Burbage metal and wooden gates, fencing and railing have recently been added to GardenSite, and last week David Coton took the opportunity to visit their Cannock base.
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.
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.
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.