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I usually spend some time discussing the plants and colours my clients like right at the outset of a new job. Invariably, conversation turns to providing year-round interest.
What does year-round interest actually mean and how easy is it to achieve a garden for all seasons? If there is space, it is good to include plants which flower/have berries/fantastic foliage at different times of the year (and also into winter) to extend the interest. Bulbs are also great for providing early spring colour in February and March when other plants are only just starting to wake up. However, a garden which has just one or two plants flowering at any time would be dull. So, it is also important to plan for a border to have enough plants which flower at the same time to have a proper dramatic effect. That is the basic formula for success but we are just getting started on the process.
When I begin drawing up a planting plan I analyse the soil for pH and texture. I assess the surroundings for sun, wind and shade. Then there is the question of style. Would a particular planting style suit the garden design I have in mind more than any other? Do I need the plants to perform a function? Are they there to provide scent? Do they look good in death? Then we are back to the client’s favourite colours and, of course, the colours they don’t like are equally important.
The planting of a garden is never an after thought at Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design. If you would like to achieve year-round interest in your garden you can contact me to make an appointment to see your garden and I can take it from there.
One of the questions I am often asked is whether I can see through the clutter of an outdated garden and bring out its potential. The answer is “of course” as that is what I am trained to do and is actually what I love best about my job.
I won’t assume that we have to remove everything but neither will I assume that everything stays. Often cost is an important factor but it is not the only factor. Some existing features (say, a tree) might be important to retain whilst others (like old sheds in a prime position) might have to go. It is all part of the design process and it is one I am more than happy to lead on and guide you through. In addition, because I 3D model your garden you will easily be able to see what your new space will look like and, having seen it, if you wish to change it, that’s easy to do.
Let me transform your garden for you and make it a space you can enjoy. I have experience redesigning all sizes of gardens from new builds to larger country gardens.
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Jo Manfredi-Hamer is open for business and operating within Covid-19 restrictions.
We are conducting initial consultations outdoors whilst maintaining a 2 metre distance. Alternatively, initial consultations can be carried out on Whatsapp or via Zoom, with or without a follow up visit to the garden. Surveys are carried out on our own in the garden and designs can be presented via Zoom/Whatsapp or in the garden.
Planting plans can be provided entirely remotely if dimensions of a bed or border are provided and we can help you to test your soil. Spring is one of the best times to get planting so don't delay as it is just around the corner!
Landscapers are incredibly busy so, if you would like a new improved garden space for 2021, contact us today.