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Retaining Walls: the unsung heroes of modern garden design

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Retaining Walls are a fantastic tool for revitalising your garden. Used to create raised beds they introduce new levels and it is this height variation that breathes new life into any outdoor area. With clever planting schemes and the right Retaining Walls it is easy to transform your garden into an entirely new area with ease, read on to find out how!

What can I do with my Retaining Walls?

The most common use for Retaining Walls is to create raised beds. By choosing the appropriate size and shape, you can elevate different areas of your garden to create anew landscape to work with. Planting contrasting flora on the upper and lower sections can also add depth to your garden design for example pairing a Corten Steel Retaining Wall with Imperata cylindrica Red Barron in the upper and Pachysandra terminalis in the lower section you can create quite the spectacle. They can also be used to create impressive borders to ring seating areas or to introduce terracing into almost any outdoor space. Terracing is a beautiful way to landscape a graduated space by stacking retaining wall sections in a tiered arrangement to add structure and style. Implementing raised borders into your garden design gives a stunning contrast between the neat and ordered bedding sections and the natural irregularity of flowers, shrubs and grasses. What’s more, Retaining Walls can be used to encircle seating areas to create an intimate setting perfect for hosting in. A fantastic way of doing this is to sink the seats and have a fire bowl in the centre. This produces a gorgeous and functional space in your garden that will be slightly obscured from view from the outside meaning it will not detract from the rest of your outdoor space. All of these applications are fairly easy to achieve as unlike some other landscape features, the Retaining Walls do the work for you.

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Corten Steel Retaining Wall can be used to create gorgeous raised beds bringing colour and style into your outdoor space.

How do I install them?

Retaining Walls are deceptively easy to install. Although their set-up and in turn, how much work is required does vary dependent on application. All of our Retaining Walls are fabricated with gusset plates on either end which come pre-drilled so that each section can fit and be bolted together with ease. With nuts and bolts included it is incredibly simple to assemble the Retaining Walls thanks to their intelligent modular design. Constructing your design begins with the base, the Retaining Wall must sit level on fairly solid ground such as compacted soil. Once in the desired position, simply bolt the sections together and back fill with soil. In most cases, there is no need to anchor the segments into the floor as the weight of the soil resting on the foot of each section is enough to secure the Retaining Wall in place. If there is need of a more solid footing or a more complicated set-up is being installed, it is possible to drill holes through the foot of each section and use metal reinforcing bars with right-angled bends in them pushed through the holes into the ground to act as pegs for extra reinforcement. This is advisable for the creation of a terraced garden to give extra structural stability when creating a stacked design.

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Modular sections of Retaining Wall are incredibly easy to install.

Types of Retaining Wall

We offer a large range of shapes and sizes of Retaining Walls making it easy for you to create the garden design of your dreams. With the choice of Corten Steel or Aluminium sections, there is huge scope for contemporary landscaping and transformation of your outdoor space. In terms of style, there are straight and corner options which can be angled or curved in a radius design and are available as inside or outside sections. Additionally, each section is available in a range of lengths, widths and heights giving you the freedom to make any design idea a reality. Notably, there are wide-top sections available which can be used in conjunction with a Retaining Wall Seat to add functionality to your raised bed allowing you to sit amongst your planting scheme and enjoy it from a new angle. Determining whether Aluminium or Corten Steel is preferential for your garden comes down several considerations. Firstly, appearance plays its part. Corten Steel gives a beautiful rusted orange hue which deepens over time to give a stunning deep amber patina looking stunning against dark green foliage as a back drop. Alternatively, Aluminium Retaining Wall can be produced in almost any RAL colour giving you a huge freedom of choice that is not accessible with Corten Steel equivalents. The second consideration is the inherent properties each material posses. Both are strong yet light-weight and incredibly durable meaning that both will be a long-lasting feature in any outdoor space. The main difference is in how the materials cope with harsh weather. Corten Steel forms a self-protecting rust layer by reacting with oxygen and moisture in the air which prevents degradation of the inner layers of steel. Aluminium is weather-resistant by its very nature and so both are suited to life in the outdoors. Finally, there is a cost difference between the two. Corten Steel is cheaper than Aluminium so if you are looking for a more pocket-friendly approach, Corten Steel will be your answer. The only downside to this is that you have less flexibility of colour choice and so if you have a specific design scheme in mind then Aluminium will be the material for you. Corten Steel also gives a slightly more textured surface in comparison to the Aluminium and so if surface smoothness is a defining factor in your decision, this is something to consider.

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A beautiful contrast between the Corten Steel, the foliage, the gravel and the boardwalk.

Retaining Walls are a fantastic addition to any outdoor area, brining style, colour and height variation they can elevate a garden to create a beautiful and modern space to thoroughly enjoy. With a huge variety of sizes, shapes and designs to choose from in both Aluminium and Corten Steel it is easy to create your ideal layout. The intelligent modular design means the set-up is easy allowing you to revitalise your garden in no time. Contact us now on 01245 422 353 or on info@floraselect.net for more details.

