In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights but now, as Robert Hall has discovered, there is a huge selection of novelty lights that can add brightness and fun to your celebrations.
All the signs are that Christmas will be copper coloured in 2015, with Nathan James Dodd seeing metallic hues, particularly copper, taking over from the traditional red and green decorations.
For anyone who wants to be on trend over this coming festive season, there is an impressive range of decorations reflecting richly vibrant copper in the GardenSite.co.uk Christmas collection.
Konstsmide are world famous for designing the most delightful illuminated Christmas decorations and their Copper Metal Candlestick is a contemporary take on a tremendously elegant design.
Such a beautiful object will decorate your table or mantelpiece in an understated and stylish manner, and the five bright candles can also welcome guests if placed in your window.
A Copper Flowers Light Set is another beautiful Christmas piece that can be positioned to wonderful effect on a table top or flat surface, each metal flower adding marvellous seasonal warmth.
Also from Konstsmide is the 24 Ball Light Set that looks fabulous in its own right and can also be arranged creatively with other decorations. As with the other products, this is battery operated with intense LEDs that makes the copper sparkle.
Hang the garlands on the wall or lay them as a centrepiece on the dining table, where they will magically twinkle and add glitz to the festivities.
This Christmas it's clear why copper decorations have increased in popularity, particularly as the metal has such exceptional qualities, an undoubted richness that has natural lustre.
With such an alluring russet appearance, brought to life by brilliant LEDs, it's no wonder that copper is in demand and on trend.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
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.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.