Stone Bird Baths and Sundials make handsome features in any garden, as with their other cast stone ornaments they are an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary styles, all finely crafted and expertly designed
A well laid patio is an ideal area on which to relax and entertain and, if you have ever been intimidated by the designs created by TV experts, help is at hand with an impressive range of DIY kits from Kelkay..
These patio kits make it easy for you to transform any outdoor space into a far more inviting landscape with circle, square and octagon designs together with block paving. There are many colours, patterns and surface finishes to choose from and the kits are very simple to lay.
Circular or octagonal paving with a regular geometric pattern can be squared off if required and will look fabulous with a water feature at its centre. The paving resembles natural quarried stone and is available in many shades including Rustic Sage, Autumn Brown and York Gold.
The Kelkay Sunflare Circle kit forms a graphic representation of a flaring sun in two tone Rustic Sage and York Gold. The paving replicates natural reclaimed stone and covers an area of 5.15 sq mtrs or 9 sq mtrs if you use an optional squaring off kit.
Perhaps an Astral Compass will be more the effect you’re after or a distinctive eight petalled flower head, the latter reflecting the fresh hewn look of natural quarried flagstones. With these Kelkay kits both designs are achievable with a bit of effort, sand and cement.
Abbey, Minster and Nova kits are made up of random paving shapes in a choice of colours, a collection of seemingly haphazardly laid stones creating such an appealing effect. The slabs can also be used to create paths and of course each kit may be added to and a larger area of pleasing paving can be constructed.
More formal and with beautifully restrained colour, Natural patio kits using rainbow, silver grey, ivory or modac sandstone calibrated to 20mm and with sawn edges will form a very stylish and elegant paved area.
Sand and cement aren’t included in the kits, so you must buy these at the same time. Lay the slabs out first to get an idea of the finished article. By doing this you’ll also make sure that there’s enough room and you won’t need to cut any of the stones to fit.
Before you lay the slabs, dig out the area so it can accommodate a 75 – 100mm sub-base, 50mm of mortar and the depth of a slab. Don’t forget that paving must also be 150mm below the damp course. And one other thing, the slabs must slope away from the house, falling 12.5mm for every metre.
Keep checking with a spirit level as you go, leaving about 10mm between the stones and sweep in a dry mortar between the joints when you’ve finished.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
Elite Greenhouses have always been at the forefront of new design combined with an unrivalled user-friendly experience and the Edge has got it all.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2019.
Sometimes only the best will do. And if you are looking for the best domestic shed on the UK market it will probably be branded with the Biohort name and logo.