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She Sells Sea Shells: Mother of Pearl Shell Planters

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Something about sea shells always makes you happy. They bring back memories of holidays by the sea side and of playing in rock pools as a child. That wonderful feeling has been captured in these gorgeous, handmade mother of pearl planters, meaning they bring a smile to your face whenever you see them.

What are Shell Planters?

An incredibly stylish indoor planter, these gorgeous pieces are fabricated from a high-quality fibreglass inner set with geometric mother of pearl fragments. This work is all done by hand with extreme care taken to give each of the Shell Planters a faultless finish. The mother of pearl fragments themselves are a by-product of the pearl industry and come in three natural colour variations: Silver-Blue, Brown and White. As the Silver-Blue is a rarer form of the mother of pearl, planters set in that colour are slightly more expensive than their counterparts. There are huge size and style ranges available with the mother of pearl outer meaning you can find the perfect planter to fit in any location. This also means that by having several complimentary Shell Planters running through your space you can create a harmonious flow that will have a breath-taking effect.

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A beautiful Brown Mother of Pearl Pinched Bowl Planter.

Where can I use them?

There is a huge variation in the sizes and styles of Shell Planters meaning they can be used in a whole host of locations, however, they do all have one thing in common – they are suited to indoor use only. Some of the smaller variations such as the Table, Bowl and Bath Planters can be used as centrepieces on a coffee table or dining table to create a focal point, elevating the space. A larger Shell Planter such as the Conical, Vase or Pinched Bowl Planters can be used in a number of ways. Firstly, flagging either side of a doorway to create an inviting design scheme, or perhaps lining a hallway to give colour and a reflective glow along its length. Alternatively, they can be used as stand-alone statement pieces allowing the beautiful mother of pearl to take centre stage to dazzle and delight anyone who sees it. Another option is to have a smaller, more subdued planter such as the Orchid Planter which sit happily in a bathroom, on a windowsill or bookshelf to give a glint of colour and shine without taking all of the attention. These Shell Planters can be used in both domestic and commercial settings, suiting homes, offices and hotels alike to lift the design scheme and create a beautiful beach theme.

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The White Shell Bath Planter sets off a dining table.

What can I put in my Shell Planters?

As these planters are for use indoors only naturally they suit indoor plants. Not only this but they can be used with artificial plants, particularly in commercial set-ups. The other option, for some of the smaller Shell Planters such as the Asymmetric Bowl and Table Planters is that they can be used as fruit bowls or for decorative floral arrangements. In terms of indoor plants, a good place to start is always with succulents. Requiring little maintenance and giving year round green they are a simple way to bring flora inside your house. A fantastic succulent that would work brilliantly in our Shell Bath Planter would be Baby Toes, Fenestraria which gives an abundance of stubby green shoots that will fill the planter but won’t gain too much height meaning it will still be suited to life as a table centre piece. The larger the planter the larger the plant you can place in it meaning our Conical Shell Planter for example could suit an impressive Money tree, Pachira aquatica.

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The rarer Silver-Blue Mother of Pearl gives the look of reflected moon light.

Our Shell Planters are works of art in their own right. The gorgeous mother of pearl coupled with a timeless design means these planters are unmatched. Filling them with a stylish house plant or decorative arrangement will just set them off meaning you will have a beautiful seaside themed set-up to lift any area it is placed in.

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How To Choose The Right Pots & Planters For Your Garden

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There are so many gorgeous pots and planters on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin! On the one hand, it’s amazing to have such a huge variety to choose from but on the other, it makes finding the right planter for you a bit like working through a maze. Look no further, below we have put together a handy, comprehensive guide to assist you in finding the perfect pots for your space.

Black Planters

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A great place to start is with Black Planters. Black is a versatile colour as it goes with everything and this is true for planters too. Almost any planter shape, size and style will look stunning in Black and so it is easy to find a Black Planter to suit your space.

For example, a pair of tall, slender black column planters can be used either side of your front door and can be planted with Buxus to create a smart and stylish display, lifting the front of your property. These can then also be paired with Black Window Boxes to allow for colour coordination and further foliage display.

Alternatively, if your garden is overlooked by neighbours and you would like further privacy, Black Barrier Planters can be planted with bamboo to create a natural wall. Thanks to the range of Black Planters available, it is easy to find the right one to suit your space whether that is big, small or somewhere in between.

Large Planters

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You might think that Large Planters only suit large gardens but this isn’t strictly true. Whilst you do need enough space to fit the planter itself, sometimes even on a balcony a large planter potted with a small tree can be just the statement you need. If you do have a bigger garden, then you need large planters as smaller ones will just be lost in the landscape.

