Welcome to the Gardenesque Press Office
Welcome to the Gardenesque Press Office
Following the principles of the historic gardenesque movement, our gardenware products encompass style and practicality, designed to accentuate the natural beauty of any outdoor space. Gardenesque is based on three key values: discovery, showcasing and naturalism, to provide gardeners with the simplest extraction of new ideas combined with traditional concepts, to bring horticultural beauty into homes and gardens, regardless of size and location.
Extending the season for autumn-loving gardeners
Looking forward to autumn, it’s one of the loveliest times to be a gardener. The beauty of plants; their shapes, their foliage, and their natural colours, can be classed as a form of art this season. There is a whole other world of gardening possibilities after summer flowers have faded, your garden can still be enjoyed with planted container displays. And once the sun goes down, the enjoyment can continue by creating an al fresco lounge space– an extension of your home where you can relax and socialise. We take a look at how you can create the finest autumn displays and extend the season for friends and family.
Potscaping, quite simply, is landscaping with pots. This element is often used in garden design and is ideal for smaller gardens where a focal point or impact is needed. Potscaping also offers an easy way to add colour to a home’s exterior without digging or weeding in flower borders. By grouping large containers by different sizes, and different colours, powerful and colourful displays can be achieved easily and effectively throughout autumn.
We recommend that you choose containers that are different sizes but complement each other in terms of shape, design and material. Our range of large terracotta pots is the ideal material to consider for a cottage garden. Why not plant in our Julius XXL Planter which is available in three sizes, evoking a romantic and traditional feel with its autumn colours palette, filled with heucheras and seasonal blooms gently swaying in the breeze with bees and butterflies drifting delicately from planter to planter.
Great potscaping also means turning ordinary plantings into extraordinary ones. Always follow the Thriller, Filler and Spiller method for the wow factor in your potscape. Great plant displays include a “thriller,” a tall plant usually with strong colour and structure, a “filler,” plants that fill the space hiding the soil and a “spiller” that cascades over the rim of the pot.
We love using focal shrubs in the Ancient Collection Extra Large Glazed Plant Pot like cordyline with its bright, spiky foliage. Dwarf conifers with their erect, evergreen sprays are ideal to add height, whilst ornamental grasses add movement and structure. The statuesque stems and red hot Kniphofia, under-planted with autumn bedding, perennials and small shrubs will guarantee to illuminate any potscape.
Fire it up
As the weather cools and the nights draw in, it’s time to get your garden, yard or patio into shape as you embrace the autumn evenings. An outdoor fire pit is the latest must-have accessory for your garden and ideal for evening socialising with friends and family. Whether it be a wood-burning fire pit or gas fire pit, it provides the perfect finishing touch to your alfresco area.
We stock a large array of wood fire pits that are ideal for adding an outdoor hot spot. Our Hoole Tintagel Steel Fire Pit With Stand is a traditional fire bowl that will transform your garden into a relaxation destination and can be used all year round to provide a comfortable ambience in the cooler evenings.
There’s something for everyone this autumn, no matter what your outdoor setting is. You can use fire pits for staying warm, or even to cook your food. And, even better, it provides a focal point, something to arrange your chairs around as your gathering strays into the evening.
The Wakehurst Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplace is a show-stopping hub, ideal for a larger gathering that involves corner or benches seating. If you have a smaller outdoor space, the Hoole Ember Steel Chiminea is a sleek metal fire piece that allows you to extend the party into the evening.
Even on the colder days, a gas fire pit will ensure your back garden is not out of bounds. Installing a fire pit that runs gas will provide heat in an instant. The Grey Concrete Round Premium Outdoor Gas Fire Pit With Lava Rock is a crowd-pleaser with its modernistic look, whilst being easy and safe to use and requiring very little maintenance.
