NB April 2016 Links to stylegardens.co.uk no longer exist, so I've removed them from the post below.
Phew! Gorgeous day! And if there’s one thing to make you feel cooler, it’s sitting by water. Not to mention relaxing beside it with a glass of wine.
But what to do with all those wine bottles? Well, this idea from Style Gardens helped them to win Gold in the Royal Welsh Show in 2000 and nicely combines Adam’s ale with the nectar of the gods.
Style Gardens’s website is, frankly, a puzzle to navigate, not least because all the pages seem to have the same address, so I can’t link you straight to the relevant pages. Find photos and description of the prize-winning garden and water feature under Garden Design on their Ideas page (see tabs along the top of the screen), and instructions on how to make it under Garden DIY on the Ideas page (you’ll need to click through a few more pages from there – just follow “projects”).
It is worth a mooch round their website, though, if you need some ideas and advice on garden design. Here’s an example: “One thing you learn when studying garden design is that circles ALWAYS work well... A circle is a very strong, geometric shape, and it 'draws the eye', as the jargon goes, meaning that it encourages the viewer to focus on the internal space, and makes it possible to ignore unsightly surroundings.”
Good. I’ve just decided on a round paved area in the middle of my vegetable patch!