he benefit of Hampton Court compared with its sister show Chelsea is that visitors can bu y

across th e

entire show, meaninw, , meaning traders aren’t restricted to one location on the showground and gardeners can take home their own piece of the famous exhibition and spr uce up their outdoor spaces at home. “You see

Yo Hampton Court Flower Show

ou see the trends first at wer Show,” says

the t w,

garden designer Edward Mairis. “What you see here, you will then see at the Chelsea Flower Show the following year .”

of gar den furniture on show with rattan weave still at the for efr ont, particularly in natural shades and muted gr eys. One supplier

As expected, ther e was an array e on show with

e supplier r,, The

Garden Furniture Centre, says customers are forking out more than ever in their outdoor living ranges. “People ar e willing to invest s Debbie Garner -

more now w,,” says Jones. “Some ar e spending more on

garden furnitur e than on furnitur e in the home!”

She adds that, while consumers ar e willing to pay mor e, they still want low-maintenance furniture that retains a premium look with minimal effort. Soft rattan weaves are proving popular – particularly the thicker weave styles such as those made to resemble water hyacinth stems. “The look that people want now is very natural,” says Ms Garner -Jones. “Customers like the hyacinth weave because they don’t need to care for the product. W

t. We We use an Indonesian

supplier because they make the weaves the tightest so they look good for longer

good for longer.”

leather that just needs to be hosed down , can be left unco vered i n the summer and only needs to be pr otected from fr ost in the winter .

Furniture that utilises synthetic leather is on tr end because consumers don’t want to have to keep bringing cushions inside and The Gar den Furnitur e Centr e has seen a real increase in demand for styles that incorporate soft marine leather that just needs to be hosed

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Keen and ama teur gardeners alike ha ve long f locked to the Hampton Court Flower Show to see the latest trends in plants and outdoor living, and this year was no exception. Fiona Garcia reports on what will be shaping Britain’s gardens this and next season.

Storage is another issue people want addr essed when it comes to outdoor living and the companyn , which

is constantly

developing its range to meet changing consumer needs, had a gr eat r esponse to a rattan lounger that featur ed marine leather cushions and closed over completely to cr eate a lar ge apple ornament for the garden.

lounger formal

Another pr oduct that r eceived a lot of interest was a water hyacinth weave coffee table that had hinged top sections that could be extended up to cr eate a higher dining table. “People are steering away from eating

to sofa living,”

explained Ms Garner-Jones. “So we have developed a table that pulls

-Jones. “So we

have developed a table that pulls out so it’s a cof fee/dining table. People absolutely love it.”

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