March 5

Top 10 best trees for small gardens

Created by Anna Kapuvari

In London space availability can be constrained, so we must be careful while choosing trees for our tiny gardens. Here is a list of some of our favourite trees that would fit nicely in a small, cosy area.

  1. Olive tree
    This Mediterranean species can flourish in the unique microclimate of London, giving our yard a wonderful silver leaf holiday feel. Can be planted in a border where it will grow somewhat taller or utilised in containers where we can mould the crown into a globose shape. To keep it in the appropriate shape, we must monitor it and prune it frequently.paultons-street_maintenance-41putney-roof-76-b
  2. Specimen Acers
    These trees are among the most adored of all since they stay tiny, have a lovely shape, and have magnificent autumn leaf colour.
    The Acer palmatum-Japanese maple cultivars, such as “Bloodgood,” “Sango-Kaku,” and “Osakazuki,” are the most popular ones.rylett-road-92
  3. Multistem Juneberry trees
    An edible fruit-bearing tree that will thrill you in every season: the winter’s smooth silver-brown branches, spring’s fragrant white blooms, summer’s delicious berries that will draw birds to your garden, and autumn’s stunning red leaf colour.dewhurst-hedgecutting-43garden-maintenance-364
  4. Dwarf Beech tree
    Southern England is home to endemic Fagus sylvatica species, which can naturally reach heights of 35 metres. If you are genuinely interested in these trees, however, you can have a dwarf species in your garden; your best options are Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Nana’ or Fagus sylvatica ‘Asterix.img_5278
  5. Smoke tree
    One of the trees with the nicest autumnal colour. The best purple cultivars for Cotinus coggygrya are “Royal Purple” and “Flame,” while there are many other purple variants available. Also, you can train them to grow into miniature shrubs or trees.poplar-grove-2
  6. Birch trees
    Not many tree can rival with the white bark of the Betula species. Despite the fact that these trees can get rather tall, their loose, light foliage makes them the ideal tree when we need some dappled shade. A border can be beautifully rhythmic and framed by a row of Betula trees.princess-victoria6garden-of-rooms_pot-and-birch
  7. Judas tree
    Cercis siliquastrum is yet another little, Mediterranean, and highly decorative tree. Cauliflory is a botanical phenomena in which flowers are formed on the tree trunk and ancient brachnes.img_5268
  8. Multistem Crab Apples
    Another delicious tree with several stems that would look beautiful in a border, especially with decorative grasses. While the blossoms require bees and butterflies to be pollinated and the fruit is a favourite food source for songbirds, the crab apples will attract wildlife to the garden. They must be boiled and sweetened, much like a jelly or jam, before being consumed by people. a jelly or jam.neena-maintenance-45neena-maintenance-140
  9. Portugal Laurel
    The Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ is the best tree for crown screening since the leaves begins at 1.8 m high, which provides the ideal amount of concealment from prying eyes.
  10. Tree ferns
    These tree ferns, which are native to Eastern Australia yet thrive in London’s climate, are a necessity for an exotic-themed garden.
    They appear particularly attractive when dimly lighted by accent lights.margrit-night-14
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March 1

Top 10 Planting combinations

Created by Anna Kapuvari

Making a flower border is like painting an impressionist masterpiece, except with living colours instead of paint. The greatest satisfaction comes from creating a natural environment for our prized plants, where a wide variety of perennials can complement one another and attract all sorts of wildlife, from busy bees and delicate butterflies to chirping birds.

  1. Tall Perennials 

    Some of the most beautiful perennials, like Digitalis and Acanthus, were likely inspired by the idea that if you want to be noticed, you have to stand out. Spiky flowers can add a pop of colour where it’s needed most, but their blooming time is usually brief, so it’s important to space them out across the year. Bulbs, such as the purple Alliums commonly used in this context, are another smart choice for filling in empty spots in a border.

  2. Purple, white, pink – a classic comboOne of the most popular colour combinations for a border is purple and white because it is sophisticated yet striking. More tones, like pinks or light blues, will only add to the harmony.

