The Orchard Blog

May 2, 2014

Beautiful Garden Ideas

Filed under: Garden Accessories — Mat @ 9:52 AM

We want our gardens to be in full bloom in time for summer. No matter the size of your outdoor space, your garden can be a beautiful sanctuary of colours, scents and textures. Your garden is a great way to embrace nature with flowers, shrubs and greenery and bring your own unique style, outside!

How Can You Create A Beautiful Outside Space With Garden Pots?

Not all of us are naturally green fingered but we all want to enjoy our time relaxing in our gardens. Garden Pots are a fantastic simple way to bring some rustic charm into your garden and are also a practical solution to gardening.

There are many ways you can use garden pots, including:

  • Steps – placing a pot on each step, even if you only have one or two, is a simple yet very effective way to make more of your steps. Use a dramatic flower such as Strelitzia (bird of paradise) to really catch the eye.
  • Collection or cluster – a cluster of pots in all shapes and sizes is a wonderful way to add an unusual feature in your garden. As your flowers or plants grow your feature will change-which is the true beauty of garden style.
  • Water feature – usually, when we think water feature, we think of a fountain or stream running through our garden. This season is a perfect time to think outside the box and use your pots, pitchers and watering cans to make a unique water feature. Try stacking your pots on different levels and let water overflow into each pot.
  • Larger pots –you can create standalone flowerbeds, containing a fern or grasses which moves with the strength of the wind. Trees can even be planted in large garden pots, as long as they are re-potted and their roots trimmed every year.
  • Vintage charm –Use antique iron and industrial materials for hanging baskets to bring a beautiful contrasting texture. The soft floral shades and movements of your flowers will look stunning against vintage objects. Try Fuchsias, which will hang beautifully. (more…)

April 18, 2014

Interior Meets Exterior in Garden Styling
















Gardens have always been the place we go during the warmer Spring and Summer months to chill out after a long day at work and where we entertain and BBQ on the weekends.

Now our Gardens are more and more an extension of our home and the interior design styles we love, with the exterior of our homes being as important as our interior, from shabby chic, french country, rustic, contemporary and modern styling all playing there part even in the great outdoors. Some of us are even making our interiors into exterior props for a truly styled garden.









This applies not only to those with the luxury of large gardens in an age where you’re lucky to get anything more than a small square of grass but also to those who only have the retreat of a balcony after a long hard day at the office.









It’s been interesting to see of late just how creative you can be with even the smallest of garden space.

For more inspiring gardens click here:

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For DIY garden projects:

To see our collection of shabby chic and rustic garden accessories and furniture click here:

April 13, 2014

Shabby Chic Garden Retreat

It’s been a gorgeous couple of days as far as the great British weather goes, the sun has been shining, you can feel the warmth on your back and the garden is starting to get hues of colour that shout that Spring is definitely here and maybe even Summer is around the corner.

I can’t believe that we even went as far as having our first BBQ of the year yesterday, if only to celebrate the start of some good weather it was well worth it.

It’s amazing how your thoughts run wild, especially after a glass or two of something chilled as to the big plans for designing the garden this year, maybe I’m a little late and I should have been planning this last October but it’s hard to imagine when you’re tucked up under a blanket in front of the fire that you need to brave the day and get planting those Spring and Summer bulbs during the Winter cold.

So after a couple more glasses it was decided with 3 dogs and a reasonably sized garden we would split it in two, the dogs can have their area to run around and we will create a slightly vintage, shabby chic style retreat with cosy outdoor lighting from candles and beds  full of colour, along with a few pots, what greater invitation to the great outdoors on your doorstep than this?

If I had to start putting my mood board together for the dream I think it would look a little like this….

The board says relaxed, rustic, with hints of shabby chic and a desire for natural light once the sun sets….watch this space for the finished design!

If you would like to get your hands on some of these great pieces to finish your garden masterpiece/retreat simply click on the below images:
















March 17, 2014

Passionate About Pots

Filed under: Garden Accessories — Laura @ 2:29 PM

Spring is on the way so now is the perfect time to think about planning your spring garden. You may have noticed the odd Daffodil popping up here and there which means Spring is most definitely under way so it won’t be long until your garden or outdoor area is full of vibrant colours and fresh floral scents.

If you are new or are an avid gardener there has never been a better time to get stuck in on a new garden project and Garden pots are a fantastic way to get your garden project going! Visit The Orchard Home and Gifts to find our wonderful collection of pots, wall hangers, pitchers, bowels, buckets, towers and large planters. (more…)

March 14, 2014

Love & Marriage

Well it’s another bright and crisp spring morning and I’m headed to the first part of my brother-in-laws wedding. I say first part as despite this being the official legal bit it is considered not to be the “real thing”. The “real thing” is actually taking place in May in Avignon France, making it so as this is when there will be the typically big wedding dress, a vast amount of guests, copious amounts of alcohol and food and lots of oooing and ahhhing over the bride, probably more so than the bride and groom.

So when did weddings get so big? When did it become just as big a deal for the guests as the bride and groom themselves to pick out that perfect frock, along with matching shoes and handbag, well for us girls at least.

It’s also a time when we ask the big question, what do we buy the newlyweds to mark their special day? How do we make sure our gift is enough and looks amazing without breaking the bank?

It seems more and more that couples now ask for money for that all important honeymoon, newly named the ‘trip of a lifetime’ before the pitter patter of tiny feet or before all their money if thrown into their dream home and they wonder when they’ll ever get a holiday quite like it before they hit retirement!

I’ve come to the thinking that despite requests for money sometimes it’s nice to find something a little different, something that they are likely not to already have and actually go down the traditional route of buying a gift. Probably that’s because I love the anticipation of opening a gift and wondering what’s inside.

At the Orchard we have a great range of gifts from the safe and traditional to the unusual, meaning there’s something for everyone when it comes to buying that all important wedding gift. Best of all we’ve got great gifts that won’t break the bank!

We’ve got an amazing range under £50, with this being just some of them – links to these items below

We also have a range for those wanting to spend more, wether it be on furniture, something for the home, something specifically hand made, gorgeous glasses for entertaining when the family come to dinner or outdoor elegance to make the garden a haven during those long Summer days and evenings when the BBQ is cooking up some scrummy delights.

Out of all these gorgeous gifts, which one will you pick?

Don’t forget the items that aren’t too big we will also gift wrap for you FREE of charge.


A parting thought….. What is Love?

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all – one known only by those who love.

Silver Plated Wine Glasses

Multi Frame in White

Rustic Teal Light Chandelier

Retro Kitchen Scales

Vintage Photo Frame in Antique White with Black Surround—antique-white


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