October 27, 2013

A blog for Autumn

I have always loved autumn.  It is my favourite season and when, 25+ years ago my sister announced she was emigrating to the southern hemisphere I couldn’t help but think:  How could she miss out on all those British autumns!  It didn’t bear contemplating!  Some years later, whilst work took me frequently to America, I…

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July 11, 2013

Wildlife needs your help! -Create a home for nature in your garden

The recent news that our wildlife is struggling, revealed following a study of UK wildlife which suggested that 60% of all species are in decline is worrying.  This comes at a time when the EU have recently voted to ban the use of neonicotinoids on crops that are pollinated by bees following concerns over the decline…

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June 24, 2013

Why the grass isn’t always greener- Alternatives to lawn

Perfect green lawns are an English obsession and have been so for centuries- the sweeping green lawns of Capability Brown in the 17th Century are iconic statements and without the lawnmower, cricket, football, ruby & tennis would not have become the games they are today.  But are traditional lawns always appropriate in our gardens? Will…

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April 26, 2013

Outside-Inside – Judge a book by its cover!

Why is it that stunning properties may often be surrounded by gardens that are mediocre at best and completely uninspired at worst?   It can’t be that we aren’t interested in gardens, because we are a nation of gardeners; we have the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the National Gardens Scheme and the Chelsea flower show is…

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April 21, 2013

Gardens for Year Round Interest:The Spring Garden

  Now that the weather is finally warming up and we are feeling more like getting out in our gardens and ready for the gardening season, here is a selection of some of my favourite spring plants and their value in planting design.  I have chosen them for a variety of reasons, whether it’s their…

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January 30, 2013

Architectural Planting-Poppyhead Consultancy’s approach to planting design

In this article, I will describe and illustrate our approach to planting design at Poppyhead including our interpretation of the phrases architectural planting and ‘soft minimalism’-terms we frequently use in describing our own planting design philosophy. Fundamentally, we believe plants are used to best effect when considered as design materials in their own right as…

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December 5, 2012

Gardens for Year Round Interest: The Winter Garden

When designing a garden space, it is important to consider impact throughout the seasons so that there is structure and interest all year, provided in a variety of ways.  It’s about working with the rise and ebb of the seasons to create something that evolves or unfolds. Here, with winter well and truly here, frost…

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