected to resistance tests, which exposes the furniture to the equivalent of 47 years of intense use. Fermob strives to create the lightest possible furniture without sacrificing durability. They optimize their energy with a new oven-drying method for metal parts that cuts consumption down 30% and by reducing their paint-curing temperature by 10°. Each Fermob item is inspected throughout the production process: first the raw materials, then the welds, the paint, the assembly, and finally, the finished product. Every product is signed by the inspector, providing a personal stamp of quality, responsibility, and pride.
Furniture Designhouse
The European Cafe collection by Furniture Design House is well crafted and hand forged by old-world artisans at their European factory. Furniture Designhouse products are manufactured to withstand the extremes of 24/7 use, 365 days a year. The hand-applied paint is specially formulated by the world's premier producer of powder coatings and paints. The steel frames are treated to prevent rust and then coated with a 100% polyester baked anti-UV powder and scratch resistant powder. Nearly 200 Powder Coat colors (for steel surfaces) and over 1,600 paint colors (for wood surfaces) are available. This collection is not only stylish and functional, but also very well constructed. Furniture Designhouse products are manufactured to commercial specifications, so even the lightest chairs will easily support a 350+ pound person. With an incredible number of choices to complement both elegant and sophisticated spaces, this premium quality collection will differentiate itself from the crowd. The degree of quality, attention to detail, high-end finishes, and endless customization options are unmatched anywhere else in the world and make Furniture Designhouse hard to ignore.
Furniture Designhouse offers pieces in steel, chestnut wood, and African Teak. Their distinctly designed steel frames allow for a thicker gauge of steel, providing additional strength and stability while adding minimally to weight. The steel is suitable for year round, all weather use and can easily support a 400 lb person. Steel frames are treated to prevent rust and will not peel, crack, or blister. Choose from 10 standard colors of 100% polyester baked anti-UV powder coat paint or over 200 optional colors. Chestnut Wood slats are available and suggested for outdoor use. This wood is offered in its "natural" color and sealed with protective clear coating, or choose from any of the 10 standard colors and over 1,600 paint colors for wood surfaces.  African Teak is most preferred for outdoor use due to its natural resistance to moisture, decomposition, and insects, and its ability to endure various climate conditions. African Teak has a natural protective oil inside and maintains its shape even after being "worked." As it ages, African Teak will turn from creamy yellow to chocolate brown. Let it weather naturally or treat it occasionally with "Teak oil" to preserve the color and moisture.
Pottery Barn
While most bistro furniture is made from metal, Pottery Barn offers a collection of wicker bistro furniture. Framed in aluminum and wrapped in all-weather wicker, these items are super durable and salute the woven style of the original bistro chair. Prized for it's durability, beauty, and feather-light qualities, wicker has been prized since ancient times. However, Pottery Barn claims that while their collection captures the qualities of true wicker, theirs is actually made from a strong synthetic. Pottery Barn also offers French-made bistro furniture by Tolix, solidly built from rugged steel (read: heavy) and lacking some of the flair intended to be present in the bistro style. While seeming similar to Fermob or Furniture Design House, Pottery Barn products prove that you cannot substitute quality and still expect the same results.