Whether you have a small courtyard, a patio or a sprawling country garden here’s TheHouseDirectory.com‘s guide to how garden ornaments create impact in your outdoor space. Planters magically soften hard landscaping. Garden structures – obelisks, rose arches and trellis – add height and variety. Statuary or sculpture become a focal point. And whether you choose a unique Edwardian sun shelter, a Pavilion, a Roman ruin, or even special lighting to add atmosphere at night, you can enhance your garden’s appeal throughout the year.
We know gardeners are often keen to find new ways to introduce form and variety to gardens, so we are really pleased this month to be featuring Tulip, Bronzino’s new range of planters. These beautifully shaped pots are a great way to update a terrace or roof garden and are equally as decorative indoors. They come in a range of finishes (copper, brass in bronze, grey or green) and custom sizes. All Bronzino’s planters are hand-made from sheets of copper, brass or zinc, creating strong but light products that weather well. www.bronzino.co.uk
Established 30 years ago by interior designer Annie Eadie, the elegant and durable Heveningham Collection includes dining furniture, armchairs, stools, tables, chaise longues and swing seats. The range now extends to beds, children’s chairs, trellis, Versailles tubs, obelisks and candlesticks. You can find the Heveningham Collection in some of the most exclusive hotels worldwide including The Sandy Lane in Barbados, The Connaught, Claridges and the Lime Wood in Hampshire. The collection is consistently specified by many of the foremost interior designers internationally. www.heveningham.co.uk
As an interior designer, Rose Uniacke is known for understated design in impeccable taste. Individuality is expressed by the RU ranges of upholstered furniture, tables, fabrics and lighting. New to the collection is a unique selection of antique and RU garden ornaments and statuary, including this pair of Terracotta Garden Pots by Archibald Knox, manufactured by Carter & Co for Liberty & Co, with Celtic inspired relief decoration and stamp mark inside rim. England, early 20th century. www.roseuniacke.com
Redwood Stone are renowned as suppliers of delightful follies and ruins in both Gothic and Tuscan styles. Items in their range can be reconfigured to a client’s specifications. Redwood Stone have created garden structures including potting sheds, garden rooms, outdoor kitchens, tennis pavilions, pool houses, and even a working Roman bath and spa. Prestigious projects include structures for private, hotel and public gardens around the world, often working with designers to turn concepts into reality. Redwood Stone also offer a complete design and build package. www.redwoodstone.com
A Place in the Garden specialise in unique zinc planters and decorative objects, earning five-star awards from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Their Leaf Ball Water Feature (pictured) which was launched at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show would make a striking focal point to a courtyard or garden, with its contemporary 90cm ball featuring a subtle leaf design contrasting with the octagonal base. Each piece is hand made using a traditional process involving dipping objects in molten zinc. www.aplaceinthegarden.co.uk
From wirework window boxes to rose arches and gazebos, Garden Requisites have a range of wirework structures made in the traditional manner, drawn from 19th century designs. Arches, canopies, porches, trellis panels, window boxes and garden structures – all made from woven wirework lattice. There are also planters and woven mesh fire screens, designed and manufactured in their workshops near Bath. Garden Requisites have a made-to-measure service and deliver nationwide. Pictured, Aldourie Castle on the shores of Loch Ness with Rose Arch, Trellis and an Octagonal Wirework Garden Pavilion. www.garden-requisites.co.uk
Holloways is an excellent source for an eclectic range of antique garden ornament. The statue of Autumn (pictured) is a mid 19th century composition stone figure from the renowned London workshop of Felix Austin and John Seeley. Suppliers to the gentry and even Queen Victoria herself, Austin pioneered the development of quality garden statuary in ‘artificial stone’, much of which survives today in remarkably good condition. Autumn is one of Austin & Seeley’s set of four seasons, depicted in an advert in 1858. She is missing the lower part of her right arm and was once painted in silver, perhaps to look like lead, but only traces of this remain. The quality of the statue is evident, especially around her beautiful head and face. www.hollowaysgardenantiques.co.uk
Architectural Heritage specialise in period style garden ornaments and statuary, including water features, and a classic range of furniture for the garden. Their new, handmade Courtyard Copper Garden Planter has a rolled edge and is completely watertight. This Verdigris container is a client-driven design to meet the demand for Verdigris ornaments and planting vessels. Available in sizes from small to very large, Architectural Heritage is also happy to undertake bespoke commissions. Members of BADA (British Antique Dealers Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antique Dealers). www.architectural-heritage.co.uk
Introduce some stylish shade with The Stripes Company’s Edwardian Garden Sun Shelters. The design of these sun shelters dates from the 1900s and will help you to instantly create a feel-good retro vibe in your back garden. Easy to erect, 100% cotton and with a colourful bobble fringe, Sun Shelters are available in a variety of striped designs and can be combined with one of The Stripes Company’s director’s chairs or deck chairs as featured in our May blog. www.thestripescompany.com
Cressida & Rose design and manufacture exquisite collections of garden sculpture, planters and outdoor lighting. Produced in the UK by a team of trusted suppliers, many products can be supplied in bespoke finishes, The Versailles Planter is a timeless design produced in aluminium and ‘Zintec’ (zinc coated steel), with solid brass or painted accents. It can be used for specimen and miniature fruit trees and is available in standard size 77cm long x 77cm wide by 75cm high or custom widths and lengths to order. www.cressidaandrose.com
Since 1969 Westland London have been specialists in antique chimneypieces and fine architectural antiques. They also stock an eclectic mix of garden statuary and ornaments including fountains, birdbaths, urns, gates, columns, garden furniture and lighting, in addition to statuary and carvings in stone, marble, cast iron and wood. Featured is an early 20th century large lead garden figure of a Naiad, a water nymph, seated on a rocky outcrop. Naiads in Greek mythology were water spirits who presided over fresh-water fountains, wells, springs, streams and brooks, made in England circa 1910. www.westlandlondon.com
Although lighting is not a garden ornament, it Is an essential tool to enhance your garden. With a well-designed lighting scheme, your eye will be drawn to the illuminated features and the feeling of space will expand to include the area surrounding your home. A garden can appear magical at night by simply lighting a few carefully chosen plants or ornaments. Specialists John Cullen recommend spiked garden lights such as the Kew and Hampton which can be moved as planting grows, or Lucca uplights or the hanging Starlighter, which makes patterns as it moves in the breeze. www.johncullenlighting.com
This is the second part of a two-part feature. Read last month’s blog here: Outdoor Furniture for 2021 and Beyond.
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