Using a garden mirror in your garden or outside space is a good way to add the illusion of room, space and a whole new dimension of liberty.
The type of effect you want to achieve will determine the kind of mirror you use. If you want to have the effect of a small window, then choose a church style, for a gothic effect. Creating the effect of a portal to another dimension! By using a full length mirror you could create a gateway to another world!
Garden mirrors a window to another dimension!
Try different locations with your mirror, as you may not be happy with the first place you put it. They are perfect in shady spaces where not much grows, as they bring much needed light into this area of the garden.
Mirrors work wonderfully with plants and greenery around them, a bare one will look out of place so place climbing flowers, such as roses or clematis, around the mirror. If it is in a dark corner why not try adding ivy around it. This could give the appearance of an old fashioned secret garden.
During different seasons you will get a different appearance from your mirror, depending on which plants you have added to it. Enjoy either evergreens or full tones of colourful blooms from your climbing plants.
Mirrors bring light to dark corners and open up outdoor spaces
Another feature to consider when purchasing a garden mirror is what you will be putting in front of it. You can place different size trees or buxus to the front. Angling your mirror is a good idea, you can easily place a small piece of wood behind it to angle it slightly. This will give you an off centre reflection and you won’t be the first thing you see when looking into it. It is best not to place it in direct sun light; it can be hazardous and may cause a fire!
Try adding different plants or objects in front of your mirror
If mirrors are not something you want in your garden, why not try wall art? There are a wide range of pieces for sale and you can decorate your walls with animal shapes, flowers or other abstract pieces. Adding tall grasses or an obelisk in front and you can create a focal point to rival an art gallery.
Wall art adds a designer touch to your garden
Whichever you choose, garden mirror or a piece of wall art, it is clear there are lots of accessories that you can add to your garden. Bringing your garden into the modern and fashionable world of exterior decorating.
Exotic hibiscus overtake traditional poinsettia in battle for Christmas number one, but scented hyacinths still can’t be beaten.
The UK’s biggest online plant retailer has announced its top plant predictions for Christmas following early sales analysis of its seasonal gift catalogue. No surprises that old favourites like amaryllis and Christmas cactus are on the list, but with house plants in general seeing a resurgence in popularity with the British buying public, some brand-new exotic additions have made it into the Thompson & Morgan Christmas Top 10 Sellers for 2015.
Hibiscus ‘Festive Flair’
Poinsettia, a time-honoured Christmas favourite and last year’s no.2, has fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time. Taking its place is the exotic-looking Hibiscus ‘Festive Flair’, which brings a tropical touch to festivities without the fussiness of poinsettia. The large festive blooms stand up to the ravages of central heating and cold draughts much better than the coloured foliage of poinsettia, and will keep on going through January and beyond, bringing weeks of colour in the drabbest part of the year.
Thompson & Morgan Gifts Manager Alice Speedie said: “Poinsettia are a great option for Christmas display but they can be a little tricky to keep in perfect condition, particularly the cheap supermarket imports – set close to heat sources or a draughty window, the foliage can quickly crisp or wilt. They also need a bit of specialist care and exact daylight hours to get them to flower again. Hibiscus however are much easier to care for and will bloom through the year in most households.”
The hibiscus still has some work to do in reaching no.1. The top slot has been held by scented hyacinth ‘Pink Pearl’ ever since the mail order specialist, best known for its offering of vibrant garden plants, started its Christmas gift lines back in 1999. Alice adds: “While we’re seeing increased interest in new exotics like hibiscus and Dendrobium orchids for Christmas display, it seems you can’t beat a bit of yuletide tradition. We supply our hyacinths in timeless bespoke containers, and give them the VIP treatment in order to guarantee quick colour and scent soon after delivery.”
While the traditional pink-flowered Christmas cactus remains a strong contender in 2015, it has a new multicoloured rival snapping close at its heels. Christmas Cactus ‘Tricolour’ offers red, pink and white blooms in one pot, seemingly from the same plant. To create the effect, Thompson & Morgan sets three plants into one large pot creating a most striking display.
All items from the Thompson & Morgan Christmas Gift Catalogue are delivered direct to friends and family if preferred, and are all presented in gift wrapping or decorative pots with a personalised gift message, providing stress-free Christmas shopping from the comfort of home with no need to hit the high street. If you are a last minute shopper you can place orders right up until 6pm on 20th December for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas.
