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Garden Solutions - Edinburgh

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We visited a garden in Edinburgh recently where the client is renovating a house prior to putting it on the market. He wanted the garden tidied up in readiness for the sale. He has gardeners that cut the grass and generally keep it tidy, but wanted our expertise to prune, thin out and make the most of the potential of the borders. Ironically, this is a garden I visited 10yrs ago but the client didn’t go ahead with any improvements and had never done anything more to it in that time. It is a lovely garden but it lacks cohesion. The house is a fabulous arts and crafts design with strong design features and the garden never quite matched this.

We spent a day removing dead branches from Rhododendrons, reshaping and pruning shrubs and exposing shrubs that were hidden at the back of a deep border. The skip was filled with cuttings and the builder wasn’t too happy that we had ‘stolen’ the space but forgave us when I pointed out that we had decorated his skip! By the end of the day the garden looked much fresher but there wasn’t a significant visual change. The difference is that a new owner would have healthy plants, be able to see the gardens potential and enjoy walking around without plants hanging over the paths or blocking views. Dead or decaying branches were removed so the whole garden looked cared for.

I’m looking after a couple of new gardens that will hopefully lead to regular visits. I love to get involved in a new project whether it be design or maintenance based. The highlight for me is when my clients speak fondly of their garden when initially they were despondent. Gardens shouldn’t be a chore but it is important to be realistic about what time you can commit to its upkeep. Alterations may need to be made to adjust a layout or material change to create a space that is manageable for you. I anticipate that the couple who bought my house will make changes to suit their lifestyle. They liked the fact that there is no grass to cut despite having a 3yr old, but there are a significant number of plants to manage and I’ll be happy to advice wherever I can. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to having a break from having a garden until I feel like the challenge of embarking on improvements to a communal space.