  3. Plants with the same flowering timeHere’s where your skills in plant arrangement really come into play: if two plants bloom at the same time, you should place them next to each other in plants of the same colour. Flowers such as astrantia and sisyrinchium, campanula and alchemilla, echinacea and sage, and so on. Make up your own unique colour schemes and experiment with different flower designs.

  4. Using wild plantsIn most cases, cultivated varieties of popular garden plants originated from the corresponding wild ancestors. Perennials from your local meadow or forest can be a great choice for your garden because they are low maintenance and spread quickly by self-seeding. Flowers like boragos, wild geraniums, chamomiles, and forget-me-nots make lovely filler for borders.

  5. Similar colours next to each otherIn order to ensure that a certain colour is always present in your border, it is important to stock up on a wide variety of plant species that share your preferred hue. For instance, when the Centranthus ruber begins to produce seeds, the Penstemon ‘Garnet,’ another species with a similarly coloured flower, opens its lovely bell-shaped flowering, bringing the same tones into the mix with a little overlap in timing.

  6. Same species – different varieties

    Many garden cultivars have a wide variety of forms; incorporating a wide range of sizes and shapes into your border design will give your garden a special collector’s feel. The combination of Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and Salvia ‘Caradonna,’ for instance, is a good example of a palette garden, which some people enjoy creating.

  7. Set a feature pointThere are some plants that were destined to be the centre of attention, and Cynara cardunculus, also known as the silvery globe artichoke, is one such plant. The human eye can rest and be drawn to a large block of feature plant. As an alternative, you can use evergreen shurbs to create visual variety within a cottage-style border.

  8. Trailers and Spikes

    Spiky or tall flowers will always give structural elements into your border, while trailers and other bushy perennials will soften the look. To further conceal the hardscape elements, consider planting trailers at the raised bed’s edge.

  9. Mix up shades and shapes

    In order to make the most of a monochromatic palette, it’s important to vary not only the shades of that colour but also the shapes of the leaves. Because people can distinguish between more shades of green than any other colour, you can use just greenery to create something special.

  10. Complementary colours

    If you want to make something exciting, all you have to do is use colours that are diametrically opposed to one another on the colour wheel. Planting a border of various shades of purple with splashes of yellow is a classic example of this combination.

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February 25

Top 10 Screening Options

Created by Anna Kapuvari

There are various reasons why we would want to block an unfavourable view in our gardens, but the available space occasionally limits our options. Here are some suggestions for sectional screening based on the size of your garden and your preferred materials.

  1. Bamboo
    If you have the room, one of the easiest and most soundproof living screens. There are numerous variations, including those with spreading or clump-forming behaviours as well as yellow, green, and black stems. Even in the slightest breeze, the leaves produce a wonderful sizzling sound. Along with being attractive, it has uplighting.

  2. Mirrors

    Mirrors are an excellent option if you don’t have a lot of room but yet want to make your screening fascinating or even visually extend the area in your garden. You can use a decorative mirror to put on your fence or use a sheet of plastic mirror to cover entire wall portions.

  3. Decorative wooden panelsSometimes using wooden panelling to screen off the neighbours works best in a tiny garden. If you use only a portion of the screen and mix up the materials, you can make it more aesthetically pleasing.

  4. Multistem trees
    If you have a lot of area for them, beautiful trees like birches, crab apples, and Amelanchiers can all be purchased in multi-stem variety to create a lovely loose screen.
  5. Light pergola structureUsing your garden as an outdoor spot is occasionally the finest strategy to screen off the back of your garden. like this fanciful, light-weight pergola with its rolled-up bamboo screens.

  6. Horizontal battens
    This is a designer favourite that will always be in style. You can add some evergreen climbing jasmines for foliage and fragrance or, if you’re holding the screening on a rooftop terrace, remove the viewing windows.

  7. Rolled out bamboo screen

    Bamboo screens can still be used to hide unsightly fencing and unkempt areas if there isn’t enough room. Both horizontally and vertically are possible ways to roll it out. Standard trees placed in front of the screen, if there is room, will soften the pattern.

