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Plant & Design Inspiration 2019-01-11T14:04:52+00:00

PLANT & DESIGN INSPIRATION

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Plant & Design Inspiration

New Season Ornamental Trees

By Lorraine Spooner This week, I am featuring a selection of my favourite ornamental trees currently growing on our Nursery beds, which will be available for you to reserve, in advance of their availability for purchase from September. With so many features extending interest through the seasons, your preference could be unusual peeling bark, a cascade of spring blossom, fiery autumn foliage colour or a silhouette of branches set against the winter setting sun. If you Read more »

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on New Season Ornamental Trees

The Efficient use of Watering

By Jonathan Diaper All that rain! The unpredictability of the weather, though, reminds me of the importance of water in our gardens. It has been the driest winter and early spring I can recall. February saw me giving first aid, with a can full of water each, to some lacklustre laurels. Plants lose most moisture through the leaves by the process of transpiration, the process that makes woodland a cool haven on a hot Read more »

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on The Efficient use of Watering

The importance of Weeding

By Dan Lazarou-West The importance of weeding around newly planted trees cannot be understated. Weeds compete for light, nutrients and, most importantly, available water in the soil. In addition, weeds provide cover for bark-gnawing rodents and taller or climbing weeds. Bramble, for example, can smother and topple small transplants. Without an adequate weeding regime trees can suffer poor growth rates and in some cases die. Replacing recently planted bare root trees can be costly and is Read more »

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on The importance of Weeding

Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

By Lorraine Spooner The term ‘evergreen’ can be misleading. All leaves will eventually be discarded when they are shaded out by emerging new growth, but this is a gradual process of renewal and is nature’s efficient way of keeping the tree in good health. The purpose of a leaf is to capture sunlight, which is converted into food through photosynthesis.  When access to sunlight is restricted, the ability to carry out this important function is reduced, Read more »

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Attracting Wildlife into your Garden

By Lorraine Spooner As the garden continues to wake up from its winter slumber, wildlife ventures out from hibernation, birds begin to build their nests and pollinating insects are seeking out those early nectar-rich spring flowers.  This is the time to consider planting native trees to increase the biodiversity within your plot and maintain a balanced eco-system to benefit all types of wildlife. Sorbus aucuparia Our native Rowan has lovely silvery-brown bark Read more »

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Attracting Wildlife into your Garden

The Beauty of Magnolias

By Lorraine Spooner Something caught my attention in the Plant Centre this week – the amazing structure and tactile softness of the tightly closed buds on our Magnolia trees. We talk about the importance of winter structure in the garden, not only from evergreens but from the framework that bare branches can provide, especially when silhouetted against the low winter sun or coated in frost. But the exquisite form of these buds, some of which plump Read more »

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on The Beauty of Magnolias

Bare Bones and Scented Pathways

By Jonathan Diaper Winter is a good time to reassess the bare bones of your garden. It is easier to see the layout of pathways and the way feature plants, such as trees and shrubs, relate to each other in the space. Is there a need for evergreen shrubs, or perhaps topiary, to create a sense of drama in the garden? Are there too many evergreens, rubbing shoulders as if in a rugger scrum? Are shrubs Read more »

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Bare Bones and Scented Pathways

Paradise – A Garden Design Case Study

Deriving from the Persian, pairi-daeza, (or paradise) literally means “around walls”. Since the very origins of civilisation, the gardens created in these enclosed spaces have been regarded as places of refuge, beauty & meditation. Today, the desire to escape the demands of modern life and to renew our energy is stronger than ever and the need for gardens to be inward-looking, blocking out hectic and unsightly surroundings, is particularly relevant as outdoor urban and sub-urban spaces Read more »

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Paradise – A Garden Design Case Study

The Wonders of Wisteria

Spring has affirmed its arrival when the stunning blooms of Wisteria begin to unfurl and hang like fountains from their twining branches. Wisterias are strong growing, hardy, deciduous climbers in the legume family, (Fabaceae), native to China, Japan and the Eastern United States.  The three most commonly grown species are Wisteria floribunda, sinensis and brachybotrys.  Producing their scented pea like flowers in late spring to early summer, there are many cultivars now available in shades of Read more »

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on The Wonders of Wisteria
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