Friday, 24 April 2009

Contemporary Gardens

Sharp lines, minimalistic style, geometry, & bold lines all create a contemporary garden. In most cases, the contemporary gardens that we create are a reflection of the style of the house and mirror lines & themes of the architecture into the garden such as; window dimensions, internal walls or materials.
The plant palette is often limited and texture is created through the hard landscaping with contrasting materials & ground surfacing. Plants are often very structured such as Yuccas, Furcraea, flaxes & standards.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Native gardens

Native plants are often considered to lack colour in terms of autumn colours or flowers however, they can provide huge interest through foliage colour & have an amazing range of unique textures. By using native plants which would have naturally been found in an area, we can often reduce water use & encourage native birds & insects.
Incorporating native plants into your garden does not mean that you limit your palette to only native species. Native & exotic plants can be used successfully together to create an interesting garden all year round. Also, native plants do not necessarily need to be used in a naturalistic garden approach - they can be used within any style of garden, from hedging in formal gardens, to striking feature plants in a contemporary setting.
We use native plants a lot in gardens where the client requires low maintenance because most don't require much pruning, are evergreen and don't tend to die back in winter. Native plants look great with our local schist or river stone as a mulch which also can aid in achieving lower maintenance.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Structured Gardens

We find that structured or formal gardens cans work particularly well where space is limited. A structured garden is often made up of a series of "layers" & hedging is quite often used as part of these layers. Hedges are a great way to provide screening and shelter and are much more cost effective than fencing. People often think of hedges as high maintenance however correct species selection can reduce maintenance and many hedges only require trimming twice a year.
Standards and topiary can add another dimension to the garden and while not to everyone's taste, can be very effective in giving the structure that a tree might otherwise give in a more controlled manner.
With many of our designs, we create a certain sense of formality at the entrance of the house. There's nothing worse than arriving at someone's house and not being about to find the front door! Formality can assist in framing and guiding you to the correct place.

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