Archives for October 2017

Successful Garden Design Tips – Wonderful Winter Planting

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What is it that makes a planting border look good all year round?

In this video Rachel takes a look at the world famous Beth Chatto gravel garden for inspiration.

Evergreens certainly play their role in the winter months but don’t discount grasses and herbaceous perennials. Even though they might not be at their best in the winter, they still offer shape and form – essential ingredients to any planting border.

And for Halloween you can spice up your planting borders with carved pumpkins!

Plants like the large leaf Bergenias are excellent in the autumn and winter. Their leaves are evergreen but turn glorious colours in the cold weather. And when planted with the Mexican Feather grass (Stipa tenuissima) as pictured above, makes for a great combination.

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Successful Garden Design Tips – Planting with grasses

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Add the wow factor to your garden this autumn!

In this week’s Successful Garden Design quick tips video we look at different ways to plant grasses effectively in the garden…

Grouping grasses coming up in drifts throughout the other plants is a great way to incorporate grasses into the garden.

Planting grasses this way helps highlight the striking colours of the autumn-flowering, purple Asters, and the burgundy coloured Sedum, providing contrast and softness with texture.

You can also plant in straight rows if your garden has lots of linear elements like hedges and paths. The grasses again act as highlighters to the elements that are already in the garden.

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If you’d like to attend the free online garden design class mentioned in the video, go to: successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses

[DESIGN SHOW 23] Great & not so great British garden design

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In this episode Rachel continues her tour of Great British gardens and shows what to do and more importantly what not to do in your garden!

Hestercombe near Taunton in Somerset is the first garden featured in this episode. It was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and planting was done by Gertrude Jekyll.

The attention to detail in the hard landscaping materials puts this glorious garden in a league of its own.

Complimented by the outstanding planting skills of Gertrude Jekyll with her attention on colour, clarity and form makes for a stunning combination.

Don’t make this easy error in your garden…

Great gardens are created through careful planning. Always put your ideas on paper BEFORE you build them and check everything lines up correctly!

A great garden in Gloucestershire

Bourton House Garden is a lovely garden to visit with lots of interesting box sculptures, colour borders and a lovely tea room!

Create a gorgeous garden yourself…

If you’d like to attend the free fast track garden design training mentioned, go to: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses/ and choose the class that suits your garden.

Successful Garden Design Tips – importance of proper planning

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They say never work for friends or family… here’s a garden that DIDN’T go to plan…

In the video you will see how important it is to:

  1. Plan properly
  2. Stick to the plan!

It’s SO easy to get carried away when landscaping your garden and not really consider how everything has a knock on effect with everything else.

Make sure you know about design before you landscape your garden!

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If you’d like to attend the free fast track garden design class that Rachel mentions in the video go to: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses

 

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