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Astrantia Superstar (syn ‘White Giant’) – The large, greenish-white flowerheads look like pincushions surrounded by a spidery ruff of green-tinted, white bracts. These are produced en masse above the lobed, dark green leaves from early summer to autumn adding bobbles of colour to the border. Astrantias have become the ‘darlings of the designers’ in recent years as they lend themselves to most styles of planting, and mix happily with most plants. If you like the idea of hearing the trickle of running water in your garden but don’t want a fountain, try a simple stone trough and water spout like the one incorporated into Butter Wakefield’s Ribbon Wheel garden .

For larger projects, we provide design and consultation services and project management throughout. We supply Landscape Services from initial design through to completion for front and back gardens. We are a Lichfield landscape gardening business offering a huge range of services from initial design through to completion. Our roof garden is filled with plants that require little water and have shallow roots that can thrive in limited soil.

Best Outdoor Rugs To Spruce Up Your Garden, Patio Or Campsite

There are some great space-saving, foldable or stackable table and chair sets that are perfect for compact spaces – invest in a garden bistro set for style and functionality and deck chairs for easy, instant seating. Remember, narrow, low-planted beds can define seating or dining areas, as can lines of planted-up troughs – choose evergreen scented plants, such as lavender or Mexican orange blossom. Containers offer the most flexibility though, allowing you to move them around however suits. For smaller courtyards and patios, go for folding furniture, or bench seating that can be tucked under a dining table when not in use.

  • Most urban gardens in the 1600s had a functional rather than leisurely use.
  • Choose wisely as an ornament or water feature (although it’s great for wildlife) that’s plonked in the centre of an empty space is unlikely to look good.
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  • Whatever you choose, the trick is to be realistic about the amount of time you want to spend tending to your garden.
  • They also installed two lovey new natural stone patios and a raised sleeper bed.

Mirrors are used to make the space feel bigger and a ‘ceiling’ created by the canopy of long-stemmed bamboos focus attention within the space and create a more intimate atmosphere. Speaking of lighting, don’t underestimate how important it is to create atmosphere in your garden. John Davies incorporated hydroponic walls into the roof and basement gardens of this office building in London. A mix of flowering shrubs and perennials, such as buddleia and fuschia, complements the evergreen planting framework and creates a year-round effect with seasonal colour.

Best Sofa Beds: Space Saving Furniture Perfect For Overnight Guests

The Practical House Plant Book by the RHS contains a dozen step-by-step projects to help you assemble an eye-catching terrarium, create a floating kokedama ‘string garden’, or propagate succulents. Complete with 175 in-depth plant profiles, this is an essential practical guide for indoor gardeners. Get smart with landscaping to utilise space in a family garden to make it work for everyone.

And let’s not forget other garden must-haves, including fire pits and chimineas, patio heaters, barbecues and pizza ovens – planning space for these is key, as is where they will be stored or protected once it’s winter. We strongly recommend the use of timber from sustainable sources, using companies accredited to the FSC. We also encourage the use of natural stone products, from slabs to water-features to gravels etc. We also have a wide variety of suppliers offering recycled products from benches, fencing, decking, rubber ‘bark’ chippings and more.

As seen below in this modern Suffolk garden by Caitlin McLauglin, multi-stem trees and soft planting creates a deconstructed woodland environment in a front courtyard garden. If you don’t have room for metre-deep beds, you could place climbers at the back of the border so you can still get height in the planting. In terms of climbing plants, opt for an evergreen like clematis, which provides a beautiful and colourful display. Commercial We have built memorial gardens, a variety of car park types, commercial plant nurseries, installed outdoor gym equipment and created and developed natural open spaces. Drawing on expert advice from the RHS, this best-selling reference book – organised by colour, size, and type, rather than as an A-Z directory – will help you select the right varieties for your outdoor space. Gardener and TV presenter David Domoney is a firm believer that indoor plants can make ‘a practical and emotional contribution to our wellbeing’.