The Orchard Blog

April 9, 2015

Using Planters & Pots In Your Garden

Filed under: Garden Pots — Mat @ 8:26 AM

Gardens can be made interesting when designed by separating into distinct areas or spaces. Such an approach can make a garden feel more like the rooms in a house where each is laid out differently.

Ceramic plant pots and containers can be a great way of doing this and provide much flexibility and versatility when you want to change things around. Here are some helpful tips to help you get your garden in shape ready for next year.

Use pots to define garden spaces

Arrange small-large sized pots into a cluster to either enclose a garden space or frame a view.

Create walkways through a space by placing pots of different shapes and sizes to provide a sense of enclosure; place pots on risers to make plants look taller and create height variation. Whichever type of garden space you want to create start with a corner. Making strong corners will make the space feel more like a room then you can connect the corners together to complete the space. (more…)

April 7, 2015

The Kew Royal Botanical Collection at The Orchard

Filed under: Garden Pots — Mat @ 7:00 AM

Named a world heritage site Kew Royal Botanical Gardens is a place where the world’s plant life is safeguarded and where the use of sustainable plants is promoted. The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew is a feast for the horticultural eye, with every plant you can imagine from humble Daffodils to more extravagant orchids and alpine plants. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew works with organisations from all over the world to preserve plant life for our future generations and also the Millennium Seed bank.

Kew Pots & Kew Planters At The Orchard

As some of the keenest gardeners and plants specialists in the world Kew have also licensed a range of garden accessories for those of us who like to dabble in our own little piece of paradise.  The Kew Gardens collection of garden pots and planters as stocked by The Orchard is a highly coveted range. The Kew pots are approved by the Royal Botanic Gardens and each one bears the Kew crest. (more…)

April 2, 2015

Sophie Conran At The Orchard

Filed under: Garden Accessories,Garden Pots,Gardening — Mat @ 9:37 AM

Just in time for Mothers Day saw the introduction of a brand new collection of garden tools to The Orchard from respected British garden tool manufacturers Burgon & Ball. Designed by Sophie Conran the new collection is for the lady who loves to garden whilst keeping one eye firmly on looking good whilst doing so!

About The Designer – Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran is not only a fantastic designer but is a working mum with two children.  She loves cooking and home life and interiors and has made it her work. Sophie takes her inspiration to do what she does from a childhood watching her rather, a designer and her mother cooking and baking in the kitchen, bringing together the blend of food and design you see in her work today.

Sophie believes in creating a family environment filled with warmth, simplicity and love. Her motto is: ‘One life, live it well’

Her latest products, known as “The Garden & Great Outdoors Collection” have been designed exclusively by Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball. Working in partnership with Burgon & Ball, Sophie has created a stunning collection of ergonomically advanced tools, gifts for gardeners and home accessories, specifically designed with the female hand in mind, along with unique pieces for those who love their home inside and out. (more…)

March 13, 2015

Beautiful Bird Feeders From Orchard’s Creature Comforts Range

Filed under: Bird Feeders,Bird Houses — Mat @ 8:43 AM

Creature Comforts

Spring really isn’t that far away, despite the cold winds whipping against the window as I type! We are huge lovers of outdoor living at The Orchard, personally having grown up in the countryside and now living in rural Leicestershire the Great British outdoors is dear to my heart.

When we first started The Orchard, items for the garden where part of our collections from day one, after all we are a nation of garden lovers. What we hadn’t quite estimated however was how many of you are bird lovers.

Year in, year out, season after season bird related items are best selling items time and time again. Thus with Spring firmly on our minds we wanted to share with you a little more about some of the great creature comforts The Orchard has to offer our feathered friends as they migrate back to our gardens as well as giving a little advice on what, how and when to feed them. (more…)

March 12, 2015

Marsala Wins Pantones Colour Of The Year 2015

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 8:03 AM

And the winner is….Marsala! Picked as the 2015 Colour of the Year by Pantone Marsala opens a world of possibilities when it comes to interiors.

Colour of the Year 2015 – Marsala

Impactful and full-bodied this statement colour can be used as a strong accent colour, feature colour, or to enhance an entire room. A versatile colour, Marsala makes a natural fit for any room in the house and can be a great accent when used for tabletops, small appliances and linens throughout the shabby chic home. Interior characteristics can also be enhanced when Marsala is applied to textured surfaces, making it ideal for rugs and upholstered furniture. (more…)

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