A step-by-step guide to planting through membrane to create a gravel garden

Planting through weed membrane with a covering gravel (or bark chippings) is a great way to reduce weeding and create an attractive low maintenance border.

However, the planting can be a bit tricky, so here are 5 simple steps to make it easier:

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A Wild to Wonderful Garden – A Client’s Perspective

(3rd blog in a series of 4)

 

The plant/herb shopping trip stage of Lindsay’s Garden Pond Project

 

We are now three quarters of the way through our joint project on my garden pond area.

Out with the dreary, weedy and uninspiring descriptors for my pond, and in with words such as enlightened, uplifting, inspiring, weed-free and eye-catching!

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A Wild to Wonderful Garden – A Client’s Perspective

(2nd blog in a series of 4)

The removal, renovation and replanting stage of Lindsay’s Garden Pond Project

 

Cathy removing heather - past renovation

Cathy Cornish removing heather - past its best!

For those of you who saw Wild to Wonderful’s blog last month, you will know that Cathy Cornish is working on what was my rather dreary, weedy and uninspiring garden pond area. The view to my pond from the dining room table made my heart sink. Cathy came to my rescue with a planting scheme to use existing resources from around the garden to give this area a new, colourful and uplifting lease of life!

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A Wild to Wonderful Garden – A Client’s Perspective

(1st blog post in a series of 4)

 

Lindsay's pond

I love my home – and I love my garden. However, with my husband and me both working and three young children to look after, the latter gets overlooked.

Inside the home, our family life revolves around the dining room table. Everything happens there; family meals, socialising, homework, painting, planning, working, playing… However, when we glance out of the window to the garden, our hearts sink! The view from the table to the garden is through the sun room and out to the pond.

As I write this now, the three flowerbeds around the pond are overgrown with tangled weeds, the lavender is past its best, the (rather unattractive) pond filter is visible and the surrounding paths are overgrown. The view is generally disheartening; it’s a job not done…

I could certainly take all the weeds away and cut back the bushes in the background… but what next?
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Our first customer video testimonial…

 

…….see what our customers think of us, in their own words!

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Show garden success!

Garden design show garden
Our courtyard welcome garden at the Henley Craft & Design Show 

We were very proud to be invited to design the Welcome Garden at the main entrance of the Craft & Design Fair at the Henley Show Ground, near Hambleden, which took place on 21st-23rd June this year.

The welcome garden was split into 3 specific garden areas to reflect the differing needs of the garden owners and illustrate and inspire the visitors to the show with ideas for their own gardens.  There was a formal entertaining courtyard garden, a relaxing area with wildlife habitats and a woodland style garden.
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Wild to Wonderful creates its first show garden!

Craft and Design Fair at Henley 21-23 June

We are delighted to announce that Wild to Wonderful Garden Design will be creating the Welcome Garden at the entrance to the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, taking place from 21-23 June at Henley Showground.

The welcome garden will feature different areas to replicate different areas of a typical garden – areas for entertaining, relaxing, attracting wildlife and growing vegetables, so there will be plenty of ideas to apply to your own garden, whatever its style or size. Why not come along and see for yourself…
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Why use a garden designer?

It's a great idea to talk through your ideas with a garden designer

As with all things in life, it’s a good idea to have a plan to work to and an idea of where you are going, and your garden is no exception.

Being effectively another room of your house, a properly designed garden can greatly increase the value of your home, so it’s important to get professional help if you don’t feel comfortable tackling the project yourself.
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Why winter is a great time to design your garden!

February garden

Design your garden in the winter!

February is a hard month for all of us, and our gardens are no exception.  It’s still cold and wintry and although there may be the odd brave bulb or shoot rearing its head, most things are still in their winter hibernation state.

But strangely, this is actually a great time to plan your garden…
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Designing the outdoor space around your new home

If you are building your own home, exterior design is just as important as the interior!  Click on the link to read our article, as featured in September issue of Build It magazine for some useful hints and tips!

exterior design feature-Build It magazine September 2012 edition

 

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