Design Ideas – inspiration or sweat?

Design ideas come from everywhere and everything, sometimes you immerse yourself in an idea, work at it and develop it, then it sits in the back of your mind and simmers slowly. I find the ‘simmering time’ vital as  you take the idea, push and pull it...

Top Garden Trends for 2015

In the world of fashion for Spring 2015, navy is the ‘new black’, the pattern is gingham and the style of jacket is ‘kimono cool’. A couple of months ago I brought a kimono style jacket for a change and I am delighted to be ‘kimono...

A Woodland Garden – final phase – soft landscaping….

The final phase of landscaping is the installation of a paved circle for a sitting area, lawn and plant bed preparation.  Soil preparation is the key to good strong plant growth.  The plant bed area is cleared of unwanted vegetation and bricks, concrete, stones etc...

A Woodland Garden – Transformation – stage 1 – removals…

The transformation of a garden from the old layout to the new design is always an exciting time for both the garden designer and the client.  The size and scale of the landscaping works can take clients aback, especially in the early days of the project.  In the case...

“The Holly Bears a Berry….”

The Holly is the plant linked to the Christmas season and we celebrate it in many advent carols. It is a great evergreen and bright plant for a garden border with seasonal berries.  I have also used it in a design to surround part of a sitting area to add a focus and...

Jobs to do in the Garden in November ….

As I write this, it is raining hard, the wind is blowing strongly around our garden and autumn leaves flying everywhere.  The first frosts of the season are about to arrive, the clocks have gone back and it is time for hearty autumn and winter soups to warm you up...