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.
Natural stone, especially beautiful sandstone with its veins of rich colour, is a wonderful material from which to craft garden planters, water features and benches. David Coton explains why the Strata Natural Stone range, now available on GardenSite, should find a home in every garden.
Sandstone will introduce a fabulous amount of colour into an outdoor space. The rainbow array of yellows, browns, reds and oranges that flows through the stone is guaranteed to enliven and bring interest to any location.
Benches may be very practical but sandstone transforms them into beautiful focal points. Although manufactured with traditional care and attention, Strata benches are very contemporary in design.
Planters also use the fantastic qualities of sandstone to great effect, contrasting with and enhancing foliage and flowers.
Many come in sets of differing sizes which look superb when grouped together such as the Lacerta planters. However the Elisa Sphere is a notable stand alone piece with its swirling surface reflecting the stone's dynamic hues.
Water Features continue the contemporary theme with spheres, bowls and cubes proliferating. Particularly eye catching is the Eridanus design that appears to be split into two and the Caelum feature whose grooved surface accentuates its splendid colours.
Each item in the range is highly durable with unique colouring, the polished surface coming to life both in the sunshine or when rain embellishes the surface with a glossy sheen.
The entire Strata collection offers everyone the chance of displaying the magnificent effects of sandstone in garden pieces that are remarkably well conceived and designed.
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.