With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
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.
Looking to buy a timber planter but not sure what to purchase? David Coton provides some helpful advice on the many different designs that are available and how they can transform your patio and garden.
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 spring well under way, you may be considering buying a greenhouse, Andy Taylor tells you how this will increase your chances of successfully growing a wider variety of plants over a longer period of time.
March is the time when spring arrives and you can enjoy getting back into your garden. Andy Taylor looks at what gardening jobs can be done now the days are getting warmer and lighter outside.