For a catalogue call 0844 573 1818 or view the range online at www.thompson-morgan.com/christmas-gifts
Thompson & Morgan Christmas Top 10
There is nothing more exciting than rushing downstairs to open the door of your Christmas advent calendar for your tasty treat, even when you are told to eat your breakfast first. Young or old this tradition is enjoyed by all, but why stop at chocolate?
Between 1st and 25th December we’re offering you the chance to win some fabulous prizes and giving you some great offers!
Prizes and offers in our Christmas advent calendar include 1 x £250 worth Thompson & Morgan E-Voucher, a Deluxe Gardening Hamper worth £74.99, 25% off seeds and many more.
For your chance to win these great prizes and view the offers, simply click on today’s date on the calendar and follow the on screen instructions. Each competition/ offer will run from 00:00:00 (GMT) until 23:59:59 (GMT) on the designated day.
Make sure that you come back and visit this page every day from 1st to 25th December so you don’t miss out on your chance to win or pick up a bargain.
Enjoy your Christmas treats!
Thompson & Morgan
Black Friday UK is becoming more popular every year, and since its origination in America it has become highly recognised worldwide. Black Friday occurs the day after thanksgiving and unofficially marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. With deals dominating both online and in-store, you are sure to grab yourself a bargain!
To celebrate Black Friday, Thompson & Morgan are offering you 20% off everything online! Starts Friday 28th until midnight Monday 1st December. Use order code TWEB75YZ in your shopping basket.
Why not take advantage of Thompson & Morgan’s Black Friday deal and buy your Christmas gifts. Take a look at the top Christmas gifts from this year’s range. The customer favourite Gardenia ‘Snowball’ will fill your home with Christmas scents. The gorgeous pearlescent blooms and glossy evergreen foliage make a classy statement, further boosted by an exotic perfume to delight the senses. Presented in a zinc cachepot, it will grace any home with a lasting display of opulent beauty and scent. Normally £17.99, but if you buy two or more you can buy them for only £16.99 where you will still be able to enjoy 20% off!!
Thompson & Morgan’s favourite is the second early cropping potato, Potato ‘Jazzy’. The small potato that packs a big punch! Enormous yields have been produced in their trials – both in the ground and in potato bags. The small waxy tubers are much more versatile than other salad potatoes and literally bursting with flavour – whether you boil, mash, roast or steam them. This exciting new second early variety has been awarded an RHS AGM for its superb garden performance. So why not try Potato ‘Jazzy’ now and make use of Thompson & Morgan’s Black Friday offer!
Our Christmas gifts for gardeners range is new for 2014 to bring you some added inspiration to find that perfect Christmas gift. Christmas is the perfect time to buy your loved one something they need, would like or don’t know they need! As a gardener there is always something that can come in handy. From some new tools, garden vouchers, a watering can or simply a new indoor plant, there is plenty for you to choose from.
You can view our full Christmas gifts for gardeners range here. Why not take a look at all our other Christmas gifts for 2014 including Christmas gifts for her, Christmas gifts for him, Stocking fillers and many more.
Here are our top picks for your green fingered loved one;
Sometimes a gardener can happily and easily spend all day attending their garden or allotment. Our multi use tool and tuck box is the perfect accompaniment to a hard day’s work. Not only will your gardener stay organised, but an extra compartment enables them to take their snacks along too.
Where would a gardener be without their tools, other than left with in a slight pickle? Our Rosa Chinensis Gardening Tools is a collection of award winning gifts for gardeners using iconic imagery from the RHS Lindley Library. The collection includes, trowel and fork, secateurs, pair of gloves and a kneeler, which you can buy individually or as a full collection.
Our Gardener’s Delight Hamper is full of treats and nick nacks, perfect for any gardener. Our hamper collections arrive in a quality wicker basket which can also be used for storage in the garden shed or in the home. Our delight basket includes; 15 packets of seed, trowel and fork, DVD, plant labels, £5 voucher, 3 catalogues, 750g incredibloom®, Secateurs, 3 flower pouches, 20 coir seed/cutting pellets and 20 pricking out pots!