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Showing posts from November, 2011

Garden Design

Here's an example of a relatively small town garden designed this month for a retired couple. Materials include yellow stock brick and creamy sandstone riven paving, more traditional in style to fit with our clients Victorian terrace which has been coated with creamy coloured textural render. Here I'm using hand drawn plans alongside perspectives built in sketchup to demonstrate level changes and to bring the plan to life. Our clients and landscapers love these perspective mock ups as they allow them to visualise the schemes virtually, making it easier for all to understand our 'vision'.

Last Planting Job before Winter

The weather has been kind in the last 4 weeks and so we have managed to book our final planting job for next week in a small garden in Catford, London. Will be a showstopper next year with a wonderful flowering season from January right through to November. January - Hellebores February - Hellebores March Narcissi March/April - Clematis armandii April/May - Dicentra and Tulips May/June - Alliums Early Summer - Geranium, Hemerocallis, Rosa, Schizophragma, Helleniums, Choisya Late Summer into Autumn - Rudbeckia, Hydrangeas, Helleniums, Rosa Autumn Colour - Nandina and Acers Structure - Buxus, Nandina and Choisya, Miscanthus Height - Acers Fillers - Geranium, Hachonecloa

greencube - Busy, busy, busy

What have we been upto in the last couple of weeks: We have been busy with new enquiries in Chislehurst, Leybourne, Collier Street, Sevenoaks, Green Street Green and West Wickham. We may be in an economic crisis and you would expect luxury services  like Garden Design to be hit hard, but we have had the opposite effect, our best year to date and an increase of enquiries up by 35.7 % from last year. I designed some cantilevered oak steps to provide better circulation in a garden with oak retaining walls, Clayton from Quest Landscapes did a great job on the construction. The paddlestones have now arrived and ready for the the curvy wall, very exciting. We put the Brentwood garden to bed for the winter. Looks stunning with its crisp yew hedges contrasting with the wispy textural grasses - Miscanthus, Stipa and Calamagrostis. All the perennials have been cut back leaving the backbone structure for the winter, its such a contrast from the summer colourful display. We were also on