April and May are all about plants and planting!

At this time of year I am fully occupied with planting plans, plant sourcing and organising planting days. I normally have a mix of planting design work – for gardens that were constructed over winter, ongoing planting in phased development projects and new planting design work that comes in the early spring. Existing projects always take priority which is why I am usually unable to take on any new design or consultation clients at this time of year.

This spring I will be planting a range of gardens with clients, from small front gardens to large rural sites with challenging conditions. Each planting design plan takes into account the soil conditions; garden aspect and elevation; challenges from wind, native munchers (rabbits, deer etc) and plodding feet (dogs, small children etc); preferred maintenance levels; how the garden will be used; client budget;  and, most important of all, the style of planting that the client prefers. All this takes time, making planting design a very focussed and intensive experience for garden designers!


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