Planting design for borders and beds

Planting Design For Borders And Beds

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A succession of foliage and flowers give interest through the year in this border designed around a pink colour theme.  Planting design in St Albans Hertfordshire. Beautiful foliage in a shady area.  The leaf shapes and the shades of green provide spring interest as the fern fronds unfurl.   Design for shady garden in Bedfordshire.
Wildlife friendly planting design, providing seeds for birds to eat in winter, nectar for insects in summer, and a wildlife habitat all year round. Shell-pink rose flowers are enhanced by silver flower buds and both are set off against the glaucous purple leaves of the rose in the background.  Garden bed planting design in St Albans Hertfordshire. Borders either side of this yorkstone path create a cool, shady area.  The planting includes native species, with a hybrid clematis and campion making a showy display of flowers at the entrance.  Rear garden design Bedfordshire. This narrow border provides interest through the year.  In spring it is the turn of the ceanothus to provide a stunning display.  It has done well – it was only 2 feet (600mm) high when I planted it for my client.  Garden border design Bushey Hertfordshire.
Planting in a woodland style border area for a town garden – in shades of green.  Apple green, grey green and green and white variegated leaves are present all year - glaucous hosta leaves emerge in spring and die down in autumn.  Garden border in Highgate North London. Hot colour border – the day lilies have just finished blooming, and the focus is now on the orange helenium flowers and flame-red crocosmia flowers – in late summer the rich golden flowers of the ligularias will come to the fore.  Sun and shade border planting design in Berkhamsted Hertfordshire.

The planting designs I create, are crafted to suit the taste of the individual client, and include plants which will thrive in the local conditions. A design for a border or bed benefits from having some structural and evergreen planting which will be present all year as well as interest in foliage and flowers which can vary through the seasons.

I am a qualified and experienced garden designer, and my degree in biology, specialising in botany and ecology gives me an in-depth appreciation of the conditions plants need in order to thrive, and enables me to select the right plants for the local conditions in the garden.

I have designed, advised on, carried out soil preparation and planted borders and beds in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, North London and Buckinghamshire.

I provide mentoring for new gardeners, to support them in gaining knowledge and confidence and to assist with the care of plants.

I also provide horticultural care, including visits to carry out pruning, tidying, planting of seasonal bedding, and to plan future improvements.