Having several matching or similar planters dotted through your space can create a good flow of colour, setting off the area and adding new levels to your planting scheme. There is also scope to use Large Planters indoors in office blocks, foyers or courtyards where they can be filled with low maintenance or artificial plants to bring colour and texture into the office environment.

With a range of materials such as fibreglass, hardwood and corten steel to choose from, you can find your ideal planter considering style, finish and cost.

White Planters

In contrast to Black Planters, White Planters cannot be used in such varying locations. Due to the brightness and luminosity of White, it is better suited to a larger and more open spaces where it will not seem overpowering. This can include offices, hotel complexes or large garden spaces.

If you live in property with a dark exterior, a White Planter can elevate the location and create a focal point to draw in the eye. With White Planters available in fibreglass, polystone or aluminium, you can choose the appropriate planter for your setting based on the finish of the planter with gloss or matte and textured options available.

Contemporary Planters

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The world of Contemporary Planters is intrinsically a new and exciting one. With exciting shapes and clean finishes, Contemporary Planters often have an artistic feel. Boasting form and function, these planters are perfect for the modern garden.

Raising a planter off the ground has a number of benefits, not only does added height give added impact, it is also beneficial for planter drainage. Naturally, a Contemporary Planter will not be best suited to a cottage-style garden but will look much more at home in a modern town house, on the balcony of a new-build flat or, when used in and around, a stylish outdoor seating area.

These Planters are fabricated from fashionable materials, a great example of which, is Corten Steel. Corten Steel has taken off in popularity and it’s easy to see why. The gorgeous orange hue which doubles as a self-protecting finish is a stunning addition to any outdoor space. It’s also strong, lightweight and hard-wearing meaning it is the perfect material for a planter with the fantastic colour really setting off plants with dark green foliage.

Round Planters

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By their nature, Round Planters give a smooth finish without any sharp angles. This means they tend to appear as softer and less intrusive than their square counterparts. There are a multitude of benefits to this.

Firstly, the muted finish provided by a Round Planter means that you can define the plants as the focal point rather than the planter. This works well when you have a gorgeous or unique plant, shrub or small tree that you would like to showcase. Secondly, because of the understated nature of a Round Planter, you can fit more in a space without them looking overpowering. This feature also means that they can be used in a larger variety of spaces than the more angular versions. Finally, there is a surprising safety aspect that can come into play. Without sharp corners, there is less opportunity for injury when somebody bumps into the planter. This applies to children in a garden or pedestrians if Round Planters are used in a public place. There is a huge and exciting world to explore when it comes to planters but with a little guidance it is easy to work out where to begin. With different colours, styles and shapes you can find the perfect planter to suit any location, big or small and any design style you can imagine.

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Corten Steel Garden Planters – Find your dream planter

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Corten Steel Garden Planters have sky-rocketed in popularity in recent times and it’s easy to see why. The gorgeous orange hue, the contemporary styles and the lasting quality makes for fantastic planters at affordable prices. Below we have outlined the main points to consider when buying a Corten Steel Garden Planter and explain why it’s such a good idea.

What is Corten Steel?

Corten steel, also known as weathering steel or COR-TEN steel is an iron alloy originally developed in America in the 1930s. The fantastic weather resistance of Corten steel comes from the self-protecting rust layer that forms when it is exposed to air and moisture. This rust layer gives in the beautiful orange hue and protects the inner Corten Steel from degrading. Each Corten steel planter develops its rusty patina in a unique way meaning every planter is individual, another factor contributing to their popularity. Being a member of the steel family also gives it high strength yet relatively light weight as well as incredible durability. All of these factors mean that Corten steel is perfectly suited to life outside especially in the form of a Corten Steel Garden Planter.

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The stunning Corten Steel weathering process takes roughly 9 months to complete.

Types of Corten Steel Garden Planters

There is a huge range of sizes, shapes and designs of Corten Steel Garden Planters so it is easy to find the perfect one for your space. With both angular and rounded designs you can create a stronger or softer look to match your design ideas. One of the most exciting types of planter are those fabricated from Corten Steel but in a traditional design. This contrast of old and new creates an eye-catching piece that can be a focal point in your outdoor space. Some of the larger corten steel planters are fantastic for bringing a bold block of colour into your garden which can be beautifully complimented by planting shrubs, trees and other plants that have deep green foliage. There are also Corten Steel Garden Planters available with feet, this provides two benefits. Firstly, added height. Raising your planter off the ground brings new levels to your garden that perhaps haven’t been used before, adding colour to new parts of your space. Secondly, feet provide a greater scope for drainage out of the base of the planter which can be beneficial for certain types of flora. The huge variety of Corten Steel Garden Planters makes it easy to design your space exactly as you’d like it.

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Large Corten Steel Garden Planters create a statement.

Where can I use my planter?

