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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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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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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Successful Garden Design Tips – overlooked gardens

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This week we take a look at how to lessen the impact of being overlooked by lots of buildings and creating a lovely garden!

A quiet peaceful space can still be created in a very overlooked garden. The height of the trees helps take they eyes away from the buildings.

You don’t have to use palm trees to create this effect. Any tree that is suitable for your size and location will also work. Birch trees (Betula) and Sorbus aria Lutescens are great choices for small space gardens.

If your garden is very small and can’t accommodate a tree, the non-invasive bamboos like the black stemmed variety can also provide plenty of vertical interest.

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Successful Garden Design Tips – simple, stunning colour combining

In this video Rachel visits the Bourton House Garden in Gloucestershire where they have used colour really effectively to create stunning planting borders.

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Colour, colour, colour!

Lovely, but simple colour combinations were used throughout the garden. Each area had a specific theme like the white, silver and green borders shown in the video. I particularly loved purple, silver and blue border, in the photo above.

White, silver and green with a splash of occasional blue is a classic combination – Vita Sackville West at Sissinghurst made it particularly popular.

Towards the end of the main garden was the hot border – another classic and superbly done at Bourton House Garden.

In the final part of the garden, even green alone is enough, thanks to some very funky Buxus sculpting!

If you’d like to visit the garden yourself take a look at the Bourton House Garden website for details. And I can thoroughly recommend their cream teas! ;o)

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