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Putting the Garden to bed

Just imagine waking up feeling worse for wear after a big night out & finding every cup, plate & surface is dirty from the night before. You probably would return to bed and hide rather than reaching for the sun. Gardens are no different in this winter period. The start of a new year inevitably brings with ...

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Right Plant Right Place

One of the fundamental garden design principles: right plant right place, is important because whatever you plant in your garden will effect everything else. Planting trees and tall shrubs will create dry conditions underneath; a pond will create moisture in the air; walls and hard paving create hot conditions; ...

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Working together to get the job done

One of the things I really enjoy about designing a new project is working together with the client to bring their vision to life. One of my current projects has been a new build property built on a brown field site with no established garden. There are always challenges inherent in the design process. The ...

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Small Change Big Difference



One of the first questions I often get asked about garden design is how much will it cost.  A very reasonable question as it’s important to have an idea of your budget at the beginning of the project. Each garden is different depending on its size & complexity. A variation in levels will mean there is ...

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'Hang Spring Cleaning!'

There is always a little thrill of anticipation for me when the days start to draw out. A reminder that in a world of uncertainties, you know where you are with the natural world. As sure as night follows day, out of Winter comes Spring. Changing weather patterns may be affecting the seasons but there is ...

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Meeting the challenge of Climate change

There has certainly been an irritability in the weather lately. The late summer never really materialised amongst the downpours but we were rewarded with some spectacular rainbows. Changes in climate will challenge gardeners and designers alike as highlighted in the RHS report, Gardening in a changing climate, ...

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Future proofing your garden in a changing climate

The RHS recently published a report on the impact of climate change on our gardens & choice of planting. Having recently returned from a holiday in Italy with temperatures of 34 degrees it got me thinking about to what extent is this already influencing design choices. The aesthetic pleasing nature of ...

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Dahlias - The Forgotten Favourite

Dahlias might seem a bit old fashioned now and are not the first choice on many garden designer’s planting plans. But I’ve been thinking about planting some this month. It’s not just the numerous delicate petals that appeals to me, nor the fact single dahlias are a beacon for bees. It’s that they ...

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Winter Reveals Structure and Shape of the Garden

Although the days are slowly drawing out, spring still feels a long way away and there doesn’t seem like there is much going on in your garden. The new year can provide you with an opportunity to reassess your garden. Winter reveals the structure and shapes of the space or lack of it. 

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Looking for Glorious Evergreens

 

Now that we’re moving ever closer to winter, the colour is draining away in the garden but this doesn’t have to be the case.  You don’t have to reach for the familiar evergreens to keep colour and interest, there are some lesser known alternatives to shake up your planting ...

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