Campanula ‘Sarastro’ – one of many wonderful Campanulas but somehow this is the daddy of all the bells! Large dark purple-blue flowers with a slightly unreal waxy appearance that start to appear from May onwards.
Entries Tagged as 'Contemporary'
June 8th, 2011 No Comments
June 30th, 2010 6 Comments
The element of the Green Dock that I had particularly come to see however was the large rectangular formal garden with ribbons of topiarised Yew hedging trimmed in undulating waves running the entire length of the garden, crossed overhead with angled walkways.
May 3rd, 2010 1 Comment
When you meet an iconic person from your chosen field it is difficult to know what to expect. When that designer has won a prestigious RHS Gold Medal at Chelsea flower show for the stunning Champagne Laurent-Perrier Garden you have a real sense of anticipation. Joy then when Luciano smiles in a totally relaxed greeting. Here [...]
March 31st, 2010 1 Comment
In an article today appearing in Horticulture Week, research by multimedia retailer QVC shows that an untidy garden can knock £5,000 off the value of your property. That’s a lot of hard earned money going down the drain!
March 27th, 2010 2 Comments
Gardening can be quite a lonely pastime. Hours spent pottering amongst the borders tending those delicate blooms and marvelling at nature as she goes about her business. Don’t get me wrong I am very comfortable with my own company but sometimes it’s good to share your experiences with others. Debate designs, discuss plants and share passion for gardens.
As owner of the Garden Network I make an effort whenever I can to get out and meet members. It’s fantastic to put faces to names. These are people that only exist in a sort of parallel universe normally – today I was going to meet them for real.
February 11th, 2010 2 Comments
Following on from my previous blog on the Garden Press event – it was good to see a number of nurseries and plant suppliers present, many of whom were showing new plants and seeds. This was great from an attendees perspective as I have come home laden with goodies to try out! Again sorry if [...]
January 12th, 2010 No Comments
As the UK is plunged in to the deep freezer again this year, many of you will be suffering the effects of the cold in the garden. All those carefully planned borders and features take on an air of serene gracefulness covered in a pure blanket of white. It’s as if the pause button has [...]
November 10th, 2009 No Comments
An article in todays Daily Telegraph by Maria Fitzpatrick shows how a well designed garden can add value both to your life and the value of your property. Whilst this may be obvious for a larger garden it is also true of smaller gardens. Several of the gardens that I have designed have done just exactly this for the owners.
August 28th, 2009 No Comments
Designing gardens gives me great pleasure. I have a passion about getting the most out of a space and watching the garden develop over time. This however pales into complete insignificance when the people who get most excited about the garden is the the people whose garden it is! when their friends and family also [...]
March 14th, 2009 No Comments
This is an update to an earlier blog about the wonder of these plants. Now is the time to prune the stems back quite hard to within 300 – 450mm of the ground. Now a top tip – bring the cut stems indoors and place them in a large vase with plenty of water. Within [...]