March’s plant of the month

March’s plant of the month is Helleborus argutifolius or the holly-leaved hellebore. It is an evergreen perennial which grows to 1 metre tall with stout stems with spiny toothed leaves. It has bowl-shaped, nodding, pale green flowers in large open clusters. It likes a sunny or partially shaded spot in a sheltered position in moist […]

What to do in your garden in March

Hopefully spring is now in the air! The top gardening jobs for March in the ornamental garden include:- – Scrape away a layer of old compost of permanently potted plants and top dress with fresh compost; – Cut back perennials left with top growth over the winter; – Divide overcrowded clumps of herbaceous perennials and […]

February’s plant of the month

February’s plant of the month is the humble Snowdrop. Snowdrop or Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green. They grow to approximately 20cm in height, with broad, grey-bloomed, dark green pleated leaves and solitary […]

What to do in your garden in February

It’s February! Here are the jobs you can be doing in your garden this month:- – Trim winter flowering heathers as flowers fade; – Cut back late summer and autumn flowering clematis to the lowest pair of strong buds; – Sow bedding annual seeds (Begonia/Pelargonium); – Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering; – Prune hardy […]

Current Garden Design Projects

We are currently working on the following garden design projects:- Steading garden near Newmachar – redesign of front, side and back gardens. New build garden in Ellon – redesign of front, side and back gardens. New build garden in Dunecht – redesign of back garden as a wildlife garden. Contemporary style garden in Inverurie – […]

Inverurie Cottage Garden: Planting Design

Design Brief To create a planting plan for a front garden near Inverurie which was laid to lawn. The design brief for this South West facing garden was for all year round colour and interest.  The client had created two beds in this area – a circular one and rectangular one.  We decided on different […]

Contemporary Circle Garden

Design Brief: The property was a new build house with a rear garden laid to lawn.  The clients wanted a curved contemporary garden design.  They were keen to have a larger patio area for outdoor entertaining, a raised bed wrapping around the patio, additional seating and colourful contemporary planting with all year round interest. The […]

Contemporary Terraced Garden

Design brief: The clients wanted to create a more usable space in the side and back garden.  The side garden is South West facing and gets lot of sun in the afternoon and evening.  They wanted to create an area where they could sit in the evening as the sunset.  They also wanted privacy in […]

Orchard Brae School Sensory Garden

Design brief: The aim of this project was to create a sensory garden for a special school in Aberdeen City. This was to support pupils in their outdoor learning and gardening activities.  It needed to be a colourful, sensory space which was low maintenance. The design: The school garden was North facing so the plants […]

Haddo House Sensory Garden

Design brief: The aim of this project was to create a sensory garden for visitors to Haddo House Estate near Tarves in Aberdeenshire. The previous sensory garden had fallen into disrepair and was being revitalised by a volunteer group, Friends of Haddo Country Park.  We took on the design as a volunteer.  We worked with […]