Last call for spring bulbs…

October and November are when most spring flowering bulbs become available at garden centres and nurseries. The priority for most people tend to be Daffodils (Narcissi) and Tulips (Tulipa species). The time at which they actually flower varies from one variety to another – by choosing varieties carefully you can have daffs and tulips in…… Continue reading Last call for spring bulbs…

Planning for Winter Interest…

Winter tends to be thought of as a time when gardens go to sleep. Trees and shrubs lose their leaves, perennials die back to ground level, and bulbs are dormant below ground. Evergreens may keep their leaves all year round, but they don’t do anything interesting in the winter, do they? And as for flowers,…… Continue reading Planning for Winter Interest…

Flowers into Autumn

Now that the weather is turning colder, and the days becoming shorter, many of the plants we rely on for summer colour have finished flowering. But there are many perennials that flower late, allowing us to extend the season well into autumn. Asters, for instance, will have been inconspicuous in the borders as steadily growing…… Continue reading Flowers into Autumn

Designing for the colour blind

…or more accurately; those with Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) This is not something you might automatically think about, but it’s an example of a specific requirement clients may have, and which garden designers will need to consider. The organisation Colour Blind Awareness say the most common form of CVD is red-green, where sufferers have difficulty…… Continue reading Designing for the colour blind

Rhododendron Season…

April and May are the months when rhododendrons bloom. These flamboyant plants produce an incredible show, but they need acid soil to thrive, and if yours tends towards the neutral, or alkaline spectrum, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle. Better to grow plants that will love your conditions. But there are plenty of places across…… Continue reading Rhododendron Season…

Virtual Chelsea

The Chelsea flower show has been postponed until later in the year (September), but the RHS are putting on a ‘Virtual Chelsea’ this week, with lots of interesting on-line features, articles and interviews. Enjoy Chelsea from the comfort of your living room: RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show / RHS Gardening

Time to get started…

Spring is a good time to have a new garden designed. There is an incredible energy and positivity, with gardens and the natural landscape bursting into growth, and into bloom, all around us. Summer is on its way, and it’s the ideal time to get construction work done without the delays caused by inclement weather.…… Continue reading Time to get started…