Tag Archives: garden design ideas

How to Design a Small Garden

Garden sizes aren’t what they used to be, many modern gardens are small and often odd shapes. This reduction in area makes designing more difficult, what can you put in and what should you leave out of the garden. Traditionally gardens have been designed around a lawn with flower beds and a small patio, but this layout doesn’t work well

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Best Garden Design Books

Summer is the best time to see how your garden is growing and whether your plan is working!! But if your garden is not behaving itself – or it’s just not making you smile…. there’s a great little book that’s perfect for you! Now I will blow my own trumpet but one of the best garden design books you could

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PlantPlots Design

2021 – has been our best year ever! PlantPlots Design Service just took off this year with orders from all over the country, in case you were wondering why I haven’t been posting as much. It’s because I have been flat out designing loads of gardens! Now that the summer has well and truly arrived and everyone is enjoying being

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Hampton Court Flower Show

the Good, the Bad and the Unrealistic! This is the final post specifically about the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2021; and I must say that the show organisers have pulled a show together in the most difficult of circumstances. So congratulations to all, the World and Nature have thrown biblical events about like confetti over the last 18 months;

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Are RHS Show Gardens worth copying?

In other words – how to not let show gardens deceive you! OK, so am I being harsh, well actually no. Having visited several shows over the years, the show gardens and display gardens although lovely and fabulous, do very little to help the average garden owner or novice gardener. The reality can sometimes be the opposite and can cause

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2021

We came, We saw, We thought …. I was so excited this year to receive my first ever Press Pass to this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show! So myself and trusty photographer friend H, (whom you will all soon meet in the next series of podcasts from ‘The Plotting Shed‘) rose at the crack of dawn to drive to

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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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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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How to maximise space in a small garden

Most articles about garden design will show you pictures of wonderful gardens and then tell you all those things you can do to maximise space in a small garden. But much of the ‘advice’ doesn’t help much; it tends to say… ‘Have a Plan’ | ‘Sensible Seating’ | ‘Create a Sensory Experience’ | ‘Plant in Layers’ | ‘Pick the Right

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How to Make a Garden Feel Bigger..

Geranium johnsons blue flower in sun close up

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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