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Plant Display

Plant Display is an important part of any garden important as it enables you to show your plants off to their best - whether on a balcony, patio, garden, greenhouse, conservatory etc. Whether you are looking for a hanging basket, planters or even standard plant stands, Two Wests & Elliott can help with your plant display requirements.

Plant Display Staging
Our Plant Display Staging has been designed specifically for good display and easy care of plants - the idea is to see your plants and not the staging - and this is why it has been popular with garden centres, department stores and florists for displaying pot plants and cut flowers. For the home gardener, this display staging is ideal for use in the conservatory, greenhouse or in the house and will give many years of service.
The plant display staging allows easy access for watering and maintenance, and grouping the plants will help them to provide humidity for each other. Sun-loving plants can be arranged to give shade to the non-sunlovers.
A strong rotproof tubular aluminium structure connected by robust black nylon joints, the framework is simple to erect and dismantle - the only tool you need is a rubber or wooden mallet. Into the resulting framework fit aluminium trays. The trays are not watertight, but we supply as an optional extra, thin clear watertight liners. Black water mats are also available to make watering even simpler.
This plant staging is extremely light and can easily be moved. Being simple to split into sections it can be modified at any time - just ask us for the extra components. Because of the simplicity of the staging, we can produce this plant display staging to any shape or size. If you have a large conservatory or greenhouse and you would like us to design and quote to your requirements please contact us.
Planters
Planters are ideal for greening areas where there is no open soil - balconies, patios or roof gardens. So if you've only got a small outdoor space available you can easily add colour and scent using planters.
Choosing the correct size of planter to suit what is going to be grown within is important for healthy plant growth. When growing annuals, perennials, small or large shrubs, usually the larger the planter the better. A large planter means a greater amount of compost, so protecting your plants from extremes of moisture and temperature.
When placing planters in your garden, remember that when planted up they will weigh heavy, so spend a little time at the start making sure you've chosen the correct position for the planter. When growing climbers, either select a planter that is fitted with an obelisk or place the planter against a wall of fence where you will be able to put a trellis for the plants to cling to.
Obelisks & Arches
An Obelisk is basically a column (or pyramid) that is wider at the base than it is at the top where the poles of the obelisk meet. Obelisks come in a wide array of sizes and styles - some are designed to be anchored into the ground, others are designed to be fitted into planters. Garden Obelisks are usually a minimum of 1 metre high - this size is best for lightweight climbers. You'll find obelisks made from willow or timber and others from metal - which you choose is very dependent on the style of garden you are fitting it into. Obelisks are useful for your garden in two ways. Firstly, they provide a strong support for climbing plants - whether these are decorative such as clematis, or practical, such as runner beans. And secondly, they create an instant focal point in your garden - even without a plant climbing through it.
Garden Arches are an ideal way of adding structure to your garden - they can be used as a 'doorway' between different areas of your garden, or use an arch to frame a feature within your garden - such as a statue - or use an arch to frame a view. You'll find arches made from timber or metal and in designs that are rustic or modern - simply select the style to compliment your garden. Ideally arches should be 2 metres tall or taller and be over a metre wide - this allows them to be comfortably walked through whilst still supplying a strong plant support for climbers with hanging foliage such as honeysuckle, roses, clematis etc.
Garden Stakes & Supports
Garden Staking is the easy way to provide support to your plants - stopping them from drooping down or falling over. Some plants in your garden will always need to be staked - these include hollyhocks and delphiniums which would be knocked over in wind or rain if not supported. Some plants need more support than others - those with heavy clusters of flowers or slender stems (such as snapdragons, asters, dahlias, zinnias etc). With these plants you can choose whether to provide support or not - left unsupported, these types of plants might flop over onto other plants to gain support, but you may be happy with this if you've got a cottage garden.
For those plants that produce tall, single spikes, provide them with their own stake. The stake should be pushed into the ground 2-3 inches from the plant stem and pushed into the ground so that it stands securely. Then, using garden twine, tie each plant to the stake every 6 inches along the height of the stem. Continue to tie the plant to the stake as it grows - the final tie should be at the base of the flower spike. If you don't want to use garden twine, use clips like our Twist Clips or Adjustable Ties to anchor the plant to the stake. Plants that are grown in clumps - asters or coreopsis for example - can be supported using circular supports - such as our Gard'n'Hoop Plant Supports. These provide discrete support whilst still allowing the plants to retain a natural shape on top.
Ideally provide garden stakes in the spring, before your plants become too tall. In this way your plants will have constant support and the garden supports will be hidden as the plants put on more growth.
Hanging Basket Accessories
Hanging Baskets are one of the simplest ways of adding colour to your garden or plant display but do need regular attention to keep them looking at their best. Top of the list when it comes to looking after hanging baskets is watering. Like other plants in containers, plants growing in hanging baskets are surrounded by very little compost so they soon use up the moisture in the compost and so need to be watered regularly to remain healthy - you will need to water them daily, in the height of summer even twice a day. There are a wide range of products available to make watering your hanging baskets easy an efficient - from the simple Iriso Watering Spikes to automatic drip watering systems, such as our Tropf Blumat watering system. When growing plants in hanging baskets - or in containers or planters - we always recommend that you mix in Watering Retaining Granules into the compost when planting. These soak up masses of water and release it slowly to your plants, making watering even easier.

