Summer projects 2018

Summer has carried on where spring left off – a constant juggling of projects – and with amazing weather!  Wall to wall sunshine is fantastic for those of us used to more changeable weather patterns, but it did add the burden of regular watering into an already busy schedule.

May to July had me running between old and new projects – with planting taking priority. These are just some of the gardens that have kept me busy:

The most urgent project was finishing and planting up a private rear garden in Kinross, before the clients arrived back from their overseas winter home. You can see more photographs of this garden in the Portfolio.

watering new borders

Planting a new garden in the heat of May 2018 – constant watering was needed!

black shed and trellis

Shades of Green ‘trademark’ black shed and mirror trellis – just the job for lowering the visual impact of garden buildings and screening eyesores

Meanwhile I was also designing a new garden area for an existing client who has moved to a large rural garden. There were three key aspects to the brief: 1) It needed to feel ‘natural’ and to create a garden-within-a-garden, 2) The client had recently visited Japan and wanted to plants in the new garden area to remind her of her trip, 3) It needed to easy to implement as she was going to ask her regular gardener to make the changes for her.

layout plan for relaxed garden area

New planting inspired by client’s Japanese holiday

garden area before redesign

Garden area to be upgraded. The new space will be lush and enclosed – very different from the area as it is now

Another existing client contacted me for phase 2 planting recommendations for his large rural garden. Last year I provided him with detailed plans for a new sheltered belt which will eventually filter the wind that currently batters his house and garden. Now he and his wife would like to improve the planting in a boundary bed that they can see from the house.

Boundary planting in a rural garden

Recommendations for improved planting in and extended mature shrub border

Planting design is the next step in another ongoing project – a large rural garden in East Fife. The garden was built early this year by Creating Eden Ltd and the client plans to plant in stages, starting in the autumn. These clients have been very involved in the design process as they wanted to garden to be ‘just right’. 

planting plan for trees and shrubs

Planting plan for trees and shrubs, using client’s preferred planting list

undulating path and natural stone walls

Terraced borders, large seating area, undulating path, and new lawn areas ready to be sown by the client with slow-growing lawn seed

Garden before design work

Before the landscaping started, the clients got set out the new path as they wanted it, and it works really well (see photo above)

It is always very rewarding to go back to visit gardens as they develop, and to see photographs that clients send me. Here are two gardens that are developing nicely and giving the clients great pleasure.

The first is a rural garden with extensive new landscaping  and planting around a new extension and garage:

Border around seating area

Part of the mixed shrub, grass and perennial planting surrounding a new seating area outside a large extension – planted April 2018

Border around seating area

Mixed border between new circular patio and parking area. In time this will help to obscure the garage and cars.

The second in a small rear garden designed and planted for a couple who have a profoundly disabled  little boy. You can see more photos of this garden in the Portfolio:

Sensory garden

Sensory garden – landscaped and planted a year ago. The client is adding lovely touches to make it her own space and is learning how to ‘garden’

Another garden that is giving great pleasure not only to the clients but also to the visitors to Muckhart Village Open Gardens – (Scotland’s Garden Scheme) is Mount Stewart garden in Glendevon. This garden opened in May 2016 and again in June 2018. The project has been ongoing since 2013, with different areas of the garden being developed over time.

Muckhart open gardens 2018

Stone circle seating area – one of the first garden areas to be developed in 2013

Muckhart open gardens 2018

Maintenance path behind herbaceous border – it’s the detail that counts!

Muckhart open gardens 2018

Double herbaceous border, backed by bank of mature Rhododendron

Muckhart open gardens 2018

Quiet viewing bench in the Acer grove

Muckhart open gardens 2018

Border in front of dining patio in main garden area, developed in 2016

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