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From country estates to bijou London roof terraces and everything in between. Our diverse and talented in-house implementation team have decades of experience in installing high-end gardens, showing concern for every last detail. The collaboration and effective communication between the design and build teams ensures that Kate’s vision is seen to fruition with each and every garden she designs. A well thought-through service that gives you less hassle and better results.

  • Arbours offered a place to shelter from the sun or rain, while fruit trees were prized for their scented blossoms and fruits.
  • If you’re looking for smaller garden updates, we also share advice and styling tips on garden furniture, paving, lights, plants, borders, decking and more, to help you carve out an outdoor space you can really enjoy.
  • For example, you could have a dining table positioned close to the house .
  • Once the grass is established, which usually takes two to three weeks, you can ease off the watering a bit.

Essentially you want to create a living room look, it’s just outdoors rather than inside, so bear this in mind when on the hunt for decor and accessories. In a small garden, boundary walls, fences or hedges may be the biggest element in view, so it’s really important for them to look good. They don’t have to all be the same but try to provide visual links between them. You could have the same type of fence, for instance, and grow climbers up them in coordinating colours. If you aren’t able to change the fences, whitewash them or clad them with battens or trellis. Check with your neighbours first to establish whose fence it is and ask permission before doing any work.

Our Gardens Through Time show how city gardens have developed over the centuries. Read on, and find out whether we are running any of our exclusive garden tours, which take readers to see some of the most impressive private gardens in Provence and Tuscany twice a year. We have a team of gardeners who will be pleased to help you in the garden no matter how big or small the job. Astrantia major ‘Roma’ Produces flowers in a rather special muted rose colour over a long period.

We can do this with as little or as much input from yourselves as you wish. Our membership with the Association of Professional Landscapers, the Horticultural Trades Association and the Government-endorsed TrustMark scheme help facilitate this. We are also listed on the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Traders Register, used by Age Concern among others.

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It can be a private oasis away from the noise, a haven for wildlife or a social space filled with the laughter of friends and family. Whatever you want from your garden, we are here to help you enhance and execute your vision. Joyce and Ben Russell have devised 30 kitchen garden projects, devised to either extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. These projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure. Look out of your window at your garden and the biggest shape you’ll probably see is your lawn. If it’s a good, strong shape, it will set the entire garden on the right track.

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.

There is a trend now too to have outdoor furniture that lets you lounge as if you were actually in your living room. A sofa and armchair set-up is a great option for enjoying drinks with friends or if you prefer to eat in a more informal way – you could include a ‘coffee table’ for your plates. Fire pits are a great addition to a garden, taking on the role of a fireplace. They really come into their own at night, providing warmth and extending the amount of time you can spend in the garden. Gardeners looked to English history for inspiration, and ‘old-fashioned’ plants were used to create the appearance of a cottage garden.

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The circles, created from a combination of limestone and York stone are laid in a mix of setts and cobbles creating a stunning effect. Garden lighting makes a big impact outside, just as it does in the home. Position lighting on the exterior wall of the house to provide practical light for dining or hanging up the washing. Then think about accent lighting at a lower level to highlight an interesting tree or plant, for example.

Try to stick to just five or six different types and arrange them in repeated patterns for a coordinated and harmonious effect. A metre or more in depth is a perfect size for a border, giving you enough space to put smaller plants at the front with taller ones behind. It may sound obvious, but the sun can quickly dry out a garden in the summer months. A newly turfed lawn will need to have at least 45 minutes to one hour of sprinkler time during dry spells, particularly if it’s hot. Once the grass is established, which usually takes two to three weeks, you can ease off the watering a bit.

The National Trust employs over 500 gardeners with an extraordinary wealth of expertise. And now, in this in-depth guide, they pass on their wisdom and provide the answers any new and seasoned gardener is looking for. This book is intended to give you inspiration and confidence to make the most of your garden, without being overwhelmed with unnecessary technical detail.