This week Robert Hall has been to the Glee Garden Trade show at the NEC in Birmingham and has reviewed the new Lotus Wheelie Bin Store; Metal Garages, Bicycle Store; Sheds and Workshops and more...
If you think traditional water features seem unadventurous, you may not be aware of the many contemporary products that can enhance a modern garden.
You may associate Haddonstone with very classical water features. And you'd be correct, but also surprised to find that they also produce a notable contemporary range that will transform any garden and some of which can also be located indoors.
Egg shapes either smooth or spiralled, on pebbles or in a bowl, such as the Arcadian Egg Stone Fountain, intricate designs, for example the Ring Maze Stone Fountain and robust circular half globe fountains.
Stone & Water, as their name might suggest, design an impressive range of modern granite features, far too many to mention individually and much too cutting edge to adequately describe.
However, as they say themselves, there is a 'magical combination of natural stone, gently running water and soothing light' and the 'features will engage the senses' creating 'an impressive focal point in any garden'.
Borderstone are also leaders in cast stone ornaments and they can offer very large and equally imposing granite and limestone spheres, among other striking sandstone designs, over which water flows with remarkable effect.
As a manufacturer, Bermuda has a firmly established reputation for innovation, quality and value for money. Their new 'Vision' range of stylish water features feature a vibrant mix of colours with each feature benefiting from crisp white LEDs with the exception of the Midnight Black models which have stunning 'neon blue' LEDs.
Sheets of water creating a curtain have long been popular with garden designers and the 'Ottawa' and 'Venice' pieces from Aqua Creations, made from stainless steel, shimmer and glimmer, stunningly replicating this effect and accentuating it with the use of LEDs
In the Aqua Creations contemporary collection, there are sculptures crafted from high quality polyresin with a smooth polished 'granite' finish surface that reflects the sunlight and shines with a silver sheen when water passes over it. The range includes several sculptured ornaments featuring male and female representations, some more accessible than others, from figurines to very abstract artefacts.
Don't be under the misapprehension that water features have to be safe and predictable, in a modern garden you can dare to be different and there are plenty of contemporary water features and fountains out there that will allow you to express your garden's individuality.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and here at the Garden Centre we are already receiving new stock in readiness for spring which is just around the corner. David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.