Placement of your planter is as important as the planter itself. Finding the perfect position for the size and style of the planter can really set it off, elevating your outdoor area. If you purchase a large Corten Steel Garden Planter, it is best placed in an uncluttered area where it can be the focal point and draw your eye to that part of the garden. This is particularly true if you plant it with a small tree or impressive shrub. Smaller planters, or those with rounded edges can be used in seating areas because knocking into the side of a round planter is less likely to cause injury. Barrier planters are perfect for getting your privacy back, particularly if neighbours can look into your garden. Simply fill the planters with tall grasses such as bamboo and place them in the eye-line that you wish to be protected. Outside your front door, placing Corten Steel Tower Planters on either side can create a gorgeous statement, welcoming people to your house. With Corten Steel Garden Planters to suit every aspect of your outdoor area you can create a flow of orange throughout your garden, harmonising your design scheme.

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Creating a barrier with bamboo if a natural way to protect your privacy.

Bespoke Corten Steel Garden Planters

Although there is a huge variety of planters available, we can offer bespoke pieces. If you would like a size outside of our catalogue range or perhaps you have a certain shape in mind that you just can’t quite find then we have the answer. Working with high-quality corten steel we can fabricate the perfect planter for your space, making your garden design dreams a reality.

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Beautiful contrast between the Corten orange and the white and deep green of the hydrangeas.

Corten Steel Garden Planters are a fantastic, modern addition to any outdoor space. With options to suit any garden and outdoor area it is easy to find the perfect planter for you. Buy now from FloraSelect or contact us on info@floraselect.net for more details.

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Edgeline Garden Edging: Easy install garden edging

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Garden edging can be a real headache. Trying to edge awkward shapes, finding a good way to anchor it into the ground, it can all be a bit overwhelming especially if you are looking for DIY garden edging. Not any more. Edgeline Garden Edging has an intelligent and easy to use system that solves all of these problems.

What is edging used for?

Garden edging is a versatile addition to any outdoor space. It can be used for a variety of applications, such as framing a flower bed or lawn, or even outlining a driveway. It provides a neat and distinct border behind which you can create a stunning planting scheme. Or if you want added texture in your garden, you can use the edging to create a space you can fill with pebbles and stones or perhaps wood chips. Edging can also be used to frame a specific garden feature, perhaps a tree or water fountain, helping to draw the eye to the desired place. When used to edge a driveway, it can lift the area, creating a more sophisticated look, elevating the composition. This can also be applied to garden paths, keeping them tidy and clean with little effort involved.

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Gorgeous edging, easy to install.

What is Edgeline Garden Edging?

Cleverly designed, easy to install, high-quality Aluminium edging. Fabricated from 3mm extruded Aluminium, coming in 10cm high, 2m long strips with a smart groove system on the back of each piece which allows the stake and bracket system to be attached at any point along its length. Available in three gorgeous colour options: Natural Aluminium, Terra Brown (RAL 8028) and Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016). The two colour options go through a two-coat process where first, a primer layer is applied followed by a scratch and weather-resistant powder coat giving a gorgeous, even finish.

How do I install Edgeline Garden Edging?

Installing Edgeline Garden Edging is a breeze. Simply click the bracket onto the back of the edging section, slide the stake into the back of that, the push the stake into the ground wherever it is required. If you hit a root or rock, then simply shift the bracket along the length of the edging slightly and carry on. If you want to join two separate edging sections, simply straddle the bracket over the two ends you wish to join. It really is that simple. The ease of installation means Edgeline Garden Edging is suitable for DIY solutions because if you want to change your placement all you have to do is lift the stake out of the ground and move it to the new location.

What shapes can I make?

Some of the more traditional edging can be limited in the shapes and designs it allows you to create. Edgeline Garden Edging allows you far more freedom, the flexible yet strong Aluminium allows curves, corners and straight lengths to be developed with ease. Creating curves is simple by just gently bending the edging section and securing it with the bracket and stake system. If you finish your curve and want to change it then all you have to do it pull the stake back out of the ground and reform your curve. The Edgeline Garden Edging is fully movable so you can relocate the edging at any time if you change your garden design.

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Creating smooth curves, corners and straight sections couldn’t be easier.

Edging doesn’t have to be difficult and can be a DIY job. Edgeline Garden Edging makes it so easy, simple installation, stunning finish and movable it is the ultimate solution to all of your edging problems. Buy now from Flora Select, or contact us at info@floraselect.net or on 01245 422 353 for more details.

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Fire Fever: Outdoor fire pits, bowls and tables.

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Fire pits, bowls and tables are the perfect addition to any garden. As we head towards cooler weather many of us feel as though we have to say goodbye to our gardens until the Spring. But what if this wasn’t the case? By having an outdoor fire pit, bowl or table you can bring warmth and life back to your outdoor space throughout the autumn and winter. Then come spring and summer, you have a perfect central point to relax and host around, late into those balmy evenings.

