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Tips on Creating a Wild and Natural Garden

A garden landscape does not always need to be designed with precise lines and neatly trimmed shrubs to be a beautiful haven. A wild and more natural approach to your outdoor space can be just as visually wonderful and can result in attracting more wildlife. Natural landscaping will connect you more to nature, while requiring less maintenance once established.   Planting for a Natural Landscape The informal nature of wild and natural landscaping creates relaxing environments where all the elements flow in a natural manner. Evergreen shrubs offer a good foundation point regardless of the overall style when complete. These [...]

By |2020-06-17T10:20:39+01:00June 15th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Plant Combinations, Transformations|Comments Off on Tips on Creating a Wild and Natural Garden

Choosing a Waterfall for Your Garden

Adding a waterfall to your garden is a great way to add character, a feature point which can transform your outdoor space. Not only do they look good, the sound of running water is soothing to many. By incorporating a water feature into your landscaping design it will also help oxygenate a pond and keep the water fresh and clean. There are many styles which can be used. The Natural Look A pond fed by a faux babbling brook provides a beautiful, natural looking water feature. The natural feel can be complemented by the surrounding planting, with leafy greens emphasising [...]

By |2020-05-15T13:42:15+01:00May 13th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Garden Art, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Choosing a Waterfall for Your Garden

Your Vegetable Garden Can Be Beautiful

A vegetable garden does not have to be rows of monotonous green. It can be every bit as pleasing on the eye as any other style of garden. An area measuring 20ft by 20ft can produce a good range of crop varieties a stone’s throw from your kitchen.  Stepping out in to your garden to pick fresh vegetables, salad leaves, herbs and fruits for your meals is one of life’s pleasures. When landscaping an outdoor space, a vegetable garden can be beautiful, practical and provide for low maintenance gardening. Image by congerdesign from Pixabay  Let’s Get Started Making raised beds part of your [...]

By |2020-04-30T13:12:22+01:00April 24th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Front Gardens|Comments Off on Your Vegetable Garden Can Be Beautiful

Landscaping Design Ideas for Your Front Garden

A beautiful front garden welcomes you back home and can provide endless visual pleasure and inspiration. It also sets the tone for how other people view your house on arrival. Yet when landscaping your front garden space you will want to make it functional for you as well as aesthetically pleasing. Its upkeep and maintenance should also be a pleasure and not a chore.    Native Plants Mapping out your landscaping plans helps get the end results you desire. By using native plants which are already adapted to the local climate you can reduce the time required in looking after [...]

By |2020-04-30T13:09:55+01:00April 16th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Front Gardens, Grasses, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Landscaping Design Ideas for Your Front Garden

Planting to Attract Bees in to Your Garden

The gentle buzz of the bee in the garden is a quintessential spring and summer sound. By pollinating plants and fruit they also provide gardeners an invaluable service while they flit between flowers. However, the number of bees in the UK has seen a dramatic decline in recent times, a fact which should concern us all.  When landscaping your garden or when planning this year’s planting scheme, there are a number of ways to help attract these vital pollinators. Image by shell_ghostcage from Pixabay  Planting Native Species First and foremost, you will want to grow a variety of plants which can provide nectar [...]

By |2020-04-02T17:10:49+01:00April 1st, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Garden Art, Insects|Comments Off on Planting to Attract Bees in to Your Garden

Rare plants man- Garden Design

The Rare Plants Man When he could hardly move around his Henfield back garden, Steve Law’s decided to relocate his nursery of Rare Plants. With a generous start up grant from one of his gardening clients, Miss Green, he moved to Small Dole in 2011 and built a whole succession of sheds, polytunnels and raised beds to commit to his passion- rare plants. He is still moved today when he talks about the help Miss Green gave him. “She was 97 and loved her plants. I couldn’t have done it without her”. Working as a gardener half the week, he [...]

By |2020-05-12T11:06:31+01:00November 14th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Rare plants man- Garden Design

April is the coolest Month

Giving your garden the Spring it deserves April is the busiest time of the year so there are lots of Shoulds in April. You should have cleared the last of the Winter debris and now begin sowing and planting in earnest. You should be thinking of planting up Summer bulbs and bedding. You should be putting down the last of your mulch on beds to prevent Spring weeds. You should be thinking of buying in some colourful plants for the late Spring and Summer. BUT- You should also, like an enormous bath sponge, be soaking up the beauty of nature. [...]

By |2019-05-02T06:39:55+01:00March 5th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on April is the coolest Month

A garden designer’s delight – Leonardslee Gardens

Leonardslee Gardens To Open Again The greatest woodland garden in the UK is set to reopen in West Sussex with an excitement for nature lovers akin to Willy Wonka opening up his doors. With spectacular displays of Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Leonardslee is world famous. Andrew Staib, principle garden designer for Glorious Gardens Sussex, goes on a tour of the gardens with Head Gardener, Ray Abrahams. For 8 years, the 240 acres of Leonardslee has been a neglected place. But when Penny Streeter bought the property and gardens in 2017 work started immediately. Last year Ray Abrahams was brought in to [...]

By |2019-03-05T04:58:38+00:00March 5th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on A garden designer’s delight – Leonardslee Gardens

Gardens in February

Brightening up February February can be a joyless month in the garden. Andrew Staib from Glorious Gardens takes a look at plants that will light up your garden. February is a tricky month. Sometimes clear days have us running out to turn over the soil and dig in some compost, other days have us sheltering indoors looking out of a rainy window. If you are one of those gardeners who don’t start visiting their local nursery until Spiring and then buying the flowering plants you see, you will miss out on the January and February performers. We can embolden our [...]

By |2019-03-05T04:54:15+00:00March 5th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Gardens in February

How can an ancient Chinese philosophy of life help us appreciate our gardens this January?

How can an ancient Chinese philosophy of life help us appreciate our gardens this January? Most simply, the theory of Yin and Yang describes a world being made up not of opposite and opposing forces, but an experience in life where events and things are actually connected, sometimes complimentary and more often interdependent. So Winter is not the opposite of Summer but they are two sides of the same coin that transform into each other and rely on each other. One is not bad and the other good, but that they are two experiences that we can bring ourselves into [...]

By |2019-03-05T04:49:42+00:00March 5th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on How can an ancient Chinese philosophy of life help us appreciate our gardens this January?