Spring colour combinations

Tulip and spring perennial combinations   After such a dreary long wet spring the sight of coloured tulips is a very welcome one.  For the last 2 months we have been planting bare root trees and hedges for our new designs either in the rain or standing in pools of water – I am surprised […]

Thinking outside the box…

Earlier this year, to our dismay, we discovered an outbreak of the dreaded ‘box blight’ at one of our regular clients gardens. Sadly the symptoms of the fungal infection were abundant in a parterre; designed and planted over 25 years ago! After long deliberations it was decided that one half of the mirror-image parterre (the […]

From design table to coffee table

Spring is always our fun time of year,  completing gardens that were on the design table last year. This courtyard garden was a lovely task. Set within a magnificent old coach house built when Cromwell was around! The shape of the area lent itself to a formal concept, with some ebullient planting to add colour and […]

Visit to Northumberland

For many years now it has been somewhat of a family tradition of ours to have a short break somewhere in the UK on August bank holiday weekend. This year was no exception and we spent a wonderful few days in sunny Northumberland. A day trip to Alnwick Garden was both inspiring and nostalgic for […]

Moving Heaven and Earth

My back has annoyingly gone again – off to the physio next Tuesday! This gives me time to read (which is heaven) and that, links me perfectly to ‘Moving Heaven and Earth’ by Steffie Shields. Known for creating sweeping landscapes, meandering lakes, and swathes of trees in our English landscape – just who is Capability […]

Nikki Applewhite

Bunny Guinness and the Sunday Telegraph

I first met Bunny at one of her lectures on garden design in the north of the County. As well as feeling reassured that I was working on the right lines, she was wonderfully liberal with her advice and information. So you can imagine my delight when I had a phone call from a dear […]