Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Garden transformed

Garden designer LOUISE VENTER describes how she transformed this garden in less than a month

Garden designer LOUISE VENTER describes how she transformed this garden in less than a month

REGARDLESS of how many gardens I’ve done — whether large estates or small courtyard gardens — I still get a thrill when it comes to the implementation and final finish. The planting stage is my favourite, bringing the design on paper to life.

At this stage the borders might appear somewhat sparse and bare as this project was completed only this week. I’ve planted with a long-term view, allowing space for each plant to establish and grow, making it both cost-effective and low in maintenance.

The multi-stem Silver Birch (Betula utilis Jacquemontii) has yet to “relax”. The two espalier fruit trees have already started budding and are the perfect addition. They are self-fertilising varieties — the apple “Scrumptious” is sweet, juicy and wonderfully crisp and the fruits are tantalisingly red when ripe. The pear is a reliable favourite “Conference” which is equally suitable for cooking and eating.

To maximise the space, I have used several climbers which will also soften the boundary fencing.

Pristine as it might appear, provision has been made for wildlife: a log pile in the corner behind the silver birch is perfect for hedgehogs and other beasties; a bird bath (shallow bowl) set on large rockery stones will provide the perfect habitat for frogs or toads; and there are also squirrel-proof bird feeders.Allowance has also been made in two areas for the addition of a sculpture and water feature, to be added at a later date. Lighting will be installed by a registered electrician this coming week.

To fully appreciate the transformation, we would have to wait until at least the middle of the coming growing season. All the herbaceous borders will be in full leaf and there will be seasonal colour from the flowers.

And if Mother Nature is kind to us this summer, we might even have some blue skies and sunshine.

lWith an eye for detail, Louise Venter has a lifetime’s experience in horticulture, extensive plant knowledge and is a practising garden designer. Her sensitivity to the environment, style and age of each property and attentive consideration of her clients’ brief is evident in all her projects, both large and small. Contact her on 07803 583687, email louise_venter@yahoo.co.uk or visit www. louiseventergardendesign.com

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