• Encourage bats to your garden The benefits of bats in the garden

    Unlike our friends with feathers, bats generally get a bad rap. But that's unwarranted because there are very few vampire bats (and none in the UK), and bats do not attack humans. In fact, we should be encouraging these shy little creatures because they bring many benefits to our gardens

  • Recycled plastic rug from nanimarquina Rugs for the garden

    It's still a bit chilly but let's hope May brings some warmth. In which case it'll be time to spruce up the deck or patio with outdoor rugs made from recycled polyester or plastic - they're great for impromptu picnics and summer gatherings, as well as for sunbathing on. And even a deluge of rain won't hurt them...

  • Buy flowers or grow your own..whichever, they'll cheer you up Tips for keeping cut flowers fresher for longer

    Lots of us are buying flowers fairly regularly because well..they look lovely and cheer us up. But they are an expense, so if you've got room, start growing flowers in your garden. And to avoid the annoyance of them wilting in a few days, gardening company J Parker has some maintenance tips.

  • Antique radiators have an elegance. From the Old Radiator Company Salvage and reclamation - it's a woman's world

    The salvage business is doing rather well in these bargain-hunting times. And you may be surprised to find that the use of salvaged materials in interior design is driven by women, not their supposedly super-handy-where-there's muck-there's-money-menfolk. 

Accessories

Alonsa LED from Dar Lighting

Dår Lighting's Alonsa pendant is lovely to look at at any time of day but when it's on, it's magical

Insideout Garden Art

If you not familiar with outdoor art and don't think pictures belong in the garden, well Yorkshire's Insideout Garden Art begs to differ. So if you look out on an empty wall or fence, turn it into a gallery space!

laundry strips are very eco friendly

If you're trying to use less plastic, then ditching those cumbersome bottles of detergent is a good place to start

Features

Antique radiators have an elegance. From the Old Radiator Company

The salvage business is doing rather well in these bargain-hunting times. And you may be surprised to find that the use of salvaged materials in interior design is driven by women, not their supposedly super-handy-where-there's muck-there's-money-menfolk. 

abby trow with Lupe Pure cordless

It's very expensive, it's got unusual looks and it doesn't take up much space. So is it any good and is it worth the money? 

Pendant rose eco space dividers made from EchoPanel

Woven Image's EchoPanel is a brilliant lightweight material with myriad uses. It comes in stunning colours and patterns, it's eco-friendly - and it's got great acoustic properties too. Time to get creative!