Once you’ve installed your brand new fire pit, you can enjoy its benefits not just in autumn but all year long, giving your outdoor space a new lease of life. The impressive heat the flames give off provides all the warmth you need regardless of the season. Perfect for those winter nights - Halloween, Bonfire night, even a Christmas or New Year toast, your new fire pit will be ever-present in your life.
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How to make the most of the summer bank holiday in a small garden
Did you know that in urban Britain, the average garden size for consumers aged 25-44 years old is 12m²?*
Outdoor spaces in towns and cities tend to be in smaller spaces and are cleverly designed so that they work well for everyday life. Space is important so contemporary, urban gardens consist of clean, geometric lines, simple but effective designs and minimal, fuss-free planting.
We have put together a guide for the summer bank holiday with some small garden design ideas so you can make the most of the plot or balcony that you have for the long weekend.
Where space is at a premium, a pot is a great way of adding the option to grow. They are particularly useful for those that have patios or decking that make it hard to dig down. Container gardening is also great for the generation of house movers who can simply pick up the pots and move on.
Planting in lots of different sized containers can give your garden a sense of perspective. Cluster large pots with smaller containers to add interest and create a plant display with height and structure. Why not try our Orson Cylinder Terracotta Planters with evergreen shrubs such as box balls, skimmias, hebes, and ivy which will contrast against the planter’s earthy tone or colourful shrubs in our Loudon Glazed Planters to create a statement against walls or beside doors.
Using a planter is an ideal way to add greenery to your space, no matter how small. A vertical garden is a simple way to transform your small outdoor spaces while boosting shade, beauty, and privacy.
There are several vertical gardening options to consider if your humble garden is space-challenged. Our Decorative Metal Garden Arch With Feather Design can provide the support needed for flowering plants and vines or if you are a grow your own enthusiast - peas, grapes, and tomatoes.
Or another small garden idea is to plant climbers in raised beds and train on trellises to make the most of the space. Jasmine and roses are both easy plants to grow and will provide delightful colours and scents.
A great way to maximise plant space is to create a living wall which is particularly apt for smaller garden plots. Plant our range of Metal Wall Planters with evergreens, hardy perennials, grasses and succulents to create great displays hanging from a wall or fence outdoors.
Summer of love
Gardens are now seen as the fifth room of the house with garden furniture sales soaring and providing an extra living room in the summer sun. If you don’t have a big space in your garden you can still make a functional and beautiful seating area for everyday enjoyment. If you want to create a relaxing seating area for your small garden, foldaway furniture or a little table won't take up too much of the patio and garden space.
The Repton Wooden Grey Garden Love Seat folds down and is the perfect size for patio and terrace spaces, coming in a cool grey, natural wood tone for a beautiful, unique finish. Our Richmond Round Garden Dining Table and Chairs Set is contemporary in style and the table is 1m in size.
Divide into zones
A trick in landscape design is to divide a garden into zones to make the overall space seem larger. Using structures like arches and trellises works well, with our Decorative Songbird Garden Arch beautifully framing entrances and walkways or providing a classic divide for different spaces.
Using bamboo screens, hedging, and metal screening will make the garden feel bigger because you can’t see everything in one go and areas have been concealed. This could include a dedicated area for seating distinguished by a patio or decking, a play area marked with turf or a bench in a secluded area. Using partitions to create different areas will help add interest to your garden, whilst adding an illusion of more space.
Light and reflection
If your small garden doesn't get much sun, we recommend something to lighten up the dark corners and define the boundary of the space. Installing a mirror along a garden wall or fence will reflect both the plant foliage and the sky, creating the illusion of a bigger and extra space. An oversized antique mirror-like our St Simon Large Garden Window Mirror will not only add visual interest but make the space feel bigger.
Outdoor lighting plays a significant role in the appearance of your garden, creates a sense of depth and highlights architectural features at dusk. Use our LED Solar Spotlights to uplight plants and bushes or our 200 LED Solar String Lights to highlight trees or emphasise the height and silhouettes of garden structures.
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