Meeting the challenge of Climate change
12th Oct 2017
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, the UK will be warmer and wetter.
I wrote about this in my previous blog and I wanted to come back to it again because it has really been challenging my thinking when approaching a design project.
My first thought is that planting schemes and garden design need to respond to extreme weather conditions like heavy rainfall without compromising on aesthetics such as colour and structure. Thinking about how to avoid water logging is a good place to start.
Enhancing naturally occurring drainage in your garden by incorporating a dry bed in the garden design will encourage free drainage whilst creating the illusion of a dried up stream. Similarly stream beds can give the impression of an organically changing water source when allowed to drain in their construction.
Choosing plants whose leaf structures are adept at intercepting rainfall or are able to retain stability in water filled soil will help to future proof your garden.
To a garden designer, it is these challenges that are exciting. Problem solving is as important as aesthetics and it is for this reason that working with a garden designer can not only bring to life your vision but future proof your garden so that it can be enjoyed for years to come.