  8. Square trellis

    A material that can be played with and combined with other features, including water chutes, climbers, and fairy lights, is a favourite of another designer. To display a lovely view of your landscape, you can also cut out circles.

  9. Standard trees

    The Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’, or Portuguese laurel, is the best standard screen now on the market for a modern effect. It is an evergreen cultivar with perfumed cream-colored blossoms and a columnar form. A row of white stemmed birches can look great in a country type garden if you want a looser canopy.

  10. Hedging

    The best option is still to plant a hedge, preferably an evergreen kind so you don’t have to remove as many leaves, if you require protection from the street, noise, dust, or wind. If you like dark green colours, yews are ideal. You can also choose from other broad-leaved species like Griselinia, Pittosporum, and Euonymus. Hedging can also refer to a low-level screen, such as one used to block an unsightly view from a roof terrace. Use Mediterranean herbs like lavender, rosemary, or santolina if all you have are containers.

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September 21

Chelsea show gardens

Created by Anna Kapuvari

Remember the hot days of summer? Let’s keep on remembering with a new example of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show: the category winner in the artisan section, The Sculptor’s Picnic Garden. Designed by Graham Bodle, the oak branches reminiscent of antlers are meant to create a semi-enclosed space, a garden of contemplation, tranquility and relaxation.


The planting cosists of conifers, grasses and shady groundcover plants creating a woodland planting theme.


Detailing is very important to emphasise the message of the garden. Seeing these objects; the leftovers of a woodland picnic, some apples and a blanket, all we want to do is to get into that garden, sit down and relax.


An example of a cute groundcover conifer: Pinus mugo.


Another shady groundcover favourite, Asarum europeaum, the European wild ginger.


A well-deserved gold medal and best in category award for this design, which perfectly showcases the atmosphere of an artisan garden.




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July 28

Chelsea show gardens

Created by Anna Kapuvari

Another big show garden this week: the Royal Bank of Canada Garden featuring three different parts of planting schemes.


Designed by Matthew Wilson, the garden is divided up into three parts, exploring three different planting options: a dry garden, a water-harvesting zone and an edible garden part.


The designs celebrate the curves as a sign of beauty – represented in both the benches and the decking pattern.




The water feature is a 3-part tiered natural stone waterfall.


The planting is energetic and vibrant as the Californian poppies literally pop out from the other silver foliaged plants in the foreground.




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July 14

Chelsea show gardens

Created by Anna Kapuvari

This week we wonder in one of the big show gardens from the Chelsea Flower Show 2015: the Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane


Designed by James Basson, the garden represents the renaissance of perfume industry in Grasse with its traditional plantations.



The planting has a natural feel: this garden could remind us of our childhood when we were running in a field of poppies during summer and playing with the petals of lilac irises.


Many aromatic herbs, like this rosemary, appear in the planting making it a sensory, scented garden.


The lights were attractive bell-shaped lanterns with their wires twisted on tree trunks as well as little colourful glass balls interspersed with the perennial planting.



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July 7

Chelsea show gardens

Created by Anna Kapuvari

This week, we visit one of the fresh gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015: the Dark Matter Garden for the National Schools’ Observatory, which won a gold medal and the best show garden in the category.


The main feature is the corrugated iron structure representing the effect of dark matter on the light.



The circular seating area made from bent steel rods is densely planted – even the path has little groundcovers coming through.




The curved steel rods reflect the light around massive objects in the universe when dark matter is present – if this will not make us interested in physics and astronomy, nothing will!




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July 1

Chelsea show gardens

Created by Anna Kapuvari

This week, we explore one of the artisan gardens from this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the Trugmaker’s Garden.


The garden focuses on the skills of traditional Sussex trugmakers creating baskets from willow and sweet chestnut.


The overall look creates an idyllic and nostalgic atmosphere reminding us about old times when tradition and folklore were part of the everyday life.


The planting combination is vibrant – the orange coloured Geums looked fiery with the blue Delphiniums in the background.



All these equipment were laid out in an organised mess – like they were there for a hundred years. Not an easy look to achieve when building a show garden. Designed by Serena Fremantle and Tina Vallis, this garden well deserved the gold medal.




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