Written by Andy -
Published on Thursday, 16th of August, 2018.
Updated on Tuesday, 16th of May, 2023
Some of the products used within the garden makeovers have been donated to the show by ourselves at GardenSite, whilst many other items featured, including arches, garden furniture, pergolas, log cabins and water features are available to buy online direct from us, letting you recreate the design and focal points within your own outdoor space.
In this blog post, we explore our top garden products and favourite structures that have been used on the love your garden TV show by Alan and his team, throughout the shows lengthy history.
Flower circle arch
Urban and contemporary garden structures from Grange have been widely featured on the show, although the most popular, and one of our favourites is the flower circle. Crafted from high-quality, planed timber, merging modern metal pins, the flower circle arch will introduce clean lines and innovative style into your garden. It's not uncommon to have a series of flower circles in a row one after another, perhaps encompassing a pathway, or used in a stately garden for commercial events as a backdrop for weddings.
Urban garden arch
In a further episode on 19 July 2016, another uncared for garden became an animal centred haven. The garden was quite long and not very wide so a Grange urban garden arch was used to divide it into different sections with separate themes. A bench was placed underneath the arch where the owner could rest and admire the team's handiwork.
The planed timber is pressure treated for protection against wood rot, and this is an arch that should find a place in most gardens that have stylishly modern ambitions.
A traditional garden pergola from the brand Grange was also installed made from pressure treated wood with sturdy uprights and cross bearers. Part of an extensive range of pergolas, it provided a shaded area where children can play outside but away from the damaging glare of intense sunlight.
Additionally, in the same episode, a set of outdoor furniture was introduced to bring the comfort of the home out into the garden. There's now an impressive range of all weather sofas, tables and chairs to choose from on GardenSite to let you do the same, made from quality materials that are UV resistant and do not deteriorate. This fabulous furniture has the effect of extending your living space and fully utilising your garden.
In another episode on 26 July 2016, a tired old garden shed was replaced with an attractive and multi-functional Connor summerhouse from Rowlinson which offers opportunities for both storage and leisure, adding both style and practicality in one package. The summerhouse solved two problems at the same time as this contemporary building can be used for both storage and leisure. Garden tools and equipment may be safely deposited behind closed doors in one area, while the other open section is perfect for relaxation.
While highly practical, the summerhouse is also very smart with tongue and groove cladding and a louvre side panel. The lockable doors feature a large port hole window that lets through plenty of light, so this area has many other uses such as a hobby room. Unfortunately, the Connor summerhouse model has now been discontinued, but you can still find a growing selection of summerhouses and log cabins in many different styles to offer you the chance of making the most of your outdoor space.
A log cabin became the focal point of a wheelchair bound subject, a social hub for dining and entertaining, as well as offering a storage area for gardening equipment. As was emphasized, log cabins can also be the ideal place for hobbies and a range of other activities that get you away from domestic distractions.
Raised planters and fire pit
The same programme emphasised why raised beds are a boon to anyone who cannot for any reason bend while tending their garden. So multiple Rowlinson 4ft x 4ft raised planters were installed in order that fresh vegetables could be picked for the kitchen from the home owner's wheelchair. Easy to assemble, the timber is pressure treated against rot and can be stained or painted.
The garden was completed with a traditional timber framed greenhouse and a fire pit, the Moho by La Hacienda (pictured above) to be exact, containing blazing logs around which people can gather and stay warm on cool evenings. Weather resistant, the pit develops a film of rust that protects it against corrosion.
Haven corner arbour
A combination of hard and soft landscaping brought a little piece of Nepal to an ex-Gurkha's English garden that lacked privacy and was awkwardly shaped. One more element that had to be taken into account was that the owner suffered from post-traumatic stress, so for the 12 July 2016 episode Alan and his team set about creating a tranquil garden that was easy to negotiate and contained many references to his home land.
