Author: judithegardener

Working as a garden designer..

Sometimes clients need a helping hand in un-muddling ideas or a steer towards what’s possible in their garden, from their starting place. I love putting on my creative hat and although often framed in the restraints of reality, it does seem to work out. That point of seeing a garden come to life is a genuine thrill for me but it isn’t magic and its creation doesn’t happen in 3 days. It takes a serious amount of time to evolve and on occasion rethinking a design or a concept completely and starting from scratch. Sometimes clients don’t want to...

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Planting for pollinators and your plate

Gardening on my Baldock allotment this week I have realised how enriching it feels not only to work my plot but to see all the abundant growth that has excelled over the past few weeks. The intense sun and random heavy rains has brought everything on. The runner beans have now grown up past the 8ft of their canes and the sunflowers ‘Evening Sun’ are reaching new heights.   My passion for gardening has been reignited by taking on this half plot. It has become not only my learning place but also another passion and my playground. From early...

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Cephalaria gigantea (Giant Scabious)

I first came across this plant in a village communal garden and was instantly in love with it. The classic pin cushion flower head which is a ‘must-have’ for pollinators is absolutely beautiful. Typically pale yellow flower heads held up high on tall stems, this is an abundant cottage garden classic. Where to grow Cephalaria gigantea (Giant scabious) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years. Suggested uses Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife. Cultivation Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Needs staking in exposed gardens....

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A courtyard garden in need of a planting plan..

Working closely with my clients to create a beautifully simple semi-formal planting scheme for a courtyard garden in Baldock. The garden has an elegant feel, now enhanced with a new planting scheme that incorporates evergreen planting with seasonal deciduous highlights. The old plants had outgrown their planting spaces and had became one ubiquitous form, which also took up much of the ground space. Bringing calm, order and simple elegance into the garden with Lavender ‘Hidcote’, white scented roses and having fun with square and globular Box (Buxus sempervirens). The garden really has transformed. A lovely scheme to create and...

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Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’

Whenever and wherever I see this plant I always think of my twin brother.. we have similar tastes in plants and certainly both love the colours in this herbaceous perennial. Coming up unfailingly each year with renewed vigour and charismatic charm. The leaflets are fine and delicately serrated with beautiful acid green to pink tones, gorgeous in the front of a border with a dark backdrop. Why not play with colour and plant with contrasting coloured plants to really brighten up your border. A possible companion plant would be Heuchera ‘Binoche’ a real dark beauty which brings a little...

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A day in the garden..

A mixed bag of delight and surprise.. Loving my Mother’s Day border, the forget-me-nots are gorgeous and now completely frame the border. Began the spring-clearing of leaves and weed seedlings from the borders. There is such a sense of satisfaction at scooping up the last of the winter leaves and bringing focus to the emerging new life. The spring-flowering bulbs are well and truly on the march, including Lilium ‘Eye Liner’ but is sadly under attack from slugs, defense is now in place and here’s hoping they are deterred until they reach a height of safety. Bringing pots and...

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Mother’s Day and beyond..

On Mother’s day in 2015, not being able to see my son and feeling a bit sad I decided to make a ‘Mother’s Day’ border to cheer myself up. Busying myself in the home garden really helped lift my spirits and now and always I have this gorgeous spring flowering border to enjoy each and every year. Framed by ‘Forget-me-not’ (Myosotis scorpoides), which I thought was fitting.. the beautiful pale blue flowers look exquisite against the dark evergreen leaves of the ever-present ferns, of which I have planted 3 different varieties. The pale yellow and delicate flower heads on...

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Free planting and design tips at Tapps garden nursery today

Today is the day to come visit me at Tapps garden nursery on Wallington Road in Baldock, Hertfordshire. Always happy to talk planting and design and if you have some time I could walk you around the nursery to give you some planting ideas for spring and summer. I’ll be there from 2pm today – Saturday 18 March 2017 Looking forward to seeing you! Save Share...

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