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Before and After Photos- A garden designer's reward

I love Before and After photos. It reminds me of the chaos a garden was in when I first arrived and how I had to stretch my imagination to have a vision of a more beautiful space.

Being a garden designer in Brighton means I have my fair share of small gardens to design and by far they are the hardest as every material and detail needs to be thought through.

I was helped by my clients in this instance as their brief was a tropical atmosphere and they had already chosen a very clean, interesting looking porcelain tile that mimics old oak panels, even down to old saw marks that might have been made a hundred years ago.

Eventually the climber, Muehlenbekia complexa, will find its way over the top of the water feature making the water running down the sheet metal mysterious.

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Relaxed and colourful garden design

This garden had traditional rose beds cut into the lawn. My clients wanted a garden design that brought a more relaxed, colourful and abundant feel. They also wanted more of their lawn back to play games with their children. This part of the garden is quite shady so we used rhythmical planting of shade and dry tolerant plants with Hakonechloa Aurea accentuating the curves to brighten up this darker part of the garden.

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Garden Design Transformation- Mediterranean theme

We designed the whole garden but this little space leant itself to vibrant colours and Mediterranean planting. There was already a fig against the wall which had been hard pruned and it is now our intension to Fan prune it along the wall. Grape, purple Sage, Salvias and Hellenium all combine to give a feast of june and July colour. By this time next year all the plants will have knitted together well. When doing garden design make sure you plan a succession of Events ie flowers that bloom when other types of flowers are on the way out.

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Before And After

Front and Back of a house in Hove. Over time the tropical plants in the back will form a lush cacoon around the scarlet Talking Circle!

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rapeseed

The photos below unfortunately don't capture the dazzling, eye watering yellow of a field of rapeseed.

Europe grows up to 20 million tonnes of it each year and it is the third most popular oil in the world. It is very high in protein and is also used as an animal feed and biofuel.

It easy escapes fields and is along most major highways in England. It is a brassica and can look from a distance like broccoli that has bolted.

 

 

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