One For The Weekend

Noel au naturel

by Rhiannon James

If you fancy a change from glitz and glitter this Christmas, why not opt for the natural look. The great outdoors is packed with potential decorations at this time of year and many of them are lovely enough to hang straight on the tree.

Build a terracotta pot wall

by Rhiannon James

There’s no need to call a bricklayer or a carpenter if you want to build a wall for a raised bed. Using just terracotta pots and soil, you can make an unusual and very decorative wall yourself, which will also give you another space to grow edibles such as salad crops or herbs, or a changing display of cheerful flowers.

Put some life into your garden furniture: Pt 2

by Rhiannon James

Furniture featuring living plants has been a big hit at design shows in the last few years but you don’t have to splash out to get in on the trend. Using just a few simple materials, you can make this sleek side table which is perfect for squeezing a little extra greenery into a modern outdoor space.

Put some life into your garden furniture: Pt 1

by Rhiannon James

If there’s no space for both furnishings and flower pots on your balcony or terrace, why not combine the two by making some living, growing furniture. Our first project, a footstool planted with chamomile, is perfect for unwinding after a hard day’s work – just put your feet up, breathe in the calming scent of the plants and relax . . .

Create a container pond

by Rhiannon James

A pond is a great addition to the garden, but building one can involve some serious hard labour. So, if you’re short on time or space, ditch the digging and create a quick and easy container pond.

Tabletop Mountain: make a mini alpine planter

by Rhiannon James

With their delicate foliage and tiny, jewel-like flowers, alpines are proof that small is beautiful. They’re also a great choice for city gardens because they grow happily in containers, need hardly any maintenance and don’t require much watering once they’re established. You’ll usually find them planted up in stone troughs or old sinks but for something a little different, why not try a tabletop planter.

Do the double

by Rhiannon James

There’s no better place to grow herbs indoors than a sunny kitchen windowsill. The plants get all the light they need and you have a constant supply of deliciously fresh flavours on hand when you cook. There’s just one problem. To grow a good range of herbs is a bit of a squeeze on your […]