Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seats, Shoots and Leaves; Gardening Spring Is Nearly Sprung and Pattie Barron Offers a Range of Ideas to Get You Back out in the Garden

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seats, Shoots and Leaves; Gardening Spring Is Nearly Sprung and Pattie Barron Offers a Range of Ideas to Get You Back out in the Garden

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Byline: PATTIE BARRON

Best way to watch from the bench

The Adirondack chair is a great and timeless shape, with easy contours that suggest an invitation to relax and enjoy the landscape. More usually seen in weathered wood, it has been reinvented by Woodlodge as a two-seater bench and painted bright poppy red to make it even more covetable.

The Relax bench, from the New England range, is made from sustainably managed plantation teak and, if the shade of poppy is too vibrant for your taste, it is also available in a white- or grey-satin finish. All the fixtures and fittings are in stainless steel. The bench costs [pounds sterling]813, but readers can buy it for [pounds sterling]731.70, plus [pounds sterling]20 delivery charge. The New England range, from Encompass, also includes a single-seater rocking chair and footstool, which you can buy at a 10 per cent discount. For details of how to take advantage of these offers, see Homes & Property with tonight's main editions of the Evening Standard. To see a wide variety of outdoor furniture, visit encompassco.com. Offer ends 12 April.

THE PINK PLANTER

Supermarket herbs and paintbox-bright polyanthus would look equally good in a trio of pink planters, adding a springtime splash to an indoor windowsill or patio table. Made of galvanised aluminium and set into a tray of the same durable material, the pots are 10cm square, 10cm high and powder-coated in bright pink. The planter set is [pounds sterling]2.99 from Woolworths; for your nearest stockist, call 01706 862789.

Time to send in the crowns

A humdrum Tiarella turns into a queen of perennials when topped with a crown.

You might want several, not only to embellish pots, but also to use as training frames for small evergreens. Imagine a box bush of Buxus suffruticosa clipped within the crown's silhouette to resemble green velvet. …

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