The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
A garden pergola combines elegance with functionality, the perfect place for you to relax and entertain. This is a guide to contemporary and traditional pergolas that can be freestanding, attached to your house or decking.
Whether you choose a modern or traditional design, there is no doubt your garden will benefit from the added structural interest and you'll have a fabulous area for entertaining and relaxation.
The Forest Ultima range are traditional freestanding pergolas and pergola arches that introduce height, structure and interest to a garden. With a light breeze and dappled sunlight they create a very pleasurable environment.
Rustic Rose and Contemporary pergolas from Grange are similar in design and, both these and the Forest pergolas, can be used to create an attractive entranceway or a covered avenue between two sections of your garden.
Many pergolas, such as the Grange Portico Arch, feature a trellis so that heavily scented plants such as roses, honeysuckle, jasmine or wisteria can be more easily trained. These can be planted in the ground at the base of supporting posts or in containers for fabulous colour and perfume.
For something a little different, consider the Forest Radial Pergola that will fit snugly into a corner. The Carousel Pergola from Grange is an arresting centrepiece with cross beams connected to a circular roof.
The Jac Flower Domed Pergola is another circular construction with heavy sisal ropes designed to carry climbing plants, while Grange's Apollo Pergola has featured on TV and is a superb contemporary design with curved beams and rafters. Both will transform a garden space into a modern picnic or seating area.
A Colonnade Pergola, Bowed Walkway or Jac Flower Rope Walk Pergola would be perfect for covering a path with climbing plants, wonderful garden features to stroll along during high summer - if you need inspiration, visit Hampton Court's Laburnum Walk.
The Flower Circle Walk might be familiar as it has also been featured on TV, made up of 'circles' of timber, there are connecting rods on which flower containers can be attached.
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If you have a Oriental themed garden or wish to introduce some eastern interest, take a look at the Shanghai Pergola or Dragon Patio Pergola that will transform French windows or any other doorway for that matter. Extended and freestanding versions are available.
To avoid any rain delays, the Sienna and Verona canopies from Rowlinson, made from showerproof fabric and fully retractable, are good examples of how to avoid a sudden shower or provide total shade if the sun is too intense.
Finally, if you want decking and a pergola, Forest have the perfect product that will transform your patio completely. Their Patio Deck Kit includes a pergola and timber balustrade, so there is space for a table and chairs with the integral pergola offering a shaded area.
This guide by Andy Taylor is all about battery powered lights, a very safe way to decorate your home with festive colour. With low running costs and bright LEDs, batteries may be the smart choice this Christmas.
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.
In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.
Christmas wreaths, swags and garlands might be thought a little old fashioned, but Robert Hall thinks that modern versions of these traditional decorations are a fabulous way to combine tradition with colourful contemporary themes.