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Scotland on Sunday - April

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DESIGN SOLUTIONS


I seem to have switched roles last month from designer to gardener. We were preparing one garden for planting and had to remove some shrubs and trees as well as pruning shrubs and climbers. So often I despair when I see plants pruned badly, either to within an inch of their life or the classic ball shape created by trimming the outside of the plant. As well as being a skill, there is a design element to pruning and creating the right shape can be a rewarding asset to any garden. Once the client understood what we were trying to achieve and saw the difference we made to the space, he joined in the debate and suggested we remove a birch tree to extend the view into a woodland. As we had made some drastic decisions with other plants, we had decided to leave the birch as it was such a good specimen. However, he was correct as his approach was pragmatic and it opened up the view. For once the tables were turned as our client adopted objective thinking….lesson learned!


 

On another project I had £1000 budget for ground preparation and planting, once some conifers and planters were removed, so I reshaped the borders on the lawn and created new borders where the planters had been. Once planted there seemed to be little to show for my 3 day effort but I’m looking forward to the long term result for this sloping garden. The client now has a fresh start to maintaining the open space and appreciates the need for regular maintenance to achieve the best result for their investment.

Day of planting

Designer can have a role to play when considering maintenance of an existing mature garden and it is worth consulting with one that has gardening knowledge before embarking on a full scale clear out. In many cases a plant can be rejuvenated into a fine specimen that would otherwise be expensive to replace or take a number of years for a smaller substitute to mature. Also a designer will consider all aspects of the garden and in most cases cast a pragmatic eye over the overall solution. With the planters and conifers, I was originally asked to remove the conifers and repair the planters. This would have been very expensive so I suggested they were removed as they served little purpose and their budget spent on plants instead.


Diane Pyper Tel. 01506 414459
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