Timber garden decking never seems to lose its popularity, and why should it, when it's such a useful way of extending your living and entertaining space. Andy Taylor explains why decking is so easy to install and how best to look after it.
Stone contemporary planters are an attractive presence in gardens, conservatories and patios. David Coton from GardenSite provides a guide to choosing one that will enhance your property with style.
The GardenSite range of Contemporary Stone Planters is varied featuring containers of many profiles and sizes combining traditional craftsmanship with modern themes and presenting classical shapes as completely appropriate in a modern environment.
The Cube collection is made up of strikingly modern designs that incorporate many different influences as diverse as Grecian motifs and Inca Pyamids. There are others that resemble in a totally fascinating way a jigsaw puzzle and another based on, rather intriguingly, block paving. Manufactured from TecLite, these cubes are much lighter and have a different feel to other cast stone.
Other planters benefiting from confident angular lines are the Meander Stone Planter, the stylishly ribbed Chalice and the Arc Planter that is art deco inspired in the same way as the Sunburst Stone Planter.
Based on a popular 1970s design, the Flute Stone Planter has handsome lines and shapely proportions as does the Hoop Planter, that is a fine example of how a simple form can be so striking, in the same way as the Compton Bowl.
The Bay, Crucible and Octagonal planters rely on their eye catching elegant shapes rather than decoration to make an impact. The Flute Stone Planter is another one that impresses with a hugely attractive shape rather than intricate decoration. Possibly the best example of this is the Highland Park planter that has a wide rim, slim bowl and solid four legs.
Although taking their lead from classical designs, the Robert A. M. Stern collection is a stunning group of planters that can be perfectly at home inside the home or on a terrace. Evoking ancient Greece, the Olympian bowls, urns, vases and planters together with their Athenian counter parts are thoroughly contemporary with their clean, smooth and sophisticated lines.
The Roman Jardiniere has distinctly graceful contours, while the Vase is slim at its base and then expands like an upturned triangle interrupted by just a single rib. Both come in two sizes. The Romanesque Bowl is completely different, very wide and expansive but low on the ground with a delicate rim decoration.
GardenSite announce the introduction of the Kingston Range, a brand new collection of three multi-purpose lean-to and freestanding carports and a similarly styled contemporary gazebo.
The 'Beast From the East' one year, followed by record breaking temperatures the next, no-one can say our weather is predictable but what is foreseeable is that our Garden Centre will be having a huge amount of new stock arriving for spring which officially starts on the 20th March,
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 2019.
Wood burners and open fires that require a good supply of dry, well seasoned wood, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Log stores have therefore become increasingly essential and David Coton explains the differences between the many that are now available.