Having spent a lot of time of the past few years looking at gardens and design I have noticed that by far and away the most fashionable of colours is purple. There are many flowers that produce the attractive colour and the theme often seems to be to break up the monotone green and grey of formal gardens with a modest splash of colour.

Purple is often associated with regal origins and you will notice that in company logos the ones that go for purple are the ones selling premium or at least trying to give that impression. Luck would have it as well that green is only one shade away from purple’s complimentary colour of yellow so over all it works brilliantly for those who want a stylish and elegant garden that is restrained but colourful.

Space is at a real premium in England and building new houses just hasn’t happened enough in recent years. Our normal houses have never been big in comparison to our European friends but our desires for large and more stylish homes is thankfully increasing. This leaves us with a problem though in that we have a small house and want to upscale but moving to a bigger house is unaffordable because demand outstrips supply and space is at a premium in the areas we want to live.┬áThe answer is some very creative and interesting architectural solutions, some of which I have sourced some pictures of to give you some ideas for your own place.

More often than not I get mails from customers saying that they like my work because it is different and the reason for that is the majority of planters out there are boxes. There are a few reasons why most are boxes;

  • Cheap to produce
  • Versitile design
  • Tesselation
  • Inoffensive

When boxes aren’t bought ‘off the shelf’ they are often made because there is a space that needs filling and a custom box needs making to fill it. I have gathered a few different pictures of box planters, tapered planters and some alternatives to give you some ideas for simple solutions to specific needs.