Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
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..
You might not be familiar with the UK Men's Sheds Association but this is a fast growing organisation that, as David Coton discovered, encourages camaraderie and a sense of achievement among its members.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.