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.
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.
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.