Passion for Plants in Somerset

We have been very fortunate with the weather for the autumn planting season and have been lucky enough to complete a record number of gardens over the last couple of months.  I will add some more of these soon but just wanted to share one of my favourites:

I sketched a few layout options to disguise the rectangular shape of this garden, this included the following points from the design brief: The main rooms of the house faced onto the garden so it needed to look good from lots of angles, the clients love plants so lots of easily accessible deep borders full of carefully chosen plants, several seating areas including a shady one, level paths and patios around the garden, focal points, lawn and specimen trees and shrubs.

Once the clients had chosen their favourite, scaled plans were drawn and the hard landscaping build commenced. The soft landscaping completes the work and the plants transform the space into a lovely new garden which will soften and grow over the next couple of years.

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Love Your Garden

The first 6 months of 2015 have been great, we have been extremely busy and a phone call from the ITV producer of Alan Titchmarsh’s garden makeover programme ‘Love Your Garden’ was an unexpected bonus! The producer was interested in one of the gardens on my website  & was looking to use it as an example of how their project garden might look once finished.

The consultation & design stage of a large number of gardens were completed during the winter and in April building work started on the first one, a large country garden near Taunton. Part of the design included a large curved border which was planted with grasses, perennials and 3 lollipop half standards, in a year or so the plants will have filled out and the border will look stunning with a range of shape, colour & texture.

Since then the landscaping team have also completed, amongst others a contemporary roof garden and terrace, these small bare spaces were crying out for plants so we used stylish containers planted with bamboos, lush evergreens for all round interest and a few select perennials for colour.

We have recently completed the hard landscaping of a couple of small town gardens in Taunton & Wellington, and country gardens in Wells & Bridgwater. We are very much looking forward to a busy autumn of planting, which transforms these spaces into gardens and is the icing on the cake!

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Somerset Garden Design & build

We have been lucky with the weather this autumn and have completed the construction of several gardens, the pictures show some before and after shots of a recently completed Somerset garden. The design was complex due to a steep change in levels near the house and the narrow width of the garden.

Natural Sandstone paving was used to provide a circular patio terrace with curved steps up to an existing pond. The low maintenance planting provides year round colour and the plants were already attracting bees into the garden, even before we had finished the planting!

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Looking for a Garden Designer in Somerset?

The autumn is one of the best times for planting as it provides plants with time to establish before winter. I have been busy working on several designs over the last month or so and the build work on the first one is due to start next week. It is always an exciting time and with the hard landscaping complete, I look forward to the planting as this this is the icing on the cake and makes the garden come alive!

There is still time to re-design, landscape and plant your garden this autumn so if you are looking for an experienced Garden Designer in Somerset, please just give me a call.

Lucie

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Community Landscaping Project

I have recently enjoyed working on a landscaping project for a Somerset village. Coxley Community Green has the potential to develop a large neglected piece of land in the village of Coxley, Wells, Somerset into a beautiful area which would be a real asset for the village.

At this early stage I provided a basic sketch plan with suggestions for layout and ideas, the design centered on a community hub/shop which would provide an attractive meeting point for residents next to the river Sheppy.

Facilities such as Volley Ball courts, sensory garden, woodland walk, a jogging track and secluded seating areas where visitors could play cards etc. are also planned. The whole area would be beautifully landscaped using a mix of themed planting ideas and interspersed with garden sculpture to act as focal points.

Watch this space for further exciting developments!

Lucie

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Huge Delphiniums!

I was invited to visit a garden last week that I planted in 2012; one of the main borders runs along a gravel path which leads to an enclosed patio. The soft landscaping in the garden is relaxed and uses pastel tones, the large border is planted with a range of perennials including verbena bonariensis, blue delphiniums, heuchera and some pink salvias.

I was amazed at how mature the border looked, a large amount of compost was incorporated at the time of planting and this has obviously paid off, as the plants looked fantastic!

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Small town garden

small town garden borderConstruction is scheduled to start in a few weeks on a garden I designed a few months ago.

It is a small town garden which is completely overshadowed by a huge conifer. Once the conifer has been removed the soil will be terribly poor so we are building raised beds which will be filled with an enriched compost & soil mixture and planted with scented seasonal plants. A patio will be laid in front of the beds with a small water feature to one side.

I can’t wait for my clients to be able to enjoy sitting in their new garden with the scent from the plants wafting around them and listening to the gentle trickle of water!

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Spring is finally here

Now that spring is finally here, I have received several designs requests for whole gardens but also a fair amount of enquiries for advice. This new service I am offering is becoming increasingly popular, I recently visited a garden in Taunton which was looking a little tired, the clients just needed some advice on how to improve their lawn, plant suggestions for a small shady area & advice on weed control. I also helped them decide the best spot for growing vegetables and as first time veg growers, gave them advice on what to grow.

The clients were thrilled with the service and felt that it was very reasonable, particularly as it would hopefully save them time and money on buying plants & vegetables that would not suit their garden.

If you would like to know more about any of the services I offer, please just give me a call.

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