The 2019 Show Garden Trends

What are the trends in 2019’s garden shows? Yes it’s that time of year again, with a few major shows like Chelsea Flower Show and Gardeners World Flower Show already under our belt and some great ones coming up like Hampton Court Garden Festival and Tatton Park Flower...

Colour Combinations

When I'm out and about my mind is always (well usually!) open to new ideas that help me to be more creative and consequently design better gardens.  Today I am writing about colour combinations.The fashion inside the home a few years ago was a palette of neutrals with...

It’s all at Chatsworth!

The glorious Peak district hills of Derbyshire make a fitting setting for a grand house like Chatsworth. And what an amazing location for an RHS Flower Show.  On Wednesday I set out to examine the best and the rest on the first day of the 2019 show.   Show garden...

What is a garden designer?

A Garden designer has been through formal training, has designed many gardens, and gets paid to design gardens. They have a reputation that they need to maintain. These are good things; ensuring you get a well-designed garden is going to be something they care about a...

Spanish inspiration

People sometimes ask us where do you get your ideas from, what inspires you, what makes you a garden designer? The answer is many things, which is part of the delight of being a designer. Our job is to design a fabulous garden for you, but in order to do that our...

La Casa Lagarto, Toque, La Palma

This month’s blog has been written by Kevin Lycett, a friend of ours who is interested in garden design.  He has gone out as our roving reporter.  We hope you enjoy it and feel inspired. An unexpected gardening success A first time visitor to the Todoque region of La...

Your Insect Paradise Garden

Insect mass extinctionWe are in the midst of a major alarm at the drop in insects’ numbers, with headlines saying we face the extinction of all insect life within decades. That’s serious stuff, let’s not kid ourselves here no insects = no us.Estimates vary but most...

I feel the earth move under my feet

Recently we ran a blog about the secret life of trees, exploring how they communicate with each other through a web of roots and fungus in the soil. Until recently this interconnected world beneath the soil was almost completely unknown and it sparked a...

Green and Growing

It’s a funny thing but I’ve noticed that, when I ask new clients about their favourite colours for the garden, green is hardly ever mentioned.  I suppose it’s because we take it for granted that a garden always involves green. Green is seen as the backdrop, the first...

Star of Wonder 21 dec

Star of WonderI’m a bit of a star gazer.  I love looking out across a clear night sky, somewhere deep in the countryside so there’s no light pollution.  Given the season, I thought it might be interesting to talk in this blog about stars, starry plants and starry...