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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

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

Choosing the Best Herbs For Your Garden

Herbs are a wonderful addition to a garden. Whether growing them for culinary reasons, for attractive and fragrant borders, or to attract bees to the garden, herbs are often easy to grow and maintain. When landscaping a garden consider which herb is best suited for the function you want it to perform. Kitchen Gardens Using a freshly picked herb straight from your garden when cooking is hard to beat. There are many favourite varieties which are staples of a kitchen garden.  Basil is a classic summer herb, easy to grow in pots and a lovely garnish to many dishes. A [...]

By |2020-10-29T11:34:12+00:00July 20th, 2020|Blog, Flowers, Front Gardens, Garden Art, Grasses|Comments Off on Choosing the Best Herbs For Your Garden

Planting for a Butterfly Garden

Seeing butterflies flitting around is one of the joys during the summer months. If you are considering a butterfly garden when landscaping your outdoor space, the plants butterflies prefer tend to be ones which are easy to grow.  Attracting butterflies in to your garden can be reassuring too, as they are good indicators of a healthy environment. They will also pollinate your flowers and help attract birds to your garden looking for food. Plants for a Butterfly Garden When landscaping a butterfly garden, you need to consider the larva stage of their life cycle as well as the adult stage. [...]

By |2020-07-13T13:43:31+01:00July 13th, 2020|Flowers, Front Gardens, Garden Art, Insects|Comments Off on Planting for a Butterfly Garden

Planting for an Impressionist Garden

When landscaping a garden, by using plant and shrub varieties with different coloured blooms you can achieve a striking visual impact.  By combining wildflowers and herbaceous perennials you can make a section of your garden resemble a beautiful painting from an impressionist master such as Claude Monet. His 1873 depiction of the Poppy Field immediately provokes images of the perfect summer scene. It is a scene which can be quite simple to replicate when landscaping your own garden. The Common Poppy It is hard to imagine this popular flower was once considered just a weed. Its vibrant red flowers are [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:58:47+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Flowers, Garden Art, Transformations|Comments Off on Planting for an Impressionist Garden

The Sweetest-Smelling Flowers for the Garden

One of the pleasures of gardening is the accompanying scents from your flowers and shrubs. By taking in to consideration when different plants bloom while landscaping your borders, you can ensure your garden is filled with pleasant aromas the whole year round. Many plants will attract bees and butterflies, too. Border Plants Lavender is a garden favourite, a summer perennial ideal for borders and lining garden paths, releasing its gorgeous aroma when brushed. There are many varieties, but planted in the correct conditions lavender requires little maintenance.  Wallflowers are another garden favourite which are easy to grow, providing lovely shades [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:35:22+01:00June 22nd, 2020|Blog, Flowers, Garden Art|Comments Off on The Sweetest-Smelling Flowers for the 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

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