Archives for June 2012

Small Garden Design Tips

Small gardens are my favourite to design. Lots of people contact me worrying that they can’t do much with a small garden. Actually though, the opposite is true – you can do loads with a small space garden.

If you’re feeling a little sceptical on that, let me explain. Large gardens tend to visually need large areas of open empty space so that they don’t look too cluttered. Intricate design details tend to get lost in large open areas.

In a small garden though, you can often put in a lot more design details because everything is so small and close at hand.

Now as much as I hate the over-used term ‘outside room’ for small gardens it is appropriate.

So if you are about to undertake transforming a small space garden, rather than being daunted by it, just view it as decorating another room. That subtle shift in mindset will help you tackle it more easily because you’ll automatically think about how you use the space and ‘decorate’ it.

The most important part of any design, regardless of the size or shape of the space is to first focus your efforts on how to use the space. You need to create shapes that link the entire garden together in a way that makes it look and feel larger and more interesting. In a small garden, this is even more critical to do.

Learn More About Creating a Beautiful Small Space Garden

If you’d like to learn more tips and tricks to help you turn your small garden into a stunning space, take a look at the Small Garden Formula course.

If you would like the Successful Garden Design cheat sheet and video on how to add the WOW factor to your garden  please add your email address below (don’t worry we don’t spam and will NOT pass on your address to anyone else!).

Download the ‘WOW Factor’ cheat sheet & video

Enter your best email address in the box below

Choosing Plants for Your Garden

Are You a Plant Whisperer or Accidental Plant Assassin?

Are you a totally new gardener or have established yourself as an accidental plant serial-killer? Perhaps you consider yourself so brown thumbed that plants stand no chance in your mere presence? Or are you just someone that has struggled to grow the plants that you want in your garden and don’t know why?

If the thought of learning about hundreds and thousands of different plants isn’t appealing to you, fear not, there is another way to learn what you need to know about plants that is much quicker and easier…

What’s the Quick Method to Learning About Plants?

Although I’m a UK-based garden designer, I do like to do international consultations whenever possible. People often ask me if I find dealing with plants in other countries difficult because I’m not familiar with them. The honest answer is sometimes yes, but mostly no.

This is because as a kid growing up, my father (who was a nurseryman) used to play an annoying game every time we went out in the car. The various plants and trees we’d see on our journeys he’d always be asking me lots questions. Things like “what do those plant’s leaves tell you about it?”

He’d always try to catch me out, but, after a while, I found I was usually able to work out what the answer was because I’d started to notice that plants with certain characteristics like to grow in the same conditions. So I’d learned which characteristics to spot rather than specific plants.

Take a Closer Look at the Leaves…

Grey leaf of Cynara (Cardoon)

For example, any plant that has silver or grey foliage likes to grow in very sunny conditions because the grey acts like a light-coloured blind pulled down on a south-facing window. Light still gets through but it is diffused and therefore not as strong, so it doesn’t scorch the plant leaf and there is less water evaporation as a result.

But there is a downside. By reducing the plant’s ability absorb sunlight, guess what happens if you put a plant with grey leaves into the shade where it hardly receives any direct sunlight?

Precisely! Reducing the light levels for a plant that already has the blinds down means it can’t produce the necessary food to keep itself healthy. Plants can adjust a little bit, the grey leaves will become greener, but it’s still a struggle for them to survive in shady conditions.

Now that may well be an example that you already know, but there are lots of little clues like this in a lot of plants, you just need to know what to look for. It’s actually surprisingly easy sometimes to work out the precise needs of the plant just by looking at its leaves.

Of course, not every plant is as forthcoming with such obvious clues, but sometimes that doesn’t matter because, by process of elimination, you can usually work out where a plant can grow (if the leaves aren’t grey, for example, you’ll know you don’t have to have it in full sun all the time).

Want to Learn the Easy Way to Become a Plant Whisperer?

Take a look at the 5 Minute Plant Expert page and see for yourself how easy it can to be knowledgeable about plants.

Every business has got to have one these days, so here it is - Disclaimer: Please note, the information contained on this website is for educational purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up-to-date, reliable, and complete information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in rendering professional advice. By reading this website, the reader agrees that under no circumstances is the author responsible for any losses, direct or indirect, that are incurred as a result of use of the information contained within this website or related downloads, accompanying videos, or other supplementary materials. This includes but is not limited to errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. The material contained on this website is not meant to be a substitute for formal training nor a replacement for professional training or services. Please note some of the links on the site go to affiliate websites where a small commission is earned if you purchase. Please do your due diligence on all linked to products before buying.   Find Rachel on Google+
Google+ Google