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.
With evenings becoming warmer, you will be spending more time in the garden and Robert Hall enjoys relaxing outdoors in an arbour at this time of the year surrounded by night scented plants.
Garden Arbours are perfect for chilling out at the end of the day with the sweet smell of adjacent fragrant flowers, and here are four of my favourite plants that will enhance your experience.
Nicotiana sylvestris (Flowering Tobacco) has panicles of 7cm long tubular, white flowers at the end of stems in the late summer, borne in clusters above mid-green foliage. Often grown as an annual, it has a strong night scent that attracts pollinating moths.
Climbing over trellis you can choose a honeysuckle such as Lonicera 'Serotina'. Quite vigorous and fully hardy it has attractive dark green foliage and very fragrant 4cm purple flowers during mid-late summer, followed by red berries.
'Kleim's Hardy' gardenia has white flowers that emit an intoxicating scent from June – August. It likes dappled shade and can be left outdoors all year. The glossy green leaves provides an attractive contrast on a compact container shrub with a height and spread of about 3ft.
Also ideal for a container next to an arbour, garden seat or back door is Night Phlox with a profusion of pink buds which reveal delicate scented white flowers. It's commonly known as 'Midnight Candy' for reasons that soon become clear.
On Gardensite we have an impressive range of garden arbours from leading manufacturers. There are various sizes to suit particular locations and many attractive designs suitable for one, two or more people.
All our arbours are constructed with quality materials and guaranteed to be a well loved part of your garden for many years, especially when complemented with beautiful scented plants..
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
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.