Planting & Design

Here is where the fun starts.....

 

One of many favourite jobs in the garden is putting in new planting schemes or rejuvenating older ones.

 

New planting schemes don't have to be enormous and cost thousands of pounds, and I often work with much smaller gardens who may just want ideas for a new border.

Many people are enthusiastic about their gardens however can understandably become overwhelmed and unsure about the vast choice and varieties of plants that are available to purchase.

 

Just a few of my favourites....
Hakonekloa
Hakonekloa

I love this grass. Beautiful, vibrant colour forming a lovely mound. Simply superb to lighten up shady areas, underplanting of trees or shrubs, or on waters edge

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise
Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise

The queen of hydrangeas. Flowers emerge pure white, then as they begin to age start to blush pink, like the cheeks of an embarrassed boy

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Veronicastrum
Veronicastrum

Much underused back of border perennial. Tall, strudy stems, with little rockets of twisted arrows. Look almost inflourescent

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Primula japonica 'Postford White' ~cu horz
Primula japonica 'Postford White' ~cu horz

Pompoms of white flowers spikes in early summer. A bog plant by nature it does like to have it on the wet side. Very useful in shady or streamside planting

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Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'

Reliable deciduous grass providing bottlebrush like seed head. For great effect, plant this where it will be back lit by the low suns in the autumn

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Foxgloves
Foxgloves

I love it when these just pop up randomly. Easy to grow, look after themselves, give height and drama and loved by bumblebees...what's not to love!

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Camassias
Camassias

These are plants grown from bulbs. They have tall spires of flowers in late spring to early summer. Great for borders but also for meadows or long grass areas

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Dicentra spectablis
Dicentra spectablis

Quite simply, how does nature make something so utterly beautiful?

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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

As small delicate tree with rich purple heart shaped leaves, turning even more spectacular in the autumn. Needs a bit of shelter

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Fatsia japonica
Fatsia japonica

Big, bold, evergreen, tropical plant. Surprisingly hardy and requires very little maintaining. Looks stunning in the right location

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What can I offer you?

I am a gardener & plants man who has been working hands on with the plants I design with for over 10 years. That time and experience gives me great knowledge on plants, how they behave, what care they need, and what other plants they compliment.

My design work focus on the soft elements of design such as the planting and soft landscaping. Whilst I don't have the skills myself in hard landscaping or construction, I often work alongside the people who are skilled in that area if I need to.

So my design work focuses on the planting and border design.

Plant Sourcing

I am able to source all planting at competitive prices, often for less than you would pay in a garden centre. I have good links with local trade nurseries, and can source anything from bulbs, obscure topiary, trees to large specimens for instant effect.

The Process

After you make the initial contact with me, we can spend some time on the phone talking about your project. I will take down some basic details and send you an electronic questionnaire for you to fill in, to give me more detail and depth and the garden you have currently, and the garden you would like to have. I will also request photographs of your garden and ideas of the budgets you have set aside for your project

After receiving your completed questionnaire I will visit you and your garden and spend further time talking with you and exploring what you have. This visit is free of charge and generally lasts around an hour.

From there I can go away and put together a report, drawings and/or ideas for your design. Prices for this start from £75 and you are under no obligation to go ahead with the project - though I hope of course you will