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Corten Steel Fire Bowl in a beautiful and relaxing seating area.

Fuel Type

So how do you go about choosing the best fire pit, bowl or table for you? A good place to start is by choosing the best fuel type to suit your needs. By far the two most popular are gas and wood with coal becoming far less popular due greater environmental awareness. Gas is generally considered the ‘cleaner’ fuel type as it burns without smoke, this means it is better suited to fire pits, bowls and tables that are being used for aesthetic purposes only. You also have better control over flame size with a gas-fired set-up as you can adjust the fire with the gas regulator. Having said this, there is inherently more danger with a gas rather than wood due to its combustibility. It must also be considered that, in general, wood is cheaper than gas and will provide a hotter flame. Wood-burning fire pits, bowls and tables are fantastic if you want to cook outdoors. With huge variety of wood choice you can subtly change the flavour of your food or the heat of your flame. Wood is also cheaper than the gas equivalent. The only considerations with wood are the smoke produced and the need for fire monitoring. Both materials work well for outdoor fire pits, bowls and tables, so if you are looking to cook, wood is the fuel type for you but if you want warmth and aesthetics only the gas is your answer.

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Stylish Gas Fire Pits bring warmth and sophistication to any garden space.

Cooking with Fire

There is something incredibly therapeutic about cooking with fire. From selecting your wood, to preparing your ingredients, through to the actual cooking and of course eating, the entire process is something to savour and enjoy. With huge variations in recipes to choose from for outdoor cooking, it is easy to find something to suit you and your guests. It is also an incredibly sociable way to cook, people are drawn towards fire and so having a stunning fire pit, bowl or table is a brilliant way to bring people together. Of course, cooking in your garden can be weather dependent but with the extra heat generated from a wood fire, you will be able to use your fire pit, bowl or table well into the colder months.

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Cooking with fire is easy and enjoyable using wood and a fantastic hot plate.

Creating a Focal Point with Fire

Fire pits, bowl and tables are also feature pieces, perfecting for using as a stylish focal point to build your garden around. By using fire as a central point, you can develop a seating area, cooking area or relaxation area around it. Having a dedicated area for fire in your outdoor space with encourage you to get outside more and use the beautiful space you have developed. Turning your garden into a multi-functional space is easy with a fire pit, bowl or table and you will be creating a visual spectacle at the same time. With Corten Steel and Aluminium options to choose from it is easy to find the perfect piece to fit your style and to begin enjoying your outdoor space throughout the year.

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Fiery focal point in the centre of a contemporary seating area.

Aluminium vs Corten Steel

How do you choose the perfect material? At Flora Select we offer a range of contemporary fire pits, bowl and tables with options fabricated from both Aluminium and Corten Steel. Aluminium is the latest ‘wonder-material’ for garden design. Light-weight yet incredibly strong, this gorgeous material can also be coated in a huge variety of scratch-resistant colours so you can customise your fire pit, bowl or table to exactly match your style. It is also weather-resistant and heard-wearing meaning it is suited to both domestic and commercial applications. However, with all these advantages it isn’t surprising that aluminium is a more expensive option. Corten Steel is a gorgeous material that has risen in popularity in recent times. Its distinctive rust coating creates a self-protecting layer preventing degradation of the planters whilst giving the stunning orange colour. Weather-resistant and incredibly strong, this fantastic material will make for a beautiful fire pit, bowl or table as the amber hue conjures feelings of warmth before the fire has even started. It is also cheaper than the equivalent in aluminium, but cannot be coated to achieve other colours. Both aluminium and corten steel are perfectly suited to life outside and each make brilliant fire pits, bowls and tables because of their individual advantages.

All in all, a fire pit, bowl or table is a brilliant addition to any outdoor space. Creating warmth, a place to gather and with the potential to turn your garden into an outdoor kitchen, it is easy to see why so many people are inspired to have their own. With a huge range of options to choose from in both Aluminium and Corten Steel, Flora Select can provide you with the perfect fiery addition to your garden. Email us on info@floraselect.net for more details.

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Garden Wall Screens: Inspiration and Ideas for any Garden

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Garden Wall Screens are an excellent way to modernise your garden, create some privacy or direct the eye to a desired focal point or view. Although it can come as surprise, they work equally well when used in both larger or smaller gardens provided they are positioned correctly. This article aims to give some inspiration on how to use Garden Wall Screens and to help you in deciding which material would suit your outdoor space best.

What is a Garden Wall Screen?

A Garden Wall Screen is a large, hollow, rectangular structure with a mounting strip on the base that can be placed at different points in a garden depending on the desired effect. They differ from retaining walls in that they are larger, closed structures that aren’t used to support a raised bed. Garden Wall Screens can be used both as stand alone pieces or in sets of multiples to create a striking garden feature. In the past, they have been limited to stone or brick which has its place in more traditional, cottage-style gardens but Flora Select is changing this old-fashioned perception of Garden Wall Screens with three modern materials: Aluminium, Corten Steel and Fibreglass.

