Wood as an Ethical Resource in the Garden

Wood can be used in several locations in your garden including fencing, compost bins, support structures, bed edging and garden furniture. The versatility of the material makes it very popular to use in the garden. However, with the increased awareness of climate...

Pesticides

A great deal of any gardener’s time is spent dealing with destructive garden pests. Chemical pesticides can be fast and effective, but they bring with them a whole host of nasty side effects. They have a big impact on the environment as a whole,...

Armchair gardening

Kate Spray ( Garden Designer) has written a helpful article for Berrie Garden Design  to help us make the best of winter plants. Now is the perfect time to reassess your garden and make a plan. Without all the deciduous growth that arrives in spring, it is easier to...

A guide to planters

A Guide to Planters When decorating your home plant pots are often an afterthought, but choosing the right planters can set the theme of your property by either subtly complimenting its features or even creating a striking focal point. In recent years the search for...

Lighting in the garden

Extend the use of your garden with low voltage plug & play garden lighting. Low voltage plug and play garden lighting So what is low voltage plug & play garden lighting? Quite simply it’s a 12V system that consists of a transformer, a mains cable and garden...

Favourite resources from 2014 …so far

Versatile,elegant,practical paving Paving can be one of the most expensive items of a design. The stone and tray drain covers for this garden in my portfolio were sourced from  London Stone Company Self watering planters One of the most common problem with planters is...

Small town garden

Before photo of the area outside the house.No seating area. After photo of the area outside the house. Note the grapevine on the right has been retained. The deck was installed by Earthcare. Before - the garden borders were overgrown with plants which provided little...

Plant design in the Spring

Bleeding hearts and blue bells looking stunning in the shade. This garden was designed and built a year ago and the spring flowers are gorgeous. In the same garden as the one above I planted this combination of dark tulips and alliums and the combination is stunning....

Winter cheer

Here is a fantastic example of the vibrant colours of Dogwoods ( Cornus) at RHS Wisley One of my busy clients asked me to cheer up her existing troughs and hanging baskets. The designs worked well and brought a clean fresh look to the front of the house. This is one...

Lawn reshapes and added planting for colour all year

Both these gardens had an existing lawn and they were reshaped in different ways to give interest to the garden but also to allow maximum space for children to use. The planting accommodated shady and sunny aspects of the garden and trees were added to give height,...

GARDEN SURFACES

Garden surfaces can make or break the design of a garden. I have been dealing with a few gardens in the last few weeks where the clients have not always found it easy to select the best surface.  Factors to consider when selecting a surface are the style of the garden...

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Earlier this year I had to remove a cone shaped box plant from this spot because of box caterpillar. New and existing plants have been grateful for the extra space. I love the self seeded poppy with the zebra grass. ...

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Last year this clients garden had a bare corner and narrow border. I put a design in place to reshape the lawn in that area with a planting plan. I supplied the plants and the client did all the hard work of planting and maintaining the border. The hard work has certainly paid off as this is a wonderful transformation of that area. In another year the climbers would have grown to obscure the fence a bit more but so far so good. ...

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I love this easy to grow Physostegia Crystal Peaks. Not often seen in the nurseries but should be. ...

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I set out these plants in new borders for the landscapers to plant and got this lovely review. Can't wait to take photos in a few months after they have all settled in and grown.

Thank you for all your help. We are really pleased with the planting. The plants are a lovely mix, the whites and lighter plants really stand out at dusk and the red robins are all turning pink on top. A vast improvement!
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The landscaper built the raised beds in 2017 and soon after I did the plant design. In 2017/2018 we planted it up.It has taken some time to mature but looks stunning this year. Pam one of the gardeners on our team looks after the garden and has done an amazing job maintaining it. ...

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