Evie, Fire Pits, Garden Design, Make over

cosy autumn nights

Although summer garden parties are now a fond distant memory, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the most comfortable time of year outside in your garden. We’ve handpicked a selection of items designed to transform your outdoor space into a cosy place of sanctuary that you can enjoy, even during the Autumn nights.

You may be thinking, “Garden furniture? What about the rain?” but that is precisely why I have selected Teak furniture as this month’s bench of choice. Known for durability and its strength to withstand extreme weather conditions, teak furniture is ideal for anyone who seeks a comfortable bench with very little maintenance required. 

Due to its durability, teak is unlikely to suffer from rotting, termites, and many other damaging wood conditions. In fact, choosing teak with high quality wood and a high oil content is set to be your greatest investment all year. Warm and golden in colour, a teak bench is an Autumn garden essential, and usually big enough for nearly the whole family to share. Of course, if you’d like to give your teak bench more protection, you can opt for a furniture cover during non-use.

Does anything scream Autumn like toasting marshmallows by the fire? The best part is, you don’t need a big bonfire to do it. Let the natural elements keep you warm outside this Autumn with an outdoor fire pit. In cast iron, this classic firebowl ties in traditional tones with hard-wearing construction. Whether it’s the warmth you like, or simply the sound of the fire crackles as the wood burns, a firebowl is guaranteed to set the mood for your Autumn garden. 

It wouldn’t be a cosy evening without fluffy blankets now would it? It’s time to get the kettle on and wrap up under a big woven throw while you enjoy the crisp fresh air. Many gardeners will say, Autumn and Winter is when you work hard in your garden but Summer is when you get to enjoy it. With these additions, you can enjoy it all year round.

With Autumn, comes darker nights. Don’t let poor visibility stop you from getting outside and enjoying this season. Light up your garden into a magical magnificence with luxurious outdoor lighting. You could place these above your garden bench, by your back door, or even perfectly placed along your walkway. If traditional styles are to your taste, popular lighting options include decorative wall lights, stylish lamp posts, and glowing pedestal lights. Whereas, a favourite amongst modern gardeners are sparkling string lights and eye-catching hanging lanterns.

Shop the look:

Oxford 4 Seat Bench Teak Furniture

Cast Iron Rust Finish Fire Bowl

Hyde Park Outdoor Wall Lantern

Lifestyle Throws & Blankets

 

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Evie at PrimroseEvie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

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Garden Design, Gardening, Gary, New Products, Planters

There are a lot of different planters out there, with styles to match every garden design and climate. With so much choice it can be hard to know what to buy; a stone planter may look nice but might be too heavy, a zinc planter may give you the sleek look you want, but not be strong enough. If you are looking for a catch-all planter material we would recommend you consider Fibrecotta. 

Fibrecotta Planter in Garden
Fibrecotta Planter in Garden

 

What is it ?

Fibrecotta is a compound material made from layering cellulose fiber and clay with fiberglass. Once shaped, the finished material is then set, rather than fired. This manufacturing process leaves very little waste when compared to other materials and because it is set rather than fired it is more environmentally friendly.

Why Fibrecotta?

Lightweight –  Fibrecotta is a lightweight material that lets you easily position even large planters wherever you want in your garden.

Durable  – Because of their fiberglass content, Fibrecotta is a strong material that can cope with everything the weather can throw at it. Importantly, it is frost resistant so you can leave the planter out all year. It will also not corrode with the natural acids and alkalis in the soil.

Easy drainage – Like it’s heavier cousin, Terracotta, Fibrestone is porous, meaning that water will naturally filter through the planter providing you with drainage without having to drill holes.    

Good for soil – the porous walls of this planter not only allow for easier drainage, but they have a great effect on the soil too. As the water drains it takes the soils naturally present minerals with it helping your plant to thrive

Ages naturally – The passing of minerals through the planter means that it ages at the same rate as Terracotta. If you are looking for a planter that matures alongside your garden, Fibrecotta is the ideal choice. 

There are many benefits to planters made of this material. Not only is durable, lightweight and good for your plants, but it comes in many shapes and colours. Sound like the type of planter for you? Shop the range now at primrose.co.uk.

Set of terracotta coloured Fibrecotta planters from Primrose.co.uk

 

Gary at PrimroseGary works in the Primrose product loading team, writing product descriptions and other copy. With seven years as a professional chef under his belt, he can usually be found experimenting in the kitchen or sat reading a book.

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Evie, Garden Design

Garden Furniture Rattan

Interior Design Meets Outdoor Living

Designing the home and garden has taken on a whole new dimension this year as enthusiasts bring their interior style, outdoors. With a rise in popularity: garden sofa sets, patio rugs, and waterproof cushions are bringing a modern twist on traditional garden style this summer.

Garden Furniture RattanAs the garden party season is fast approaching, the entertainment value of owning a sofa set in your back garden is most certainly a luxury not only for you, but for your guests too. Just landed on the Primrose website is the Sherborne collection by Asha. Made from PE Rattan, this material is mould, UV, and weather resistant.

 


Grow Your Own Fruit & Vegetables

Growing your own is a trend that I can’t see leaving anytime soon, and rightfully so. There is great pleasure to be had in growing your own fruit and vegetables, especially when you get to devour them on your dinner plate or gift them to family and friends once harvested. From raised bed patio planters, mini greenhouses, or windowsill “grow your own” kits, there are many options available for everyone to get involved, no matter how big or small your garden is.

