I thought I would share some of my favourite images from this year's gardens as 2016 draws to a close. The Scottish winter forces me at this time of year to look back on the year's work. I like to reflect on the detail in the gardens I have designed and which have been built. This has been another busy year for me and the team and we are looking forward to another great year in 2017.
Warm sunny golden coloured gravel set off beautifully by the potted sedge (and vice versa!). I have just completed a design for the front garden for this client which will be completed early next year.
I love the muted tones in this sunken patio area. The tegula blocks of various sizes tone in well with the rendered wall and neat repetition of the setts in the coping. I'm looking forward to seeing the planting next year when my green fingered client will have it ready for inspection!
The secret here was to keep it simple. I love the way this garden turned out. The bed we planted up will need a year or so before it really comes to the fore, and the bench on the south facing side will be a lovely scented seating area surrounded by the aroma from Philadelphus planted right behind it. The climbing roses too will add to the rich cocktail.
Strong lines softened by planting. Keeping this tree and working around it worked a treat, especially after we raised the canopy to reveal the stems and rough bark. This tree is uplit and I will post the photos taken at night soon.
Strong lines and blocks of colour. Natural stone. Nothing more needed.
Now how cute is this? Froggy on the wall as seen through the equisetum (mare's tail,, but it's in the pond so appropriately planted!). Lovely detail which I must credit my client for!
Gorgeous detail captured by Tom who photographed some of my gardens for me. This is what it's all about.
Very recently completed, this garden which took 7 weeks to build, will be planted up in the spring. I love the granite setts, the silver granite gravel and the gorgeous boulders which my client chose. We will have some hummocky Pinus Mugo and sculptural Acers to name but a couple of the plants which will enhance this space.
Preparation is possibly the most important aspect of the design process. The levels in the garden need to be established in order to establish the proposed levels of the ultimate design. If there is to be hard landscaping such as a patio, having a survey helps establish the quantity of hardcore etc required for the build. This means having a survey assists in quoting accurately.... Then the fun part begins!! That is when the ideas and conversations between me and the client begin to flow before the ultimate, beautiful design is finally created!
...." Planting design offers aesthetic delights as complex and intense as those found in galleries or exhibitions. Its aesthetic impact can be thought-provoking, soothing, exciting and so on - according to the intentions of the designer and the state of his or her soul.
In the realm of the senses, the sights, scents and sensations of plants, even the sound made by the wind and rain in leaves and branches - all these add to the quality of daily life.
Such aesthetic quality is often hard to quantify, but its effect on well-being can be profound."
The Planting Design Handbook by Nick Robinson