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October 19, 2016
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Autumn: few of our favourite things … Here come the bulbs!

As summer flowers fade and fizzle, a delivery of fat, plump bulbs offers the promise of Spring and beyond. There’s something rather wonderful about planting the heart of an unseen flower in Autumn, to be forgotten about for months until bulbs burst into colour into the Spring, long before most plants awake from their Winter slumber. Easy to grow, inexpensive and requiring a minimum of […]
October 12, 2016

Autumn: few of our favourite things…

A gentle month with warm days and cosy evenings, October sees the garden gracefully move into autumn. Low light levels and shorter days sees the atmosphere within the garden change as summer ebbs away. Though it is be time to tuck the garden into bed for the coming winter, there is still so much to enjoy in the garden: there is an array of fruits […]
October 5, 2016

Your questions answered: Bare-root, Root-ball, or Containerised?

Here we are again, it is that time of the year in which attractive catalogues and newsletters try to seduce you with intriguing bare-roots plants of familiar as well as unheard varieties. You might well have room for ‘just one more’ specimen in your garden, and be ready to fall into temptation…… but what does bare-root really mean, and is it really a good alternative to […]
September 28, 2016

Ann-Marie Powell’s top 5 Tulips!

With so much choice, choosing the perfect variety of tulip might feel quite overwhelming! This week we come to help – revealing Ann-Marie Powell’s favorite varieties, so why not grab a cup of tea and put your feet up? Tulipa ‘Abu Hassan’: A stunning bi-coloured variety, with dark velvety mahogany flowers tipped in golden-yellow. One of the first to flower. April, 45cm circa. Tulipa ’Ballerina’: The […]
September 21, 2016

Bulbs: your questions answered!

Bulbs can really add an extra dimention to your garden and no planting scheme should do without! This week we will be sharing our clients most common questions on these loved and cheering plants.  Photo source Sarah Raven HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT BULBS? A very sensible question to start with! Your bulb selection will mainly depends on your soil, exposition, and favourite colour scheme. […]
April 29, 2016
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Harrod Horticultural helps bring out the gardener in our RHS Chelsea Garden

To me gardens are for people – healing, welcoming spaces to switch off, contemplate and enjoy growing plants within the great outdoors. The RHS’s vision statement is ‘to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place”. People, and their joy in growing plants are key in achieving this aim. Click continue reading… ‘The potting shed’ in our conceptual […]
April 26, 2016
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Sureset Permeable Paving and our Chelsea Garden

    As garden designers we are aware of the need of our clients to park off street, especially where a resident’s parking permit comes with a king’s ransom. Legislation governs that all new and replacement drives of more than 5 square meters of impermeable paving (where water isn’t directed to a permeable area), needs planning permission. So considering permeable paving is a necessity. Environmentally, […]
April 5, 2016
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Who’s supplying the plants for our RHS Chelsea ‘Greening Grey Britain’ Garden?

We have long been customers of Hortus Loci, who have earned an outstanding reputation in providing top-quality perennials, shrubs and trees to some of the biggest names in the horticultural industry. Mark Straver, Robin Wallis, general manager Michael Buck and team have supplied plants for RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern and many other prestigious shows for years, and we are delighted that this year they’ve found […]