Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
Ornate water features and fountains are familiar sights particularly in stately gardens and formal locations. David Coton reviews some alternatives that will add distinguished elegance to your home.
You needn't break the bank or have a garden the size of Chatsworth to entertain the idea of a decorative fountain whose design will add classical distinction to any landscape.
Haddonstone, with all their experience of producing fine cast stone ornaments, offer several opulent water features that are overflowing with grandeur as well as water.
The Neapolitan Fountain is a strikingly ornate creation on which a cherubic figure holds a dolphin from whose mouth water spouts and flows over the scalloped sides. Their Large Double Fountain is a sumptuous double tiered creation with a triple dolphin centrepiece. Other neapolitan styled fountains provide more compact but no less elegant alternatives.
Cherubs feature on many classical fountains, one is seen carrying a bowl on the Two Tier Cherub Fountain from Borderstone, and two form the beautifully sculptured Entwined Cherub Fountain from Chilstone who also produce splendidly statuesque water features such as the Oxford, Laskett and Bambury fountains.
Also from Haddonstone is the Bayeux Stone Fountain that has a Romanesque influence with columns and stylish leaf moulding. French sophistication is introduced by a Versailles Stone Fountain which is inspired by orinals at the Bosquet de la Colonnade - it will prove très charmant in many locations.
Borderstone's Large Circular Fountain is certainly an impressive size. 6ft in diameter, the two tiered centrepiece is nearly 7ft tall and is topped off with a pineapple. Easily assembled, three integral planters are also included.
A similar finial features on the more compact but still splendidly decorated Two Tier Pineapple Water Feature which is very elegant, slim and stylish.
Massarelli's are an American company producing fine cast stone ornaments, their classic Four Tier Fountain has a bottom pool that is 6ft across and water flows over four decorative tiers. The Windley Key Fountain's fibreglass bottom pool is even larger (8ft diameter).
Their other offerings include a sturdily proportioned Florentine Stone Fountain, the angular Three Tier Spade Fountain and the Two Tier Gabriel Cast Stone Fountain decorated with lions masks that spout water into the lower tier.
If you don't have the room for a large fountain, you can still introduce a classical ambiance with a wall mounted version of the Bayeux fountain. Also from Haddonstone, the Dauphin Stone Fountain is finely sculptured with water flowing from the mouth of a lion, or alternatively a Wood Nymph, into a pool below and then re-circulated.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.