Privacy Barriers

Perhaps the most common (though not sole) use of Garden Wall Screens are as privacy barriers. For those who want to create a personal haven and for those whose gardens are overlooked by neighbours, this is the perfect way to reclaim your own space By placing tall wall segments in the correct position to block out any unwanted eye-lines, you will feel instantly more relaxed knowing that your garden space is once again your own.

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Corten Steel privacy barrier planted with deep greens to maximise colour contrast

Dividing Walls

Garden Wall Screens can be placed perpendicular to the edge of you garden to create a divide between different garden sections. This unlocks endless possibilities as it allows you to develop definitive garden segments dedicated to purpose without having them distract from one another. For example, they can be placed perhaps between a classic lawn and flower bed set-up at the front of a garden and a vegetable plot behind. Or, by using multiple Walls, you can create an area dedicated to relaxation housing a matching water feature, comfortable chairs and perhaps some calming outdoor lighting. This will create a haven to escape to right in your own back garden. Additionally, they can be used to mask areas of the garden you wish to keep separate such as a shed or sewage set-up.

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Fibreglass dividing wall adding structure to a lawn area

Highlighting a Focal Point

In larger gardens, parks or commercial settings, Garden Wall Screens can be use to channel the eye onto a particular view or focal point. By placing the appropriate sized Walls at the correct angle it is possible to create a funnel which may look onto a fantastic sculpture or idyllic view. Using the Garden Wall Screens in this way is suited to larger areas that lack distinct form because they can narrow the view and so would not suit smaller areas. If there is space for this type of set-up however, they can be transformative and will completely overhaul the design style of the garden with relatively little effort and so should definitely be considered when investing in larger outdoor spaces.

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Looking out from the house the viewers eye-line will be channeled to the desired focal point

Aluminium, Corten Steel or Fibreglass?

With three fantastic materials to choose from in a huge array of sizes, FloraSelect’s range of Garden Wall Screens will cover all of your design ideas. There are also bespoke size and colour options available if you would like something really special and unique. Choosing the right material for your garden can seem challenging because a Garden Wall is a large feature to add. There are pros and cons to each material and they all bring a different fell to an outdoor space. Aluminium is an incredibly lightweight yet strong metal, perfect for this type of application. It is long-lasting and durable and can be coated in any RAL colour you desire making it a versatile material for outdoor applications. However, as a result of its myriad brilliant properties, it is expensive compared to other options. Corten Steel has in recent years become an incredibly popular choice for garden design features and it is easy to see why. Developing a self-protecting rust coating over time which provides both weather-resistance and colour it is perfectly suited to life outside. The unique corten orange is absolutely stunning and incredibly eye-catching making it the perfect choice if you want to add a jet of colour and a bold statement to your outdoor space. Again, it is lightweight and strong but it is very strongly coloured meaning it may not be to everyone’s taste. If however you love the amber glow of Corten Steel then it is a perfect choice for a Garden Wall Screen because it is also cheaper than its aluminium equivalent. Fibreglass is the cheapest option because it is non-metallic. This means that you can get fantastic value for money considering the large size of Garden Wall Screens. It is also available in a variety of colours to suit any design scheme and is incredibly lightweight. All of these factors mean that fibreglass is a brilliant material for this purpose, the only downside being that it will never give a metallic look and if that is something important to your design scheme then a different material will be more appropriate.

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Stunning Corten Steel Garden Wall Structure bringing colour and sophistication into the garden

Garden Wall Screen Structure

The structure of every Garden Wall Screen is roughly the same regardless of its size or the material it is fabricated from. They are all large, hollow and rectangular three-dimensional pieces. The inside cavity provides several benefits. Firstly, it is easy to drill through the Wall to add light fixtures and electrical features if you wish to do so. Secondly, this makes the Walls lightweight for ease of transport and assembly. The final benefit of this is that the Garden Wall Screens are obviously far cheaper than a fully solid equivalent. Another important structural feature is the mounting strip. Each Wall comes with a mounting strip on its base which can be easily fixed to any solid ground structure allowing for each placement and assembly.

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Example technical drawing of the typical structure of a Garden Wall Screen

Overall, used correctly Garden Wall Screens can be a fantastic addition to any garden no matter what the size. They are contemporary and stylish and can help to quickly modernise any outdoor space. Available in a huge range of colours, sizes and material with bespoke options available, it is easy to find the perfect Wall for your outdoor space. Contact us now on 01245 422 353 or email us on info@floraselect.net to discuss details.

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What is Corten Steel? All your questions answered.

Corten Steel Weathering Process

What is Corten Steel? | Flora Select

We know it looks beautiful as garden planters, log burners and other outdoor accessories but what actually is corten steel? Though not a new material, it has only recently made the transition from grand sculpture to garden accessories. Unsurprisingly, its popularity particularly for garden use has sky-rocketed thanks to the unique beauty of the rusted orange and its outstanding durability and weather-resistance.

