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Love Your Garden With Thorndown Wood Paints

ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh is a firm favourite with gardeners across the nation. The heart-warming and sometimes heart-breaking stories take us on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the series.

What I particularly love to see are the amazing array of garden designs that the team come up with, year on year. The planting is so well thought out and the variety of designs from big country garden borders, to more minimalist sensory spaces and edible beds, means that you are never stuck for inspiration for your own gardens, no matter what you’re trying to achieve.

Colour always plays a huge part in the garden designs and this spreads from plant choices to garden accessories and the paint colour that garden buildings, furniture, fences, trellises and pergolas are painted in. Paint colour can be dictated by the style or theme of garden they’re designing, or used cleverly for practical benefits.

Episode 8, 2019 – Birmingham

A very moving story on a heroic young boy and the amazing charitable work that his mum carries out in his honour, ended the series with tears brimming from eyes.

Our Dulcote Stone Wood Paint was used on the upright posts in the garden flower beds, creating a sandy look to the design.

It was lovely to see such a beautiful space created for the family to enjoy. Another stunning garden design by the talented, dedicated, and very soggy Love Your Garden team.

Episode 4, 2019 – Oxford

The build in this episode was epic so I loaded the truck with paint tins, brushes, donned my painting clothes and drove down to help for a couple of days. It was great to see the team again and get stuck in with the transformation.

Icolyn Smith set-up a charitable foundation to help and serve food to homeless people. At 88 she still serves food in the soup kitchen she set-up and this episode gives back to an amazing lady.

Tuesday 1st October saw this fabulous garden design delivered by the Love Your Garden team, with a little help from me and a paint brush.

Summerhouse: Greymond Wood Paint on exterior and interior + Bishop Blue Wood Paint on the rear wall and kitchen units

Metal Plant Arch: Greymond Wood Paint

Corner Shed: Bishop Blue Wood Paint with stencilling in Greymond

Chairs: Sundowner OrangeRowan Berry RedGromwell Green & Bilberry Blue Wood Paint

Screening: RAL Design 140 60 05 Wood Paint

Pebble-dash Kitchen Wall: Greymond Wood Paint

Breeze Block Wall by Corner Shed: Bishop Blue Wood Paint


In 2018 we launched Thorndown Paints and were delighted to be working with the Love Your Garden team again. The first episode featured Betty who is visually impaired. She needed a beautiful garden to relax in, that was easy to maintain and navigate, whilst reflecting her vibrant personality.

Boundary fencing was painted with our Greymond Wood Paint; a subtle off-white that helped extend her boundaries and offer a stark contrast to planting, illuminating the plants and flowers. Further illumination and reflective light was created with the installation of large mirrors on some of the fencing. A large trellis pergola was also painted in Greymond to create a cool and relaxing seating area. Along with planters painted in Greymond and light slabs for the ground, the Love Your Garden team created a beautiful garden that was really easy for Betty to navigate and enjoy.

By painting the step returns and railings in a dark colour, Bishop Blue Wood Paint, the steps up into the garden are instantly so much easier to see with the depth of step clearly identifiable.

The central focus in the garden is the charming Henley Summerhouse from Forest Garden. The perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy life from, made to look so elegant painted in Bishop Blue wood paint with door and window frames painted with Greymond. Painting frames a different colour makes the door even easier for Betty to see, but also adds attractive highlights to buildings, breaking up large expanses of colour.


A lover of festivals was delighted with this fresh, fun and pretty garden, with an emphasis on uplifting colours. The Love Your Garden team painted the frame for the arbour seat in Reed Green wood paint with the refreshing Parlyte Green wood paint colour on the back. Frances added some pretty floral stencils to complete the feminine celebratory feel.

A storage shed on the other side of the arbour was also painted with the pretty Parlyte Green wood paint, incorporating Reed Green on the fascia.


The Love Your Garden team really excelled in this garden, and not one member of the family was left out. A potting shed was painted in Dormouse Grey wood paint on the outside with Bath Cream on the interior to give it warmth and light.

The family dog was spoilt with a water barrel and bed, and the children had a mud kitchen made for them, all painted with Reed Green wood paint.

And for the main man, a bar was built in a garden room to entertain friends and family, painted in Lead Grey wood paint with RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey on the shelf.