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

PLANT & DESIGN INSPIRATION

Inspiration from our Creative Team here at Nicholsons

Plant & Design Inspiration

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

Jewels from Japan

In their native habitats of Japan, China, Korea and Eastern Mongolia, these Maple plants have been found growing at altitudes up to 1,100 metres, which has earned them the name of the Mountain Maple.  More commonly, they are found on the edge of woodlands, protected by the canopies of larger trees above. They have been cultivated throughout the world for over 300 years and there are many varieties and sizes now available, attaining from 1.2 to Read more »

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Jewels from Japan

Out and about in the garden

What’s flowering now? I love this time of year - gorgeous flowers popping open all over the place, some things only just breaking into leaf, like the Cercis Forest Pansy in my garden. Tiny, glossy purple hearts emerging all over the stems, taking the baton from the delicate pink flowers and carrying it through summer. Dicentra spectablis: Adds a bit of colour to a woodland border—looks fab with white Aquilegias and Ferns. Read more »

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Out and about in the garden

All in the detail: Decorating your garden this Winter

It's all in the detail... When we think about winter gardening and how to make the garden look better we tend to focus on the plants and the border structure, which is clearly the most sensible way forward… however what if we think outside the box? Whether you already have the structure and the winter plants in situ, or perhaps if you don’t care much for whether you garden stays green throughout the seasons, there are still Read more »

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on All in the detail: Decorating your garden this Winter

Wildlife in the Garden

Wildlife Gardening: Winter is upon us and our gardens are being stripped back to the bare bones! It is the perfect time to consider how you can make your garden more wildlife friendly… Wildlife gardening isn’t difficult, there are plenty of things you can very easily add to your garden to increase your chances of encouraging wildlife to visit, no matter what your skill level. Whether you simply add some plants for pollinators, fix some bird houses Read more »

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Wildlife in the Garden
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