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Pots and plants

Brighten up the patio or courtyard with pots filled with low-maintenance and colourful Pelargoniums. Leave them to their own devices throughout the summer but treat them to the occasional feed. Water sparingly and dead-head as needed. Space-permitting, over-winter in a frost-free greenhouse....

Spiky but sweet

Mahonia is a fabulous, tough evergreen shrub which can become quite sizeable. With its long sprays of palm-like leaves and wonderfully textured bark it can be used for many situations from a traditional to a hardy tropical setting. In late winter, it has stunning long stems of fresh yellow flowers to really liven up your garden at a dreary time of year and it’s foliage turns a beautiful bronzed red in autumn....

Winter at its best

Winter doesn’t have to be a season of little interest in the garden. Even if you aren’t a fan of evergreen trees, there are many deciduous types whose intricate pattern of branches, unusual bark or fascinating shape can be very eye catching. Twisted willows and corkscrew hazels are a mass of curls and ringlets in the winter. Birch and cherry bark peel and fold revealing lovely colours and patterns. The deep cracks and rugged gnarls of Robinia bark provide essential hidey-holes and shelter for over-wintering...

Light up the night

Whether it be giant lanterns, strings of fairy lights or stunning spots on your specimen trees, adding lighting to a beautiful garden design can transform the space after dark and make your garden useable for longer in the eveningsand as the days become shorter. By including a lighting scheme into your garden design, we can ensure that you can really make the most of your garden with all the unsightly cables and sockets hidden away under the turf or in the planting scheme....

Amazing autumn colours

Amazing autumn colours It's not just maples which can take your breath away in the autumn. Pictured is a canopy of beech leaves. With their smooth silvery bark and glowing foliage you can see why J.R.R Tolkien was inspired by them when he wrote about the tall silver and gold trees of fabled Lothlorien in The Lord of the Rings....

Big plants for small spaces

Hedges and trees can take up a lot of space and in our smaller modern plots, many people think they might not be able to have a natural screen or their favourite tree. The espalier form bypasses those problems. Trained flatagainst a frame, you can have almost any tree or shrub taking up minimal space and providing an instant hedge. From more traditional hedging plants like Photinia, Elaeagnus, Pyracantha and Viburnum tinus to beautiful trees like Liquidambar with its fiery autumn colour (pictured) or even...

Building The Decking

Building the Deck 1 This job is going to involve a lot of wood and some very accurate measurements. No pressure boys! The client is asking for a high spec, entertaining space. It doesn’t look like much right now . . .     Building the deck 2 Just add plants. With a stunning pair of Trachycarpus fortuneii (our toughest palm tree) and the addition of Phyllostachys 'Spectablis' (a clump forming, golden bamboo) to soften the old brick wall there’s almost an instant hit of the tropics . . .and...