Children’s Garden Design

Children’s Garden Design – Children vary in their needs and temperaments as much as adults do, and their desires change with alarming speed as they grow up. So think carefully before starting with children’s garden design and investing in any of the playground-style equipment that you see in the shops, however well made and designed, it has a limited life. Continue Reading

Well-Placed Attractive Decking

Well-Placed Attractive Decking – Landscape architects and developers pass up the opportunity to enhance the ambiance of their projects by including some well-placed attractive decking. Everyone loves a deck. Backyard decks are so inviting and they make you want to kick back and relax. Even a simple wooden deck gives you place to sit and enjoy during summer season. Continue Reading

Herb Garden Styles

Herb Garden Styles – A formal herb garden is often designed in the form of a parterre with closely clipped low hedges of box, which give a defined frame to the herbs. There are other suitable plants for hedging, however. Santolina chamaecyparis gives a beautiful silver frame to the design, wall germander (Teucrium x lucidrys) has neat triangular dark green leaves, and the dark green foliage of rosemary and the dwarf lavender ‘Munstead Dwarf ’ can be effective. Continue Reading

Plants & Climatic Adaptations

Plants in the wild have adapted to the soil and climate of the regions in which they grow. If you want to grow plants where they do not originally belong, you have to try and provide the conditions they are used to or they will die. Many plants from the tropics or the deserts will not survive out of doors in a temperate climate. Other plants may be half-hardy and able to withstand a certain degree of cold but will be killed by a hard frost. Continue Reading

Garden Walls

Garden Walls – Walling, although the most expensive kind of boundary, is immensely durable, and can form the perfect perimeter to any garden. There is a wealth of materials from which to choose, from natural stone, or reconstituted stone, to patterned concrete. Most walls are free-standing, but remember that retaining walls, supporting a bank or higher level, can also become an integral part of the garden framework. Continue Reading