Water had to be an important element, a crystal clear reminder of the streams that cascade through the Himalayas. Butyl rubber was used as a waterproofing material, this is long lasting and ideal for the job but not very attractive, so it was only appropriate that stones that could have fallen from a mountain side were laid to hide it from sight.
The owner's wife needed a quiet place to pray and, with paint and stencils, a Rowlinson haven corner arbour was remodelled as a brightly coloured prayer house. Perfect to maximize space, this arbour featured at Gardeners' World Live and fits neatly into a corner, providing both shelter and shade.
So that the family could enjoy eating outside, a dining space was created that had a colourful Kathmandu street market theme. A pergola was erected over the area and covered with different coloured acrylic panels, this meant that when the sun shone a wonderful kaleidoscope effect appeared below.
Finally, a curved bench was installed in a seating area surrounded by rhododendrons and other lush green Himalayan plants, so that the tranquil garden could be admired while listening to the trickling stream.
Horizon garden arch
In Salford on 5 July 2017, GardenSite was pleased to donate a selection of garden structures to the show so that a 'dull, boring and soulless' wasteland could be turned into a classic English country garden that was easy to access and manage. The plan for the garden was informal, with a wide variety of plants and, right in the middle, Alan decided to place an horizon garden arch, painted in a sky grey-blue colour finish.
Adding height and structure, he described the arch as the 'small garden's secret weapon'. It's an attention grabbing feature 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 so that anyone passing through will appreciate the plants' lovely scent and colour.
A potting table was also used, perfect for the elderly owners who found bending rather difficult. This is another well built product by the wood product manufacture Zest 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.
Tranquillity sphere spill fountain
On 28 June 2016 the team also helped a 90 year old ex-land girl from Hull who could still go dancing but, after a lifetime's love of gardening, now found it physically too challenging. Because she was also an avid bird watcher, a tranquillity sphere spill fountain is now located in her garden.
Crafted from fine cast stone by manufacturer's Massarelli in the United States, it will attract birds to drink and bathe while filling the garden with the relaxing sight and sound of flowing water. Complete with a pump and cable, this feature has everything you need to introduce a touch of elegance to your garden landscape.
Tranquil spills fountain
In a different episode, another water feature was featured with a very similar name to the one above, this time being the 'tranquil spills', instead of the 'tranquility sphere spill'. Although the product name is very similar, the two designs are dramatically different, with the latter offering a more Oriental-inspired style and an array of three water spills inside a large 95cm wide circle.
Made from glass fibre reinforced concrete with the appearance of natural stone, the very distinctive tranquil spills can be a focal point or centrepiece on your patio or decking or anywhere in the garden. When people say "I want that circle water feature from love your garden" - this is the one they're referring too!
In another episode, to reflect the owner's love of ballroom dancing, a circular 'dance floor' was constructed below a carousel pergola also from Grange. This introduced height into the garden and could be decorated with lights or even a chandelier to add extra interest.
Not only will the pergola be an elegant centrepiece for the garden, but it can also be used as a canopy to erect over a seating, dining, or relaxation area for ultimate enjoyment. This pergola uses circular curves to create a unique-looking garden structure that stands out from regular square or rectangular designs. The classic look which features top overhanging beams and a star-like centre helps to reflect the natural shapes in your garden.
There we have it, our favourite selection of products as seen on the ITV love your garden TV programme. So if you're looking to buy one of the featured items yourself, you can do so online with GardenSite and replicate the makeover in your own garden.
Katie round picnic table
In the Love Your Garden episode at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Alan and the team undertook a huge, yet highly rewarding renovation in the outside area, providing a tranquil place for NHS staff to take a well deserved break, and for patients and visitors to take a breaths of fresh air.
For this episode, GardenSite donated a handful of picnic benches, the Katie round picnic table by Zest to be exact. Each picnic table caters for up to four people at a time, with a round table top that's perfect for enjoying a drink or refreshment outside of the hospital facility.