Surrey Garden Design Inspiration

Other counties might be extolled as the garden of England but the county of Surrey where we have our office is rightfully the home of some of the best gardens in the British Isles. A brief glance at many a best gardens list and Surrey gardens will often appear.

The best known are the large gardens opened by organisation such as the Royal Horticultural Society and National Trust. The former’s RHS Garden Wisley is rightfully one of the most visited in the country. It can at first glance seem a mix of botanical garden with ‘features’ thrown in but after many visits you understand that this garden stands apart as both scientific collection and centre as well as giving inspiration season by season. If you have limited space in your own garden this is a great place to see how borders can be designed to give year round interest. Or if you’re interested in a specific species then you’ll likely get something from a particular area. A top tip, check out the orchards in the spring when they blossom, its an oasis from the crowds that hover down in the main body of the garden.

The National Trust is well represented in Surrey as well. Clandon Park, a Palladian mansion is set in 7 acres of garden, Claremont however os probably more widely known. Claremont is a beautiful garden surrounding a small lake and featuring an unusual grass amphitheatre. The garden’s creation and development has involved great names in garden history, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. In 1726 it was described as ‘the noblest of any in Europe’ and the garden today is of national importance. For something more subdued Runnymede is the riverside site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, historically significant with one of the few easily accessible designs of Jellicoe.

These gardens are significant and you can sometimes get inspiration from them, especially for planting but if you want some ideas for smaller gardens than a year of visiting the Surrey gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme is well worth a try. They won’t always be to your liking but some will strike a chord. Small gardens such as Stuart Cottage in East Clandon, Heathside in Cobham, Walton Poor House in Ranmore and Chinthurst Lodge near Guildford are all interesting for the plantaholic in you. Vann in Hambledon and Cleeves near Haslemere are Surrey gardens worth a look for their design ideas for older buildings. And there are other gardens such as Timber Hill near Chobham, a garden that glories in fine trees as well as great planted borders.

And of course these Surrey gardens are all owned by enthusiastic gardeners so it’s always good to go back and see what has happened over the years. A garden such as that at The Round house in Loxhill is constantly evolving often, in this case because of an owner gradually creating a new garden from once neglected market gardens. So the National Gardens Scheme gardens in Surrey are well worth an exploration but be prepared to be both delighted and exasperated. They are private gardens, created by their keen owners, not you, so don’t be surprised if occasionally you see the plants you’re not so keen on. But from experience these gardens will also turn you on to new plants and new ideas that you can twist for your own uses!

Of course we don’t all want the maintenance that is so often involved with these gardens that open for the public. Sometimes it’s good to just see what other people are creating and revel in the seasonal colour whilst going back to our own simpler gardens where we can manage the changes in our gardens. If that’s the case don’t forget about the many resources in the county. Of course many of the gardens mentioned above will sell you some great plants and in the case of some you’ll find something unusual to impress your friends. The other thing you will find in abundance are garden designers for Surrey supports a profession second to none drawn by the great climate, an eager audience and a network of great nursery and landscape suppliers. Looking out of the window of my office it’s almost impossible not to see a local landscape van pass by every hour!

Easy Tips and Approaches For Your Flower Garden Designs

Make Your Flower Garden Designs Sweaty

Are you one of the people I know who are creative but just too shy to show their skills? Are you fond of flowers and plants? Are you not afraid to get sweaty and dirty in your garden? Are you the kind of person who loves doing things on his or her own? Then why not start building a flower garden designs and make use of it? Why don’t you show your other side to your family and friends? And prove to them that canvassing on nature is one of a kind.

You can express your real self by designing your flower garden designs base on your personality. It is your own gardens so don’t be afraid to do whatever you want. Yes, I know designing your own garden will need a lot of effort from you but don’t worry because in the end you will definitely be satisfied with the result. Remember there is no right and wrong when you are designing your own patio garden design, you yourself will be the one to dictate on what you should do, but considering some helpful tips with some garden design books will help you make the most of your designs attractive.

