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10 garden accessory ideas from Black Country Metal Work

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Nov 2015 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Wrought Iron Kadai Fire Bowl Black Country Metal Works

I have recently been in touch with Black Country Metal Works.  They’re a family run company based in Shropshire and home to the country’s largest outdoor display of decorative metal work, as well as the county’s only interactive forge offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the craft of metalworking.

Their portfolio of work is extensive, ranging from interior decorations and ornaments to sculpture, accessories and furniture for the garden so I thought it might be nice to share some ideas for adding the finishing touches to your garden…

1. Rooster weather vane

Rooster Weather Vane Black Country Metal Works

We have a weather vane on the roof of our house and it’s amazing how often we look at it.  I guess because we now live on the side of a hill so it’s often windy!  But I think they add a bit of character, especially in the countryside.  You can see the full range of their weather vanes here.

2. Copper outdoor corner lantern

Victorian copper corner lamp Black Country Metal Works

This photograph was taken in Norway by one of their clients and I think the copper finish helps to bring a bit of warmth to the scene.  Corner lamps are a cute way to light both walls of the house.

3. Armillary Sundials

Profatius Armillary Sundial Black Country Metal Works

Focal points in the garden draw you outside and garden art can take many forms.  I love these Armillary sundials which bring a bit of history as well as interest in the garden not to mention the ability to tell the time (if you’re without your watch of mobile phone!).

4. Garden candlelights

Shepherds Crook Lantern Black Country Metal Works

Ambient lighting in the garden can be as simple as using candles and these lanterns hang on a shepherd’s hook so have the added bonus of being mobile.  They come in a range of colours too.

5. Plant Supports

Swivel stick garden plant support Black Country Metal Works

Plant supports come in many guises, from obelisks to trellis to twigs of hazel, but I thought these twisted supports were quite fun.

6. Kadai iron fire pit

Kadai bowl lit Black Country Metal Works

I love a bonfire, who doesn’t, and we’ve had a few since we’ve been here.  It takes me back to my childhood when my mum used to put potatoes in the embers to bake…somehow they always tasted so much better!

Fire pits are really popular now and these Kadai fire bowls are just the ticket if you want to warm things up a bit.  The photograph at the top of the post is a close-up of one of the bowls when it’s not in full swing.  You can find full details of their fire pit range here.

7. Garden Cloches

Garden Cloche Black Country Metal Works

Garden cloches add a bit of additional structure and of course are perfect for a potager or vegetable garden where they also have a purpose of nurturing young plants.

8. Iron bench

Cornish bench Black Country Metal Works

Benches come in all shapes and sizes and I thought this pretty iron bench gives a sense of an English summer.  As you know, I love using benches as focal points as they make you want to journey down the garden so if its main purpose is to be looked at then why not choose something a little more ornate.

9. Bistro Table and Chairs

Amorettia bistro table and chairs Black Country Metal Works

Even in large gardens it’s nice to have a more intimate area to sit.  Bistro table and chairs are perfect for small spaces whether that’s somewhere to eat breakfast or in a small courtyard garden where you don’t have the space for anything else.

Black Country Metal Work have a full range of different furniture so it’s worth a look.  Full range is here.

10. Ornate round planter

Decorative circular pot Black Country Metal Works

Planters come in many shapes and sizes and these are a bit different.  This particular planter is cast in aluminium and is available in a range of colours and there are other shapes and sizes too.


I hope we’ve given you a bit of inspiration.  Do go and have a look at the Black Country Metal Works website if you want to see more.

Gorgeous garden accessories by Mia Fleur

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Aug 2015 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

White stone pots by Mia Fleur

I’ve recently come across Mia Fleur, a family run online boutique selling gorgeous garden and interior products which are partly designed and handmade by them in the UK and partly sourced from British designer makers combined with a selection of home accessories and gifts which have been sourced from the UK and abroad. Read more

Stylish & affordable garden accessories by La Hacienda

0 Written by Lisa on 28th May 2015 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Contemporary chiminea by La Hacienda Lisa Cox

I’ve recently been introduced to La Hacienda who specialise in stylish and affordable garden accessories. Not all of us have pots of money to spend on our gardens but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise of style. Read more

My outdoor living article for M&S Bank

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Mar 2014 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Designing your garden for outdoor living article M&S Bank Lisa Cox Designs

I’m excited to show you the finished article I’ve written for M&S Bank which went live on their website this week. Read more

My life as a Garden Designer – January highlights…

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Feb 2012 in From the drawing board, Inspiration

So what is it that we garden designers do all day?  There are many schools of thought about what we do and often they include something about being outside a lot.  The reality of my life as a garden designer is that I am only “outside” when I am either on site making a planned visit during the construction phase of the project or when I am planting up a garden after the hard landscaping has been finished. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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