Hanging baskets are often hard to reach as they are fixed high up on a wall - for easy watering and maintenance fit a Hilo between basket and bracket and this will allow you to easily raise and lower the basket as needed.

You can start to prepare your summer hanging baskets from April onwards - but you do have to be careful as they will need frost protection. Ideally plant them up and leave them hanging in your greenhouse for a couple of weeks before transferring outside - this gives your plants more time to establish. You can fix hanging baskets in your greenhouse using our Fixing Supports and S Hooks to provide a strong hanging point.

Plant Stands
Our Plant Stands are designed to show your plants off to their best. The stands let you create spectacular plant displays but still have easy access for care and watering. Originally designed for shops selling house plants and cut flowers, the stepped design of these plant stands makes them suitable for many other applications.
The framework of our plant stands is constructed of lightweight durable aluminium tube connected by strong, black reinforced nylon joints. Our standard plants stands are made from uncoated bright silver aluminium. However the stands are also available in a green painted finish (costing 50% more than standard). The surfaces of the stands are formed using recessed aluminium trays with rolled edges which simply rest on the framework. For easy watering you can add to the trays an optional watertight vacuum formed clear liner and water matting.
The sizes of our plant stands are based on our trays which are 21" x 8ó". We have our standard range of 30 different sized stands. Or, if one of our standard sizes doesn't suit, we can make them to virtually any size.
Topiary
Topiary is the art of trimming and shaping plants into ornamental shapes - these could be an object or a geometric shape (such as a pyramid or cone). Topiary can be carried out in your garden, in containers or for tabletop displays. Formal gardens often feature topiary and it can also be featured in a kitchen garden with the topiary shaped into whimsical characters. Container topiary provides more flexibility as you can group containers together, change displays through the year and add other plants into the containers to accentuate the design. Tabletop topiary is often done using ivy or herbs and is popular for events, such as weddings, parties or Christmas.
Topiary requires you to be able to trim, weave and train plants into all different shapes and sizes. Traditionally topiary is formed using evergreens (box or yew are popular) so that you create a permanent feature. For the best finish, you need to use either a very sharp pair of hand shears or a lightweight electric hedge trimmer. We stock specialist topiary equipment such as Hand Shears which let you precisely trim and shape with minimum effort.
Plant Display Spares
Our Plant Display Staging has a range of optional extras and plant display spares, making it even more versatile.
Extra trays are available and can be added to the display staging beneath the display areas so you have some storage space.
For ease of watering, clear water watertight liners are available to rest within the trays of the staging. A thick, black water matting is available to fit each tray and is designed to help to regulate the watering of your plants.
The display staging is easy to modify if your requirements change. We can supply any plant display spare parts you need to extend the staging or split the staging into separate sections.
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