Tips Which Can Assist You When You Start Designing Your Own Garden:

  • The first tip would be considering the purpose of your garden. Will it be an area where you and your family can relax or will it be an area where your kids can run around or play? You should think of these things before splurging on things for your garden, the thing here is to think of who will often be around in your garden. If you are living with children, you should consider some safety measures that can affect the design and as well as your garden itself. So think about what is your garden for?
  • The next thing that you should think about is your budget. Do you want to spend a lot of money in designing your garden? Or do you want to lessen the expenses? The key here is to list all the important things that your garden needs for you to be able to budget your money. You can also recycle things that you think have no use. You are not only saving a lot of money by recycling but also you are helping our environment. If you want to make your garden look dramatic, you can put fewer plants as these make a more dramatic effect than splurging a lot.
  • When designing your garden, make sure that you design every corner of your garden. People will not only look at one side, people will look at your entire garden to check your creation. So start imagining your garden as a whole rather than taking just one specific area. For people who have limited space, try figuring out what design will look good that won’t disorder your limited space. The answer in making your garden look attractive is not by putting a lot of plants but by adding some tools that will enhance the look of your garden.

You should always put in mind that the garden you are designing is yours. Remember to do everything that will make you feel better. Make it as relaxing as you want for you to have a sanctuary whenever you needed to unwind and rest your mind. Your patio garden design will reflect your personality so you should design it carefully.

Herb Garden Designs – Brief History

People long ago do not care about their intent or design when it comes to gardening, especially about herb garden designs. What they care most is about the usefulness of that herb, whether as dye, tea, seasoning or medicine. They do not care about some classification of plants as long as it will grow and can be used then a garden will be called a useful garden.

Our habit now of classifying plants into ornamental or useful herbs is just new. During the medieval period in Europe, all plants including herbs of course were believed to be of medicinal value. During the Renaissance, medicine, gardening and botany began to depart but of course did not really one hundred percent differ for many centuries.

Herb garden designs before like the Renaissance and medieval period greatly influence our herb gardeners today. Even though we know some tips about herb garden designs from our dooryard gardeners today, there are some common things that we get before that are still useful now. Also, we have some idea and knowledge about some designs of garden that is being used of royal places and medieval monasteries before.

During the middle ages, there is a visual representation of a formal yet simple garden that can be found on the plan of St. Gall. It is considered a small healing garden that is located near the doctor’s house and infirmary. It consists of a rectangular and large kitchen garden with 18 herbs in pots and beds of vegetables and a square garden that is smaller with medicinal herbs of 16 beds. This one, of some planned herb garden designs, has never been built.

During the 15th-century, enclosed gardens are being practiced as one of herb garden designs. Most of these gardens are depicted in ornamentation in Piero de Crescenzi’s famous written study of agriculture and horticulture. The designs are mostly simple grid patterns, which are made of small squares and some are made up of rectangular beds. The formation of gaps between the bed helps in the easy access to plots. These designs are not only usual on medieval gardens but of monastic gardens as well. This practice is still widely used even today. With this type of pattern, it would be easy to cultivate and harvest our home herbs. This also helps in rotating short-lived crops of salad herbs. This pattern is very functional and gives the neat and pleasing herb garden look.

In addition, not all gardens during the medieval period are utilitarian. Albertus Magnus suggested some ways when laying out herbs in your garden during the 13th century. He suggested putting sweet-smelling herbs like sage and basil surrounding the garden’s center.

The medieval type pattern which is a narrow and rectangular bed were favored by the growing gardens of the Renaissance and is created as teaching gardens by faculties of medicine in universities. Another type of pattern which is based on scientific principles was raised in the Renaissance just like the middle Ages, the Renaissance side with all sorts of enclosures. This practice persisted in the 17th century and even to this day. You will notice that most kitchen gardens are most likely enclosed for practical reasons.

Mixing vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in a single garden were common practice by farmers and householders in the 18th and 19th centuries. These are of medieval character just like 16th and 17th centuries.

Later half of the 20th century, gardeners are now more interested in the ornamental quality of herb gardens. Varieties of plants sprang out due to this trend. This trend gives us the questions on what herb gardens should be. There would be a lot of mixtures, from perennials, ornamental annuals and mixed borders that would include a larger number of herbs. Even with this trend, the important thing is to keep growing our herbs and create our own mark in this long tradition.