Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.
Garden Arbours are the perfect solution if you want to have a shady alcove in which to relax on a summer's day.
Take a book, newspaper or nothing more than a cool drink, and have time out from the day, put your feet up and enjoy some well earned rest and recuperation.
These structures are stylish focal points, usually made from timber, and will enhance any garden. With enough room for at least two people they are ideal sanctuaries in which to take your ease on your own or with a friend.
With an apex or rounded roof, arbours provide protection from the sun and their design offers a light and airy environment with a choice of a panelled, trellis or open back.
Different roof styles may lend a gothic, oriental or Asian ambiance to the arbour. The Rowlinson Jaipur Arbour is reminiscent of the Raj while their Winchester Arbour could well have been inspired by that city's cathedral.
Trellis sides can make it easy to train climbing plants. When the sun is high there won't be anything better than being surrounded by the gorgeous colour of roses such as Blue Moon or Masquerade with their scent gently wafting by in the breeze.
Larger arbours are available that can seat a number of people around a built-in table, such as Grange's Valencia Corner Arbour, while the Forest Walk Through Arbour is in the style of a pergola and retains the best elements of both designs.
Different coloured finishes add to an arbour's presence, helping it blend into the garden or emphasizing its special qualities. Additionally, if supplied with a natural timber appearance, you can paint the arbour as you so wish.
Arbours are perfect to add structure to your garden and are ideal to sit back in on a sunny day, what's not to like about them? Have a look at our range from all the leading manufacturers now and you can have one in place when the summer arrives.
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In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.