Zest 4 Leisure have always offered a popular range of timber garden furniture and this week at GLEE, the garden industry's leading trade show, David Coton had the opportunity to review their new products for 2018.
Many of you will have seen the latest episode of the popular ITV series 'Love Your Garden', but did you spot the three items that Robert Hall from GardenSite donated to help transform a Salford garden from wasteland to English cottage garden?
We hope you managed to tune in on 5th July to watch Episode 2 of Love Your Garden on ITV, although if you didn't, it's available to catch up and watch on demand or via ITV's website online.
Before the team arrived, Rita and Betty Mills' garden was an ugly concrete yard, described as 'dull, boring and soulless, not a garden at all'.
The task for Alan Titchmarch and his team was to transform this paved wasteland into somewhere that reflected the twins' bright and bubbly personality.
Although in the middle of a city, Alan decided against a contemporary urban theme, the sisters would better appreciate a colourful cottage style garden that was easy to access and manage.
GardenSite was pleased to donate a selection of garden structures to the show in order to makeover Rita and Betty's garden, and as you can see the final design looks absolutely stunning! If you're interested in recreating the look yourself, read on for more information about the key products in this episode.
Informal, with a wide variety of plants and quirky features was the plan and, right in the middle, Alan decided to place an Horizon Garden Arch. Adding height and structure, he described the arch as the 'small garden's secret weapon'.
This is an attention-grabbing feature from Zest4Leisure with trellis sides and a pergola style timber roof over which climbing plants such as clematis and honeysuckle can be trained.
The arch is particularly effective placed over a path when anyone passing through will appreciate the plants' lovely scent and colour.
Taking inspiration from across the channel, the Versailles Garden Bench was a perfect seating choice.
Replicating wrought iron, it has an elegant design finished in either antique bronze or cream.
A cotton cushion can be added for extra comfort and other furniture from the same range completes a lovely dining set.
The bench, which is manufactured by Gablemere, can also be cleverly folded and compactly stored.
An Economy Potting Table is perfect for the elderly twins who find bending down rather difficult.
This is another well built Zest4Leisure product that is practical as well as good-looking.
Alan chose it to display potted plants but, when used for sowing and potting, there is edging to prevent any compost from falling off the generously sized table top and a handy shelf underneath for pots and related items.
The end result was a dull back yard totally revitalised by swathes of informal colourful planting held together by structural interest, and GardenSite was pleased to play a part in such a fabulous garden transformation.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
With Storm Caroline reeking havoc many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.