Author Archives: Rachel

How to make a garden – design advice for first time gardeners

Geranium johnsons blue flower in sun close up

How very exciting, you have become the owner of your first ever garden! But it’s also a little daunting, especially if you are new to gardening also, what do you do, where do you begin, what do you need to know? How to make a garden! Where to start? Well, creating your first ever garden surprisingly does not involve you

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How to Plan a Garden Border

Let’s face it gardens are really all about the planting. We don’t walk into a garden and think ‘ooh amazing patio’ or ‘the path looks great’. Instead we walk around a garden looking at the plants, that is where the enjoyment lies. So this post is all about how to plan a garden border, so that it looks amazing and

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How to design a natural looking garden

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes with a myriad of styles and themes, but in reality there are only 3 basic forms. Structured gardens, natural more informal gardens and themed gardens, this week’s post is all about creating a natural looking garden. Natural Garden Styles These gardens are by their very nature less ‘built’, with fewer hard landscaped structures.

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What is a Contemporary Garden?

As a designer, I get asked all to frequently about either designing a low maintenance and or modern/contemporary garden – but what really are these? What is a contemporary garden anyway. What is to be created in fact, what is the client actually asking for? This got me thinking; because it is actually quite hard to define a style in

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Small Garden Design by PlantPlots

It’s been a busy February! Thought you would like to see all the designs created last month… Much thinking tea was consumed! And March is even busier …eeek! 🙂 Try our design service -it’s really rather good!

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How to maximise space in a small garden

Most articles about garden design will show you gorgeous imagery of wonderful gardens and then proceed to state all the things you can do to maximise space in a small garden. So I thought I would ‘do’ a little Google research to see what all the experts say. I found lots of articles which was great, but much of what

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How to Make a Garden Feel Bigger..

How to make a garden feel bigger than it actually is! 4 simple design methods to make the best use of your garden. Now, we could now start by showing you images of gardens that look like this… but at PlantPlots, we don’t really think these help especially if your garden looks something more like this… What you really want

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – Muddled Gardens!

Muddled gardens – sadly creep up on the unsuspecting gardener, these are gardens that once followed a plan, but that over time have morphed and evolved into a bit of a muddled mess! This post accompanies the 2 podcast episode on Muddled Gardens. There are two parts to consider, the design layout and the planting layout. Design Layout go Back

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – Creating Impactful Borders

show garden at hampton court flower show yellow and black modern theme

This post links to my podcast where I talk about creating impactful borders. Most garden designs are not expensive or major overhauls of the garden, most involve just reworking what is already there. So how can you make the most of a small border or garden? There are 3 basic principles to follow: Create a contrast with the surroundings Concentrate

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – Suburban Gardens

suburban garden redesigned with grey paving and asymmetric borders

Suburban Gardens; make yours stand out from the crowd Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most common forms is the suburban garden. Streets and roads lines with similar looking houses with a front garden and a rectangular garden at the back. The world of suburbia can be lovely, but it can also be uniform, regimented

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