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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

June’s plant of the month

June’s plant of the month is Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem. ‘Purple Sensation’ is a perennial to 90cm, with short basal leaves dying down by flowering time. Flowers are small, vivid rosy-purple, in […]

How much does a garden makeover cost?

When I visit clients for the first time, the inevitable question comes up ‘How much does a garden makeover cost?’ This is a difficult question to answer as each of our garden design projects are bespoke to the client’s requirements. BUT you should have a budget in mind at the outset when first talking to […]

Best of Houzz 2022 Customer Services Award

We are pleased to announce we have won a Best Of Houzz 2022 award for Customer Service – the second year in a row! This award is allocated by Houzz to service-oriented professionals as a sign of their commitment to excellence. Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design has a worldwide community of […]

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 […]