Classic and Contemporary Garden Designs

28Jan, 2018

New Year, New Border!

Welcome back to Gardener’s Corner, with my first article of the new year. I’ve already been very busy in my own garden, cutting out an old, unattractive sea buckthorn hedge. I will then have a sizeable west facing border with which to fill with wonderfully interesting, beautiful and fragrant shrubs. As it is west facing and catches the late afternoon and evening sunshine I plan to have a copse of Cornus sanguinea. ‘Midwinter Fire’ probably accompanied by bronze and purple statuesque grasses (Miscanthus and Carex)....

23Dec, 2017

West Somerton – December

As we head into the festive season (but not before 1st week of December, in our house at least) keen gardeners will still be finding plenty to do outside. The first rose pruning can be started now – remove dead, diseased and damaged branches (including branches that are rubbing together), tie in new growth (on climbing roses) and take back long side shoots by two thirds their length. The main aim at this time of year is to tidy up the plant and prevent wind...

25Oct, 2017

West Somerton October

There are two types of mistakes made in business; those of action or inaction. The first type involves making a decision that turns out to be (demonstrably) erroneous. A company may decide to buy equipment that is poor quality, hire staff who are underutilised or even acquire a new company that turns out to be weak or a poor fit. The second type of mistake is, conversely, that of inaction ie deciding to do nothing for fear of the consequences (and the risk to the...

23Oct, 2017

West Somerton November

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, as the old adage has it. Never more true than with gardening, now is the time to enact your plans to make sure you have a wonderful garden next year. From establishing spring flowering bulbs, to planting shrubs and trees, November (especially if quite mild) is a good time to get these jobs done.For tulip fans seeking inspiration for a new variety, I tried various ones last year and intend to add to them this year.The grand ‘Queen of...

25Sep, 2017

West Somerton September

In the course of my work, as a gardener cum-designer, I visit a large variety of domestic gardens and meet many different clients. Some prefer neat and tidy gardens whilst others are happy with a less formal style. Whatever your preferred style however, it is important that you feel comfortable in your garden and maximise the enjoyment you take from it. You may be one of the lucky few people who have a perfect garden, however for the rest of us, there are practical steps...

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