Gardening continues to be popular amongst Brits, with retailers seeing significant increases in spending on garden related products as the weather gets warmer and drier. With April and May set to be sunny with temperatures reaching 21°C, summerhouse experts Scotts of Thrapston are expecting a busy Harrogate Flower Show as customers look to make improvements to their gardens.

Scotts will be exhibiting a selection of its best-selling summerhouses at the North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) show including the Newhaven Corner Summerhouse, The Sun Ray Garden Room, the Baltimore octagonal summerhouse and the RHS Centenary Arbour on stand GS18.

The timber buildings specialist will once again be collaborating with designer Katie Alice to give customers the chance to see styled summerhouses on display and offer ideas for making a summerhouse fit into customers’ lifestyles and gardens.

Soaring sales of summerhouses
Fourth generation Scott family member and director, James Scott, says summerhouses have never been more popular and Harrogate is the ideal place to choose the perfect garden building. James says: “In 2014 we had our best ever year of summerhouse sales, selling more summerhouses than in any other 12 month period in our 95 year history. Our success is partly down to the diverse selection of designs within the range, but also thanks to our commitment to ensuring customers have the very best quality of service as well as a quality finished product.

“Our comprehensive selection of summerhouses caters for all requirements, from the functional RHS Arbour with its useful storage space and seating area to our Newhaven, which can be situated in a corner. Our rotating base, which is compatible with all of our octagonal buildings, is also extremely popular allowing the room to be rotated to follow the sun or shade.”

Form combined with function
The company has found that summerhouses allow flexibility when it comes to garden enhancement. James continues: “Customers have informed us that our summerhouses offer a different option for adding extra space rather than calling in the builders. They are becoming more popular than conservatories because people like the fact they are separate from the house.

“A summerhouse is an investment that not only adds value and intrigue to a property, but also provides increased enjoyment from a garden.”

“An electricity supply can be installed into a summerhouse so that it can be fully utilised during the colder nights and darker evenings. Having electricity installed also dramatically increases the number of activities that can be enjoyed in a summerhouse including listening to the radio, watching TV, home working or creating an exercise room or gym.”

The range on show at Harrogate

One of Scott’s larger designs, the Sun Ray Garden Room, is ideal for entertaining all year round with adequate space to seat up to eight people in comfort. The traditional style building has a slate effect glass fibre roof with a cedar shingle roof option also available.

The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse is thoughtfully designed for a corner setting with careful consideration given to the use of space. This summerhouse opens up to create a spacious airy room and, as with any of Scotts summerhouses (excepting the Polebrook), can be specified with a shelf feature as an optional extra within the back panel. The shelf, featuring two diamond leaded windows, provides additional storage for drinks, books or a radio to be close to hand.

A popular classic summerhouse, the Baltimore features three attractive diamond-shaped leaded windows to the rear, lockable doors with casement style windows and brass ironmongery to finish. Extending the seasons, the windows can be opened up during a warm day or closed to provide a garden retreat when the weather is cooler.

As with all of Scotts’ octagonal summerhouses, the Baltimore can be specified with an optional rotating base which takes inspiration from Victorian gardens. Allowing the summerhouse to turn easily to follow the sun as it moves throughout the day or to simply change the view of the garden, rotating garden buildings were a particular favourite of George Bernard Shaw. As can be expected from Scotts’, every last detail is carefully considered and the rotating base is always hidden by a timber skirting to match the chosen colour finish.

The RHS Centenary Arbour offers a combination of practicality and quality design. Compact enough to slot into the smallest of gardens it provides a large tool store and a covered seating area for a chance to relax at the end of the day after the hard work is done.

The 2015 Harrogate Spring Flower Show runs from 23 to 26 April and is open between 9.30am and 5.30pm (4.30pm Sunday). The Scotts of Thrapston display can be found in the shopping area, on stand GS18.