What is Corten Steel made of?

With its easily recognisable rust colouring, we all know what corten steel looks like but how does that orange hue form and what makes corten steel different from regular steel? Corten steel, also know as weathering steel or COR-TEN steel (the official trademark) is an alloy made mainly from iron with small amounts of carbon, silicon, manganese and several other elements. It differs from normal steel (carbon steel or mild steel) by its chemical composition which gives it far superior weather resistance. This weather resistance comes from the self-protecting rust layer than forms over time. When it is first formed, it looks very similar to carbon steel, but once outside the weathering process begins. The surface of the corten steel reacts with air and water to form the rusty coating over a period of around 9 months. Throughout this time, it will gradually darken to develop that deep orange colour so typical of weathering steel. Each piece is unique as the weathering process develops the patina leaving a stunning orange coating. This coating then prevents further rusting beneath the outer layer and so protects itself.

Corten Steel Weathering Process

Weathering process lasts around 9 months leaving the beautiful unique rust orange.

Advantages

In addition to the attractiveness of corten steel, there are several other huge advantages. As discussed above, the outside rust layer protects it from further weathering, meaning it is essentially weather-resistant. The weather-resistance means it is perfect for use in garden planters, outdoor log burners and other accessories such as water features and fire bowls. It is also important to remember that it is still part of the steel family and so has many of the same beneficial properties such as high strength, durability which means you don’t need huge amounts to have a strong structure. Therefore, you can have a lightweight yet incredibly strong garden planter that will last. Combining all of these advantages means that corten steel is the ideal material to be used for both domestic and commercial landscaping projects, whether that is building raised beds with retaining walls or edging, adding water into your garden with a water feature or joining different levels with some gorgeous garden stairs.

How expensive is Corten Steel?

On the spectrum with all high-end garden materials, corten steel falls in the upper-middle price wise. There are, of course, cheaper materials available such as zinc or terracotta however each of these alternatives have distinct disadvantages in comparison such as lower durability and weather-resistance. In contrast, a corten steel planter will most times be cheaper than an aluminium alternative despite similar properties excluding appearance. For the huge range of benefits you get from having it in your garden, it is definitely a worthwhile investment as you will have beautiful colour in your garden for many years to come.

Where is Corten Steel used?

You have probably heard of or seen corten steel in use before though you may not have realised it. In the UK, the most famous corten steel art installation is The Angel of the North in Gateshead, near Newcastle. This stunning structure was designed by Antony Gormley and erected in 1998. Built to withstand 100 mph winds and other extreme weather conditions, this gorgeous sculpture will last for over 100 years. Another fantastic example of corten steel is in the external architecture of the Museum of Old and New Art, MONA in Tasmania, Australia. This stunning building really showcases the colour of weathering steel as it stands out against the dark waters of the bay and beautiful green of the hills behind. This contrast can be replicated in a garden space using corten steel planters and filling them with deep green plants to create a stunning clash to catch the eye of anyone in your garden. Finally, the Broadcasting Tower in Leeds is a shining example from an architectural perspective. With its unique design merging cubic and triangular elements, it is instantly recognisable especially considering the rusted orange glow.

How do I get some?

Now you have fallen in love with corten steel, you want to know how to get some of that orange into your life. Floraselect has got you covered. We have a huge range of corten steel garden accessories, from planters to fire pits, BBQs to water features we have something to suit every garden space regardless of size and design style. Floraselect can also offer bespoke pieces if you want something extra special for your outdoor space. Have a browse through our website, or contact our friendly team on 01245 422353 or email us on info@floraselect.net for more details.

Corten Steel Gap With Door + Pizza Door Log Burner by Adezz 75x50x150cm

This stunning pizza oven will let you cook outside with style and create tasty pizzas for everyone.

Overall, corten steel is a fantastic material to use for a huge range of outdoor applications. Long-lasting, weather-resistant and durable, this strong material boasts both form and function. The unique rust orange of the corten steel means it will bring bold colour into your garden space creating an eye-catching focal point for a long time to come.

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The 7 Best Garden Planters for Your Home

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Garden planters, pots and containers are guaranteed to add instant style and versatility to living and garden spaces of all shapes and sizes. As well as aesthetic appeal, container gardening boasts several practical benefits; improved drainage, avoiding soil-borne disease, weed prevention and portability of plants, to name a few. In order for your garden to meet your needs, it is important that the types of planters installed meet your garden’s needs.

Zinc Planters

Renowned for their modern, stylish appearance, zinc planters are perfect for affordable outdoor usage. Though particularly fashionable in minimalist and industrial décor, the advantages of zinc planters go far beyond aesthetic appeal. They are lightweight and therefore readily portable, which is key in aiding control over your plants’ moisture, sunlight and temperature. When stability is required, however, heavier zinc planters are available and ideal for less wind-resistant garden plants.

