What to do in your garden in January

It’s January and the start of a new gardening year. Despite the wintery weather here are some jobs you can be doing in your own garden this month:- Complete winter pruning of fruit trees; Prune wisteria shortening summer pruned shoots back to two or three buds from old wood; Remember to water planted containers in […]

January’s plant of the month

January’s plant of the month is Mahonia japonica – an evergreen shrub which flowers in winter (one of the few that does!). It has leathery, spiny leaves so is good to use as a barrier plant. Fragrant yellow flowers, sometimes followed by black or purple berries. It will grow to a height of 1.5m in […]

Drought tolerant perennial plants

As summer temperatures start to increase globally with less rainfall to irrigate our gardens it’s time to think about the ‘right plant for the right place’ in our drier gardens.  So what can you grow in your garden in North East Scotland which will look good all year round, survive the drier summers and also […]

The problem with artificial grass

In March 2019 the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) took a stand against the widespread use of plastics in gardens by banning artificial lawns and plants from all of its advertising and sponsorship.  You may be asking why? Here are 10 reasons:- Artificial lawns are made of plastic – mainly unrecyclable polyurethane and polyethylene – […]

Plants for winter structure

A question which I am often asked at my consultations is ‘what can I grow in my garden in North East Scotland which will look good all year round?’ Many people would like to emulate the show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show (wouldn’t we all?!) but many plants featured there will not survive a winter […]

Gerbera Designs (Garden Design) consultation Christmas gift voucher

Give the one you love the gift of gardening this Christmas! Gerbera Designs (Garden Design) consultation gift vouchers are now available on our online shop – Gerbera Designs Gift Voucher Gerbera Designs gift vouchers are £120 each and can be posted, delivered or emailed to the recipient. They give the recipient a 2 hour garden […]