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.
Traditional cast stone garden planters often reference styles from the classical to the rustic, with many replicating stately home originals. Nathan James Dodd reviews the range of traditional planters for sale in the UK.
Following the fashions of ancient Greece to Victorian times, traditional stone planters range from highly ornate to elegantly understated pieces that are all superbly reproduced by craftsmen.
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You can categorise traditional planters into six different styles:
The circular Plaited Basket Planter is the perfect shape and size for any terrace or patio, as are the Herb and Flowered Basket planters, the latter featuring pretty haut-relief decoration. These contrast noticeably with the Gothic styles with leaf and ribbon moulding together with interlaced strapwork.
Maidford and Marlborough are fine examples of elegant cast stone bowls while the Byzantine Bowl Planter is much more stylised with mythical creatures amidst a very ornate design. A twelve sided Kensington bowl will have a completely different effect on the landscape than the Olympian bowl that, although inspired by ancient Greece will not look out of place in a contemporary environment.
The range stretches from the uncomplicated Belton design through the rather elaborate Victorian Trough and Support to the imposing Venetian and Adam Trough planters with their ostentatious embellishment. Along the way, there's the naturalistic Alpine and eastern inspired Arabesque styles.
There's a huge selection of urns, choose between the statuesque and finely decorated Vine, the more rotund Ascott and Regency (shown in the picture) inspired urns or the smoothly classical Olympian Urn. There's the contrasting Gothic and Florentine styles and many with traditional gadrooning including one based on a marble original at the Italianate chateau of Fontainebleau.
Again there is a vase to enhance any type of landscape. Simple elegance is exemplified by the Etruscan style and classic English design by the Sheraton and Shugborough vases. Far more elaborate is the floral Versailles Vase and the stunning fluted Winslow Vase. At opposite ends of the design spectrum are a functional Roman Vase and the rather grand Versailles vases.
Sure to make an impression is the Andalos Jardiniere that's twelve sided with Arabesque decoration. The Corredo is also hugely ornate inspired by a 16th century original, while the unobtrusive Elizabethan and Tudor designs feature attractive basketwork. The Ionian is another notable classical piece, so different to the mainly plain but shapely Roman and Scrolled jardinieres.
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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,
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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.