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Multisensory Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

Creating a sensory immersive experience in your garden through plants is a trend on the rise. Garden enthusiasts are increasingly using horticultural texture, colour, and fragrance as core factors to delight the senses in their outdoor designs.

Herb Garden

Multisensory outdoor spaces encourage individuals to interact with nature, and they are especially great for children to explore. There are also therapeutic elements to this gardening style, with sensory meditation proven to be beneficial for our wellbeing and mental health.

A few of my favourite methods to engage the senses include planting bunches of fragrant lavender, bold and blooming hydrangeas, or aromatic herb gardens.

 


The Bee-Kind Pollination Promise

90% of all plants require cross pollination from bees and insects to reproduce and thrive. A third of the world’s food sources are dependent on pollination. So whilst bees and other pollinating insects have been in decline for a number of years, the disappearance of these crucial animals will directly impact the human race and our survival. It is our duty to help these insects just as much as they help us.

Bumblebee

A bee travels from flower to flower feeding on its nectar, it transports pollen from plant to plant as it sticks to the tiny hairs on the insect’s body. Planting bee friendly plants in your garden will attract and encourage cross-pollination and aid the survival of bees in your local area.

Head Gardener of The National Trust’s Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Amanda Thackeray says: “When the golden marjoram is in flower in high summer, the entire borders seem to be humming. Our globe thistles are bee magnets too.” It has since been recorded that seven different species of bumble bee have been sighted at Wordsworth House. What bumblebee species have you sighted in your garden?

 Popular bee-friendly plants include:

Back to Basics – Relax & Unwind in the Great Outdoors

Child in Hammock

A trend perfect for those who struggle to switch off! As many of us now lead such busy lives with technology connecting us here, there and everywhere, converting your outdoor space into an idyllic setting is a trend thriving this year. As wellbeing and health trends rise in popularity, yoga and mindfulness have become techniques used by millions to relax and unwind. What better location to practice your warrior yoga pose or quietly read a book than outside in your own sunny back garden?

 

Primrose recommends comfortable hammocks as the ideal way to soak up some sunshine in the great outdoors. Simply roll out your hammock from its easy storage bag, and tie it up using the rope supports between two trees or wall hooks. Ta-dah! The perfect reading, mindfulness or snoozing location!

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Evie at PrimroseEvie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

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Evie, Garden Design

Garden Colour Scheme

Garden Colour Schemes

Become the artist behind your summer garden. Has the combination of the idyllic summer sunshine and the recently passed Chelsea Flower Show got you feeling inspired enough to add a colour scheme to your outdoor space?

Here are a few recommended considerations to help get you started:

  • Consider the architectural style of your home. Contemplate the style of your building, and how you could emphasise or pay tribute to its history.
  • You can also take into consideration the materials used to construct the building. For example, an orange/red brick would be beautifully complimented by cool blue hues. As you can see in the photo above, the yield of ruby red roses make a bright statement against the white surface of the house.
  • It’s best to choose complimentary colours for your colour scheme. I’m sure you’re already familiar with how a colour wheel works, but matching the opposite colours on the wheel outline which colour best compliments the other. For example, purple and yellow are complimentary, as are blue and orange, and red and green.
  • Warm colour schemes, such as bright reds or yellows, provide vibrancy to an outdoor space, while often making a space feel fuller and happier.
  • Cooler colour schemes, such as pastel tones, provide a soft and romantic feel to your garden. Due to the lighter tones, cooler colour schemes often make a space feel bigger.

Blue Garden Colour

English Cottage Garden

White tones will add light to shaded areas, add in pastel blues and lilacs and you’ll have a very elegant and soft looking garden. If bright tones are more your style, bold reds, yellows and oranges will offer vibrancy and cheerfulness. Plants will likely be the biggest part of your garden design but try not to think of just the flower heads when putting your colour scheme into action. Leaves, stems, bark, seedheads and berries all carry colour just as petals do, so be sure to make use of this too.

Amongst garden foliage, you may wish to include a little garden decor.  Add relaxation to your garden with the perfect place to sit, or transform it into an ideal location to entertain friends and family!


Add a little relaxation

Garden Patio RugMake your patio area a little more homely with an outdoor rug. Intertwine classic and contemporary prints into your outdoor space by adding the above, Amalia Indoor/Outdoor rug. Available in beige, this style will suit a variety of colour schemes. However, if you’re looking for something a little more bold, you can view the full Primrose outdoor rug range here.


It’s time to entertain

Garden Furniture SetThe glamorous yet sophisticated Colwell Five Seater Set is guaranteed to impress. Again, in a neutral camel and white colourway, the design of this five seater will blend in beautifully against any warm or cold tones. Taking inspiration from Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight, the seaside inspired sofa set is ideal for reading a book in the sunshine, or inviting friends and family.

 

 


Reflect colour

Create an illusion with the art of reflection. Designed to be suitable for all weathers, Primrose’s range of garden mirrors has something for everyone, from illusion gate and window mirrors to gothic styles. Positioning your garden mirror opposite your colourful arrangements will accentuate your garden’s vibrancy and provide the illusion of a bigger space.

 

 

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Evie at PrimroseEvie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

See all of Evie’s posts.