Crafted from electroplated zinc and powder-coated for extra protection, longevity is another asset of zinc planters, due to their rigidity, strength, and weather resistance. They exist in various shapes and sizes; combinations of which can be used to add style and diversity to your garden. Additionally, Floraselect’s zinc window boxes are available in black, white, silver and grey, brightening up any windowsill with their contemporary flair. 

Corten Steel Trough Planters

Corten steel planters, also known as ‘weathering steel’ planters, are extremely long-lasting. Unlike galvanised steel, Corten steel undergoes a 9-month weathering process, corroding over time to form a protective layer that prevents further rusting. The layer occurs naturally in bronze and copper hues which make every planter unique, and very attractive. The hardwearing property of the material also renders it ideal for landscaping and outdoor construction.

Corten steel’s weathered, bronzed appearance contrasts beautifully with plant foliage. In addition, cuboidal trough planters are often used to form barriers or create artificial walls when planted up with tall plants, for example, bamboo. ‘Weathering steel’ planters certainly live up to their name, managing to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, whatever the weather.

Hardwood Planters

Thanks to their classic appearance, hardwoods such as garapa and balau offer real versatility and adaptability in garden planters. Hardwood planters belong in any home, from traditional gardens to modest botanical balconies.

Hardwood is naturally durable, and rot and weather damage can be avoided by treating planters with flaxseed oil. In the interest of sustainability, pollinating carpenter bees are attracted to wooden planters as well as the plants themselves; herbs favoured by bees, such as borage and lavender, are therefore a match made in heaven with hardwood containers. Planters made of hardwood also provide excellent heat insulation for soil, so their year-round advantages are just as timeless as their design. In addition, hardwood planters’ practical benefits and sophisticated appearance have caused their popularity to skyrocket in restaurants and public areas.

Galvanised Steel Planters

Much like their zinc counterparts, galvanised steel planters will age gracefully, all the while adding a contemporary touch to homes and gardens. As well as its durability, galvanised steel is notoriously weather-resistant, and is easy to maintain by occasionally wiping down with a damp cloth. With their cool colour palette and clean lines, galvanised steel planters make stylish additions to minimalist, industrial and contemporary décor, contrasting nicely against other natural materials in the environment, whether it be wood, soil or plant life.

Manufactured at a standard thickness of 4mm, galvanised steel planters available at Floraselect are considerably robust, a quality which accommodates these planters to public gardens, commercial environments as well as your home.

Fibreglass Barrier Planters

The versatility of fibreglass sets it apart from original materials such as stone and clay. Fibreglass boasts many assets, namely resilience, durability, being lightweight, and weather and UV resistance, thus making the material a firm favourite of landscapers and gardeners for indoor and outdoor use. It is often used in aircraft, bathroom suites, windows, privacy screens and booth seating for bars and restaurants.

Fibreglass planters are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures, so they can perfectly integrate into all atmospheres and design schemes. For fans of linear, modern décor, barrier planters can optimise space in garden, living and public areas. The use of fibreglass planters as wall barriers, to section areas off or to simply grow and display a contained garden is innovative and in vogue; it can also take more modest gardens, house plants or balconies, for instance, to a larger scale. According to the RHS, plants that thrive in raised soil include soft fruits, vegetables, alpines and herbaceous perennials such as daylilies.

Terracotta Planters

Terracotta planters are so timeless that the word ‘terracotta’ is almost synonymous with ‘plant pots’. Porous, stylish and inexpensive, terracotta planters are a staple of most gardens. They are well accustomed to colder climates as their porous walls draw water out of soil to dry it more quickly. Dryer soil cacti and succulents are therefore ideal florae for these planters; not just brightening up the home but producing oxygen and cleaning the air too. Terracotta’s muted, earthy colour palette brings a touch of Mediterranean to both indoor and outdoor gardens, aging handsomely thanks to patina formation. Traditions exist for a reason when it comes to your garden.

Aluminium Planters

Aluminium is considered a new smart material; it is lightweight and long-lasting, and extremely resistant to chips, scratches, cracks and breakages. What’s more, aluminium planters are made rigid and strong thanks to their high strength : weight ratio. The fact that aluminium does not rust is also beneficial to outdoor planters, though of course aluminium planters are not limited to al fresco usage.

The majority of aluminium planters have simple, clean exteriors that will complete urban jungles as well as outdoor garden spaces. Aluminium planters are versatile enough to match any aesthetic, and are commonly customisable and made-to-order due to short production runs being more cost-effective.

Shop The Garden Planter Range at Floraselect

For every garden, big or small, there is a perfect planting solution! Check out our wide range of garden planters for gardens of all sizes and purposes, and get in touch if you require any assistance in choosing the perfect planter.