Recycled products used with flair and imagination have been a leitmotif of this year’s flower shows. Kate Gould’s award-winning Chelsea garden, ‘The Wasteland’, featured a chair made from an old steel bath tub, and screens devised from shopping trolleys and mattress springs – materials that would otherwise have gone to land fill.
‘Lazing on a sunny afternoon’ -summer is the time for rest and a little self-indulgence. If you’re feeling the heat- chill out in these stylish chairs made for reclining in. They’ll add a touch of glamour to your outdoor space too.
Tempt the kids into the great outdoors by giving them a bit of garden to call their own. Tools and kits make growing fun and easy and it won’t be long before there’ll be all sorts of flowers, food and wildlife to enjoy.
Chelsea Flower Show’s centenary was a reminder that plundering the past can help to create a perfect look for today. So in honour of that occasion, we’ve taken a trip through time to find inspiration for the garden from the last 100 years.
The cold and wet weather might be casting a dampener on the start of the growing season but it does mean there’s plenty of time for a spring clean – here are some of our favourite ideas to help you to get organised both indoors and out.
Glowing pumpkins, hot soup, the whiff of gunpowder – you can’t beat the atmophere of an autumnal party in the great outdoors. And from Halloween to harvest, Diwali to Bonfire Night, there’s no shortage of reasons to get outside and celebrate.