I love a garden magazine, and when I hear the letterbox rattle and the thud as it lands on the doormat, it is one of my favourite sounds of the month!
Magazines are a great source of information, ideas and inspiration and their glossy photographs allow you to be transported to so many places without leaving the comfort of your own armchair, perfect in these current times.
For many of us, this is the time of year when our attention turns to plans for our own gardens, and if this is something you are considering, I would be happy to discuss your ideas with you. Please visit my website at www.sandhurstgardendesign.co.uk to view the latest projects and testimonials from clients. Under the current Government guidelines, I can continue to operate through the new lockdown in a safe and fully COVID-19 compliant manner.
Garden Designers take their inspiration from all sorts of things and re-creating a little piece of some of the great gardens of the world is one of them.
The Renaissance gardens of Europe including the Villa d’Este in Italy and The Palace of Versailles in France were built to delight and as a show of wealth and importance, perhaps this translates into the wow factor of our gardens today?
The gardens of China and Japan were designed to work in harmony with nature and used rocks, gravel and water to symbolise this. This style of garden is still extremely popular with its beauty and simplicity used to create a tranquil place to relax and contemplate.
The notion to work in harmony with nature was not lost on the famous garden designer Capability Brown who created many of the impressive landscapes that we are familiar with today, such as Stowe Park, Bowood and Stourhead.
I have found this is something that clients are keen to do in their own garden, and whilst they might not have a rolling parkland, and just a small garden, they want to create a haven for wildlife and insects by carefully choosing plants, trees and shrubs to support their numbers, so even the smallest of space can make a positive difference.
In 2021 I believe that sustainability will be one of the key factors to consider when designing the gardens of the future and the planting and landscaping used will reflect this. Drought tolerant plants will be key to the amount of water we supply to our gardens as the climate gets warmer, so those Mediterranean gardens of Europe will be a great source of inspiration.
Designing and building a new garden in 2021 will have its challenges as with all years, but this year perhaps more than ever the garden will symbolize hope for better times ahead.
Until next time