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Brilliant colours of the autumn garden
Planting Posted: 04/10/2016
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Brilliant colours of the autumn garden Languorous autumn, when the softening sky shelters a tawny landscape, and romance and warmth sift through the amber glow of the season. A garden filled in with fall colours is always a special pleasure, bringing on a mood of hushed indulgence amidst the sunset tints and scarlet leaves. Autumn’s jewel tones and fire-tinged hues present fall gardens with a rich display of colour and drama. Intense pinks, purples and blues pop out of the earthen scrim of russets and golds, giving gardeners perhaps the liveliest of palettes to work with of all the seasons. Such is autumn’s riches that garden lovers are also bestowed a wide selection of shru...

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To irrigate or not
Planting Posted: 26/03/2015
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How much water does a healthy garden need? In the run-up to summer, the season conventionally associated with thirsty plants and heavy watering, irrigation is a subject generating much heated debate among gardeners. Water is lost from the soil through evaporation and run-off and is also transpired through the leaves of plants. Dry conditions during the summer aggravate water loss, which causes plant fail and a problematic garden just when you need it to be looking its loveliest. The best defense, some advocates maintain, is to make sure your garden gets plenty of water through a rigged-up irrigation scheme – an automatic system, with ...

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Late winter showstoppers
Planting Posted: 12/02/2015
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The start of the new year, the mid-winter slog-- no running out of reasons to turn to your garden for uplift and inspiration in January. Whether as seasonal perk-up or to steel the spirit for what’s ahead, plants that put on the best happy faces this month are great comfort and cheer. Think clouds of spicy colour brightening dusky days and Cornus sanguineum ‘Midwinter Fire’ comes out the perfect pleaser. Its fiery orange-yellow stems heroically intensify as winter deepens, burning the bleak away, as it were, with a raging flame. This brilliant dogwood is low maintenance and creates great borders and beds. More subtle but as potent in ...

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Late Bloomers in The Last of
Planting Posted: 05/12/2014
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The air is getting nippy but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on our especially glorious summer. Surely not when you can brighten the garden with a gleeful burst of colour. Keep the party going – and ease the early chill – with a pre-autumnal dazzle of flame-tinged late-summer perennials and grasses. Most gardens flag this time of the year, wearied of spring blooms and in need of some manful pruning. A pity when the wild hues of late-summer perennials invite play – a merry mix of burnished yellows and blues, wine reds, lively pinks. With its rich purples, lissome reds and vibrant pinks, Penstemon offers instant lush. These bell-...

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Automatic Irrigation
Planting Posted: 03/12/2013
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Automatic irrigation systems are a fantastic addition to any garden scheme. Look after lawns and planting without lifting a finger. Set the timer and sit back! Seasonal reminder! It’s wise to drain down your automatic irrigation system before the frosty weather sets in! Call for more information or assistance……………. The Garden Builders sponsored a stand at this years’ SGD (Society of Garden Designers) Annual Autumn Conference held at Imperial College 16th November, 2013. Garden Designers and Landscape Architects were free to enquire about our comprehensive range of services on offer in the London and Home Counties areas and to discu...

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Fruit Trees
Planting Posted: 29/10/2013
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Don’t forget to plant your fruit trees now! Our wildlife is probably benefitting from all the windfall apples now lying on the ground after the strong winds this week! Fruit trees are a regular request from our clients, especially those clients with young children. There are some very old and unusual native apple varieties here in the UK and it’s a shame to overlook them for the more readily available options.

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Autumn Gardens
Planting Posted: 26/07/2013
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Even though it’s mid-summer now’s a great time to contact us regarding your autumn / winter garden design and garden construction enquiries. Works can be booked in and the whole garden scheme completed by the end of the year – leaving you to enjoy your brand new garden in Spring 2014!

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