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

PLANT & DESIGN INSPIRATION

Inspiration from our Creative Team here at Nicholsons

Plant & Design Inspiration

Flowering Shrubs

There are so many flowering shrubs available, that it’s easy to find a colour or form for any situation or position. Sometimes, it’s difficult to decide between all of the options, so here are five of my favourites to give you some ideas. This beautiful flower bed was planted by our gardeners. Philadelphus Belle Etoile: This is a delightful shrub in many ways, but it’s winning feature is by far it’s enchanting fragrance! I Read more »

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Flowering Shrubs

Trees and Shrubs with Unusual Bark

Cornus varieties: There are so many varieties of Cornus that hold their own in the winter time, regardless of being deciduous. They seem to be the best genus for vibrant colourful bark, so here are a few of the best: Cornus alba sibirica has bright red stems, Cornus kesselringii has dark brown almost purple-black stems, Cornus stolonifera flaviramea has bright acid yellow stems, and Cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire has brilliant red tipped stems that merge into fiery Read more »

By | April 5th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Trees and Shrubs with Unusual Bark

Topiary: Thinking Outside The Box

It is widely accepted that Box and Yew are the ultimate plants for formal hedging and topiary, but are they really? Occasionally there are issues with using Box—to start with it can get Box blight, but it’s also rather expensive! Box blight can be treated and controlled, but this in itself can be expensive and time consuming. However, as luck would have it there are indeed lots of wonderful options to replace our beloved Box. Yew can Read more »

By | March 31st, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Topiary: Thinking Outside The Box

Beautiful Blossom

Prunus Pink Perfection: This is such a gorgeous flowering cherry. Profuse deep-pink buds opening to candyfloss-pink frilly, double flowers in drooping clusters in spring. It’s a perfect tree for a small garden and has the added bonus of having excellent autumn foliage as well, with foliage turning vibrant red and orange. It you like a lot of pink, these would make a beautiful, striking avenue along a driveway. Amelanchier grandiflora Robin Hill: This Amelanchier is a Read more »

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Beautiful Blossom

Trees, Shrubs and Hedging for Screening

It seems that in nearly every garden we work in, the client needs some sort of screening somewhere in the garden. Whether it’s an urban garden needing privacy from neighbours, a country garden that needs to hide an oil tank, or even if a secluded area in the garden is required to house the hot-tub, there is something for every situation. Firstly, what is it that you are screening? This will determine what shape, size and type Read more »

By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Trees, Shrubs and Hedging for Screening

Shrubs With Winter Interest

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’: This is one of my favourite shrubs. There is nothing more magical than seeing a mass of these fiery, spindly little flowers in the dead of winter, lighting up a naked, twiggy patch of shrubbery in the garden. Another of its beautiful features is its stunning autumn colour - the leaves glow when the winter sun shines through them, like the embers of a fire. Although for the rest of the year Hamamelis Read more »

By | February 8th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Shrubs With Winter Interest

The Perfect Trees For Small Gardens

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’: At the moment, my absolute favourite tree is Cercis Forest Pansy. This small tree is beautiful throughout spring, summer and autumn. It has delicate pink flowers that emerge on bare branches in the spring, just before the leaves start to appear. The leaves themselves open as tiny red hearts that transform into big heart-shaped green-purple leaves that seem to drip from the braches. They hold their purpley shades through summer, then gradually change Read more »

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on The Perfect Trees For Small Gardens
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