May’s plant of the month

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly known as Dicentra) is an herbaceous perennial forming a mound of divided, mid-green foliage. Commonly known as bleeding heart it has heart shaped, rose red and white flowers hanging from arching stems. It loves a sheltered spot in partial shade in moist soil. It grows to 1 metre tall and 1 metre […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Care Home Sensory Garden

Design Brief The brief was to provide a design for a sensory garden for a care home in Aberdeen.  This needed to incorporate a circular path design to help residents navigate themselves easier around the garden with seating as rest stops.  There was to be a central pergola as a vertical feature, raised beds for […]

Milltimber Garden

Design Brief The clients were looking for a large outdoor entertaining area which link their architecture designed new house to the back garden. The planting needed to provide  year-round colour in a warm colour palette and be low maintenance.  Planting was also designed for beds around the driveway in the front garden.  This had a […]

Circle garden: Planting Design

Design Brief To create a planting plan for a new build garden which the clients had already designed and landscaped themselves. The design brief was for all year round colour and interest with textural plants in purple, pink and white. The client wanted some vertical height in the planting and also climbers to cover the […]

Aberdeen Planting Design: Orange and Purple

Design Brief To create a large curved border with mixed planting in an orange and purple theme in a large sheltered East facing walled town garden in Aberdeen.  The planting has a New Zealand theme. Before               The Design                 After  

Aberdeen West End Front Garden

Design brief: The client’s property was in the heart of the West End of Aberdeen. The hard landscaping had already been designed and constructed in the front garden of the property. The brief was to create a planting plan. The design: The front garden was large with many mature plants already in place. A driveway […]

Stone Compass Front Garden

Design brief: The front garden is East facing. It had steps and path leading to the front door with symmetrical beds on either side of the path and at the front of the house. In the larger beds there were some mature shrubs which were retained and reused elsewhere in the garden. This garden is […]