The end of last month marked a couple of anniversaries for me. It was 5 years since I qualified as a Garden Designer and 3 years since I started writing my column ‘Up the Garden Path’ in the Conduit Magazine which I hope you enjoy and find useful.
Spring has seen a busy start to the year here at Sandhurst Garden Design. Sherborne Garden Angels have already built two of my designs, with others ongoing or waiting to make at start, and I have more on my drawing board.
A new season in the garden brings excitement and is the perfect time to try something new. Now is a great time of year to see what the specialist nurseries and garden centres have in stock and for you to get outside and freshen up your garden borders.
When I visit my clients for their initial garden design consultation meeting, part of the process is to complete a questionnaire. This is a great way for me to get to know my clients a little better and find out what they have on their wish list, as well as to focus on the types of materials they would like to use.
Time to live the dream! Even the smallest of gardens can allow you to think big – so by assessing what you have already, using some design techniques and some clever planting you can make the best of your plot, and of course it goes without saying I would be delighted to help you create your perfect garden.
During the winter months gardens provide a vital source of food for our native and visiting birds when they need us most. Encouraging birds to visit your garden is easy and extremely rewarding, and all you need to do is consider a few simple things, food, shelter and water.
Seasonal greetings to you all – as I am writing this, England has just been put into lockdown, and whilst this will be a daunting prospect, there are still some jobs that can be done in your December garden to get you outside for some fresh air and restore some calm to your thoughts.
November is the month traditionally for firework displays, hot dogs and gathering around a huge fire to celebrate, but sadly this will be yet another event affected this year by the virus restrictions.
Including a water feature in your garden has many benefits; it creates movement, provides a relaxing sound that can help to mask un-wanted noise, for example the sound of a busy road and, importantly will encourage wildlife to visit you.
What glorious spring weather we are having and I am so lucky to have fabulous countryside walks right on our doorstep to enjoy as part of our daily exercise. Whilst walking I remembered a lovely holiday we had in North Devon a few years ago. The verges and hedgerows were jam packed with wildflowers attracting all sorts of wildlife, there is something quite magical about seeing a field of poppies gently swaying in the breeze.
January proved to be a busy month to kick start the New Year. We attended the Marshalls Regional Road Show in Exeter with Sherborne Garden Angels and had a chance to preview their new and exciting range of garden and driveway paving materials. Despite the very wet and windy drive to Exeter, we had a really nice evening and got the chance to ask the Marshalls experts questions about their new products.
A good selection of evergreen shrubs is essential for your garden. They provide backbone and structure and give that all important year round interest. They are easy to care for and respond well to careful pruning at the correct time of year.
As I write my article for this month, I am gazing out the window at my own garden and am appreciating how important it is to have a focal point and evergreen shrubs in the garden at this time of the year.
How lucky were we! In mid-September we chose perfect weather to enjoy a well earned holiday in the Cotswolds. It was a little bit of a busman’s holiday in that we visited several gardens – but what a perfect time to see them resplendent in their autumn colours.
What a great time we had at this year’s Taunton Flower Show. In January I started to think about the design for my show garden. I did some research and discovered that in July it would be the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing – such an incredible achievement for mankind, and I thought this would make a perfect theme for my garden.
When you start to look closely at nature, you will see spirals and curves everywhere from sea shells to fir cones, and when they are used in garden design create a pleasing effect using hard landscaping materials, plants or even your lawn.
Boundary walls and fences mark the edge of your property and form a major part of any design scheme. Your choice should complement the hard landscaping to create a harmonious effect, forming a back drop to your planting or a structure for climbers.
First impressions count! With more pressure than ever to make the most of our space, with less on street parking available, and new homes being built without driveways, many households have swapped their front garden grass for concrete.