February 27, 2015

In memory of trees

This last week I have been fortunate enough to pay a visit to an established UK tree nursery: Hilliers in Hampshire.  Hilliers are about much more than trees with a portfolio of garden centres, cash and carry and shrub and perennials supply. Here, I am focusing upon tree supply as this was the purpose of…

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November 30, 2014

A gardener’s Roof Terrace in Manchester

This year, we have been fortunate enough to be commissioned to design and oversee the construction of a number of roof terraces in several different cities in the UK and you can see some of our previous work  on our portfolio page as well as on the Houzz site. The latest to be completed is…

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September 7, 2014

Gorgeous grasses

I have always had a love for ornamental grasses and the contribution they make to a planting scheme. At Capel Manor college some 15 years ago, where I first studied landscape design, there were some great  mixed perennial planting schemes including grasses and  I started to develop a big love for this family of plants…

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August 8, 2014

Contemporary roof garden design in Birmingham

At Poppyhead Consultancy we love to design contemporary roof terraces (as well as a range of other contemporary spaces including gardens, courtyards, sensory gardens and kitchen gardens).   Recently we have completed another roof terrace, this one in Birmingham.  This blog describes and shows how we have transformed the space into a relaxing retreat for our…

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July 22, 2013

Top Tips for Small gardens & courtyards

At Poppyhead we have a passion for and interest in small gardens & courtyards, balconies & roof terraces.  I think this is because we have grown up with them (my very first garden was tiny and now we have a small courtyard and a boutique allotment!-you will probably have seen my extensive blogs, pictures and…

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July 15, 2013

Employing the services of a garden/landscape designer: Why use us?

Everyone has seen those garden makeovers on the TV, which claim to turn your garden around in half an hour, and with little money.  However,  to get something of quality, that will grow and develop effectively, isn’t quite as simple, or as cheap as that, although it doesn’t have to break the bank.  But would…

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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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June 10, 2013

All for show: My show garden experience at Gardeners World Live (NEC June 2013)

Although I am a chartered landscape architect and garden designer with over 13 years experience in the profession, it is only recently that I have gone back to my roots (excuse the pun) to set up my own company Poppyhead Consultancy delivering garden and landscape design services.  Prior to this I was responsible for the…

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May 25, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 2: My top themes from Chelsea

  As ever with remarkable RHS shows such as Chelsea, there is a huge amount to see and take in: its rather like being in a favourite perfume or clothes shop!.  Despite the mass of things to experience, from show gardens to stalls to plant displays in the Great Pavilion, there were a number of…

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May 24, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-My impressions mark 1: Favourite gardens

  This week I was fortunate enough to attend the 100th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea flower show and not surprisingly, much has changed in that 100 years.  Moreover, I have not visited the show for 10 years and in that time I have seen a marked shift in focus; whilst good…

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