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Gillie Leaf revitalised Mark and Linda's Garden

Gillie Leaf Garden Design has recently used Shoot in an  innovative, new way - by providing a unique garden audit for a  couple of avid gardeners in North London.

About Mark and Linda's garden and audit needs

Mark and Linda have lived in their North London house for over 12 years. They landscaped the garden when they first moved in and have maintanined it themselves ever since. In the past 12 years they have found that some plants have died, some have become leggy or overgrown and some are just not right for their garden any longer. It was at this point that they contacted Gillie and asked her to start a long-term project of identifying and amending the planting structure.

Mark and Linda's Garden

Using Shoot to support a garden audit

We spoke with Gillie about how she has used Shoot to support this project. Gillie charged her clients' an initial fee of £136, for a full garden audit, a garden created in Shoot, which is shared with both Mark and Linda allowing them to receive branded care emails on a monthly basis. Gillie continues to return on a per-hour consultation fee basis and is finding the project an exciting challenge. She has eagerly waited for the herbaceous perennials to pop up to be identified and then has been adding them gradually to the planting list.

Gillie has used Shoot to aid her plant identification and to give her clients a tool for understanding and maintinaing their garden plants. During Linda and Mark's project she has had three new client referals including planting design projects. 

Perspective view

Althougth Gillie just started using Shoot she can see the potential for sharing gardens with her clients who are keen gardeners or would like to become so. She has found that creating plant lists is great for her organisation of her planting process, for recalling work and clients, which usually helps with repeat business. Most of all she loves the multi-plant tool: "It is worth a million dollars in saving me time" 

Mark and Linda have praised Gillie's professionalism and find all her work is carried out efficently. The are also very happy with Shoot, think it is a wonderful idea and are looking forward to years of gardening and care calendar notes to come.

Plants in Mark and Linda's:

This is the list of plants Gillie has identified, plants added in spring as well as some of the plants that Gillie plans to plant in the Autumn. In addition to new planting, Gillie has proposed that old congested and overgrown herbaceous perennials will be lifted and divided to reuse the plants Mark and Linda like and to also keep costs down too.

Juniperus scopulorum 'Sky Rocket'
Alchemilla mollis
Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'
Buxus sempervirens
Verbena bonariensis
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Stipa tenuissima
Sarcococca confusa
Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'
Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight'
Choisya ternata 'Sundance'
Euphorbia amygdaloides var robbiae
Iris pallida subsp. pallida
Dicentra spectabilis
Phlox paniculata 'White Admiral'
Polystichum setiferum
Sedum 'Matrona'
Nepeta racemosa
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double'
Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Euphorbia polychroma
Rosa 'Marchesa Boccella'
Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'
Helleborus argutifolius
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Sambucus nigra 'Guincho Purple'
Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'
Geranium 'Patricia'
Cotinus 'Grace'
Rosa 'Madame Isaac Pereire'
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Hosta 'Krossa Regal'
Iris 'Black Swan'
Taxus cuspidata
Nandina domestica 'Obsession'
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake'
Phlox paniculata 'Border Gem'
Paeonia 'Monsieur Jules Elie'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Pink Dawn'
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Tricolor'


Plants added in the spring:


Pulsatilla vulgaris
Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price'
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow' (Barlow Series)
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'


Plants to be added in the autumn:

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Viburnum davidii
Allium 'Globemaster'
Tulipa 'China Pink'
Tulipa 'Black Parrot'
Allium stipitatum 'Mount Everest'
Narcissus 'Thalia'
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Iris 'Rhapsody'
Camellia hiemalis 'Kanjiro'