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Best Echinacea Varieties for the Garden

Echinaceas provide striking colours to a garden, blooming from mid-summer through to mid-autumn. Commonly called coneflowers, these easy to grow plants work well alongside other perennials.  They are ideal plants when considering prairie-style gardening, their height and range of colours complementing the ornamental grasses employed in this increasing popular type of garden.  There are a good number of echinacea varieties to select from, but whichever best suits your planting scheme their colourful flowers will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies in to your garden. Some varieties to consider include: Echinacea Purpurea ‘Magnus’ This is one of the more common [...]

By |2020-10-06T13:41:26+01:00October 6th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Front Gardens, Garden Art|Comments Off on Best Echinacea Varieties for the Garden

Landscaping Ideas for the Side Garden

When landscaping your house, it can be all too easy to overlook the outdoor space at the side of the house. Our attention is often focussed on the front and back garden only, yet a well-thought-out side garden can provide a perfect link between the two. Regardless of how wide the space is, there are many ways to take advantage of this additional outside area. An Attractive Through-way A combination of paving and attractive planting can provide for a visually appealing side garden, one which ideally complements both the front and back garden areas.  Pathways can be practical and interesting [...]

By |2020-09-22T14:27:37+01:00September 22nd, 2020|Articles, Blog, Garden Art, Plant Combinations|Comments Off on Landscaping Ideas for the Side Garden

A Retaining Wall Can Add Aesthetic Appeal To Your Garden

When landscaping a garden, a retaining wall can be an ideal solution in making the most out of your outdoor space. The planting scheme understandably takes up a lot of the focus, but the overall aesthetic appeal of a garden involves more than just shrubs and flowers.  A retaining wall not only helps level out areas of the garden to give you more planting options, but they can add a level of aesthetic beauty to the landscaping design too. A wall can be built from a variety of materials, providing a feature which fits in seamlessly to your overall garden [...]

By |2020-09-29T10:32:02+01:00September 18th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Garden Art|Comments Off on A Retaining Wall Can Add Aesthetic Appeal To Your Garden

A Garden Lush With Irises

With their colourful variety of stunning blooms, irises are a firm gardening favourite. Their beautiful colours have long caught the eye. Indeed, irises were one of the favourite flowers of the French impressionist artist Claude Monet.  As well as lining the pathways of his home at Giverny, irises featured in a number of Monet’s works including ‘The Path through the Irises’ and ‘The Artist’s Garden at Giverny’. Although the bloom of an iris can come and go within the space of a couple of weeks, consideration to the different varieties of iris when landscaping a garden can help extend their [...]

By |2020-09-04T14:17:22+01:00September 4th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers|Comments Off on A Garden Lush With Irises

Landscaping a Prairie Style Garden

A prairie style garden provides a striking and naturalistic look to an outdoor space. Whether incorporating the style to the whole garden design or just a smaller section you can bring the joy of the wild meadow in to your garden.  The prairie style is characterised by ornamental grasses and sturdy perennials. Providing your garden has good drainage and can offer an open sunny spot, you can consider this style when landscaping a garden, regardless of the size of the plot. With the right planting conditions maintenance is fairly straightforward, allowing for an easier gardening experience. Staples of a Prairie [...]

By |2020-08-25T14:10:12+01:00August 25th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers|Comments Off on Landscaping a Prairie Style Garden

Using Colour Theory in Garden Landscaping

Colour plays an integral role when landscaping a garden design. Colour can be the most important element to consider in achieving a garden which is pleasing on the eye, working alongside combinations of textures, lines, forms and scale to give you your ideal garden space.  When planning your garden, you should consider how colours from the plants will work in the garden as a whole, in specific areas such as borders and in tandem with existing features like walls and trees. To this end employing colour theory can help you achieve your landscaping designs. Image by rikkerst from Pixabay What [...]

By |2020-08-20T11:08:29+01:00August 18th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Grasses|Comments Off on Using Colour Theory in Garden Landscaping

Raised Beds In Your Garden Landscaping

Using raised beds when landscaping a garden is an ideal way to create a space to grow vegetables and herbs. Regardless of the size of a garden, raised beds allow for easy maintenance and can look visually attractive wherever they are located. As well as making gardening easier they also give you more say over what you can grow since you are less dependent on the natural soil type found in your garden. Choosing the Right Raised Bed Raised beds can vary in height, dimension and material. Before landscaping their design you should first consider the type and quantity of [...]

By |2020-08-07T10:39:49+01:00August 4th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Garden Art, Plant Combinations, Pots, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Raised Beds In Your Garden Landscaping

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