Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quick Sticks; GARDENING NEWS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quick Sticks; GARDENING NEWS

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Byline: PATTIE BARRON

Safely through border territory

How to guarantee a fabulous plant-packed bed or border, year round, that is free of weeds, too?

Invest in a planting-by-numbers kit that supplies everything except the plants themselves; you simply take the shopping list of plants to the garden centre or nursery.

The concept of garden designer Jane Hamblin, Bed in a Box comprises a template made from weed-suppressing black membrane that is pre-marked with numbers that correspond with the plants on the accompanying list; a maintenance guide is included.

You just cut out the holes in the template where indicated, put the plants in the soil, and

stand back, lost in admiration at your genius. And if you need advice on the border in the future, there is a free email advisory service.

Two kits are on offer, and there are plans for more: Roundelay is for a three-metre flowerbed with an open aspect, and suggests plants in gentle shades of blue, yellow, white, grey and a dash of red; Quartern, by contrast, is for a three-metre square quarter or corner flower bed with a sunny aspect and features spicier shades of pink, purple and magenta.

Bed in a Box usually costs [pounds sterling]90, including p& p, but readers of Homes & Property can buy it for [pounds sterling]75, including p& p, by calling 0870 742 7656 and quoting Homes & Property.

For more details, visit www.bedinabox.net.

Zinc bowls offer

If you plant lots of bulbs in pots at this time of year, consider using these zinc bowls, which look particularly good with blue muscari, dwarf daffodils, hyacinths (both indoor and bedding), crocuses and dwarf tulips. With wooden handles and a rustic French appeal, they are perfect candidates for a patio or terrace tabletop display.

Each bowl is 23cm in diameter, 9cm deep and normally costs [pounds sterling]6.75, plus [pounds sterling]4.95 p& p.

Readers of Homes & Property, however, can buy a set of three bowls for [pounds sterling]18.50, including p&p, thus saving [pounds sterling]6.70.

To order, call Gardenaria on 0870 446 0414, quoting Homes & Property Offer and with your credit card to hand You can see the Gardenaria range at www. …

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