The end of another year is upon us. Time to sit back and enjoy some free time. Hopefully we won’t get any bad storms in the time since I have written this article, but providing you have already cut back your trees you will be in a good position to relax.
Gardens can be a lot of work, but as said last month, you must remember to enjoy your garden space, don’t just make going into the garden all about work. This is where having fun social and secret spaces within your garden give you more of an incentive to sit and enjoy.
If you are thinking about a new garden or a change to your existing garden the one thing I would suggest to do is to try and make the garden and the house more of one space which works together. If you are designing a new house or house reform this idea is especially good. Not only does it appear to increase the size of your house, it always creates a serenity and a link to the garden and landscape beyond. Part of what I do as a garden designer is to allow customers to explore possibilities they have maybe not explored. So, if you are looking at doing a project with your property we are always available to go through your design options and work with your architect and builder to create a complete package - not just a house and a garden but a property project that works seamlessly together.
Easy ways to create a connection to your garden from inside to outside is via the use of larger doors or bifold doors allowing you to open the house as required. From the outside one of the easiest way to make your house part of your garden is the use of a pergola that matches the architectural style of your house.
This connects the two elements together. So, remember, if you want to create the best project call Charlesworth Gardens to come and meet with you and your architect from the beginning to get the best for you, your home and your garden.
Plants of the month:
Just to start I will be a little cliché, Poinsettia, Euphorbia Pulcherima.
Coming in a huge variation of colours now, these brilliant festive plants are always wonderful to look at. They can be planted in your garden here although they can be a bit of a challenge to grow and remember they only look good at this time of year. Much like the Bougainvillea remember the parts that look like petals are bracts and the flower is the very small bit in the middle.
Just to be a little less cliché a good plant of the month is. Osteopsermum or Dimorphotheca as it is called in Spain. Again, it is an easy, cheap and colourful plant that doesn’t need a lot of work, prune it back around September / October as this plant grows later in the season to flower now through December and January. They are normally in the annuals section at the garden centre, but you will get three to four years growth from them and they often self-seed, so they can be nice thrown across banks etc and with a quick beating back at the right time of year they will be a mass of colour.