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.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
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.