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Planting for Garden Designs

Planting is the most important part of any garden design. Its what our gardens are judged on 4 or 5 years after completion. View our landscaping blog for Bray to understand what I mean. Plants offer height, colours, textures, sound and when chosen correctly can reduce maintenance, encourage wildlife, create contrasts and add beauty to a landscape. A new or existing garden can be greatly improved by good planting. It is probably the most cost effective area for designing and landscaping a beautiful garden.

Wisteria in flower

Wisteria in flower

After study in the Botanic gardens and working in horticulture for the past 28 years I have extensive experience in plant selection. I understand the conditions required for each plant to thrive. I understand the colour of each plant providing colour associations and contrasts within planted borders. I understand the habit of each plant, spacing them correctly so they will be in proportion with the garden when matured. I advise on hedges, ground cover, climbers, herbs, specimens, bulbs, trees, aquatic and bog plants and introduce indeginous species where possible to encourage wildlife.

Cascading Aubretia

Cascading Aubretia

Unlike other qualified horticulturists I do not supply planting plans with my garden designs. After many years of using them I now found them both restrictive and a waste of time. Because of the delay between design and eventual planting, stock in the nursery has changed with some plants available, some not, some looking well others not. I find it far easier and less time consuming to meet the client on a morning in the nursery, advise and choose the best plants in stock that day creating the best planting possible. I also pass on the 20% discount off marked prices and supply the planting plan at this stage. This process gives the client control and ownership over the most important part of the landscaping process.