Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CHELSEA'S LATEST; as Ever, the Flower Show Was Full of Fresh Schemes to Help Keen Gardeners with Planting and Decoration

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CHELSEA'S LATEST; as Ever, the Flower Show Was Full of Fresh Schemes to Help Keen Gardeners with Planting and Decoration

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Byline: Pattie Barron

OUTDOOR bean bags stashed in colourclashing piles proved irresistible to shoppers at Chelsea. In seven luscious shades, the Big Boy lounger, measuring 180cm by 145cm, is waterproof and UV fade-resistant.

The outer cover can be removed for machine-washing -- a separate inner cover keeps all those polystyrene balls intact -- and it can be hung to dry. Each bag costs [pounds sterling]159, but Homes & Property readers can enjoy the special Chelsea Flower Show price of [pounds sterling]114, including p& p by calling 020 8504 9082, or visiting www.outdoorbeanbag.com and quoting code 777; offer ends on 17 June.

Planters to dazzle Transform the patio wall with neonbright planters that look great even when empty. Garden designer Jamie Dunstan showed the urban take on hanging baskets at the PSI Nursery Garden. Responding to high demand at the show, stainless steel manufacturers S3i Ltd (www.s3i.co.uk; 01302 714513) are starting a speedy production line and should have planters ready to buy within the month. At around [pounds sterling]200 each, expect them to be durable and corrosion-resistant. Send your email details now to info@s3i.co.uk and S3i will let you know when they're ready to take your order. Those lacework metal chairs? From www.gomodern.co.uk.

Walls that live Living walls, pioneered by botanist Patrick Blanc, are filtering down from hotels and public parks to urban gardens. Low-maintenance and insulating, the vertical garden is set to stay and designer Ian Dexter showed a stylish solution to a bare wall in his front garden, one of four, for Marshalls Living Street. To offset the hard lines of the house's architecture, he planted the wall in diagonal swathes, using groups of airy grasses and perennials such as foamflower and London pride to add further movement when the wind blows. For similar ready-planted walls with their own irrigation system, contact www.livingwalls.com.

Bug homes Wildlife-friendly gardens messy? On the Future Nature Garden, Ark Design Management showed how you can have just one pitstop for bugs. The insect tower, a kind of high-rise apartment block for wildlife knocked together from fencing, provides diverse habitats created by stacking bamboo canes, old CD covers, slate strips, egg boxes and other recycled materials. …

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