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Re: Need help with shade planting under trees, please.

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

Could I just ask, have you built the curved retaining wall yourself or did you get a landscape firm in to do that? Did anyone design the wall?

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd January 2012 09:10

Re: Need help with shade planting under trees, please.

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

Clipped box will work in even deep shade.

One of the best plants for north wall though would be Sarcococca humilis. Plant en masse as a large block. The scent in the early spring is fabulous. And it's a nice, neat evergreen shrub.

  • Posted: Sun. 22nd January 2012 19:58

Re: Ground cover

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

Try Erigeron karvinskianus. It's very low, its pink to white little daisy flowers bloom on and on well into autumn and it's as easy as pie to grow. Looks fantastic grown en masse. Unbeatable.

  • Posted: Thu. 3rd November 2011 23:35

Re: Planting to offset multi stemmed birch bark cherry

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

May I be bold and urge you NOT to put shrubs around a multi-stem tree. I am an experienced garden designer and I would suggest a dramatic multi-stem such as yours deserves only the plainest, subtlest accompaniment. I would go for a single species low plant for 2-3m diameter around its base. How about Erigeron karvinskianus - pink and white daisy flowers look great en masse and they flower for ages. Keep it simple and it will help show off the tree.

  • Posted: Thu. 20th October 2011 09:21

Re: Need wind hardy plant ideas

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

How about going for a prairie planting scheme. After all prairie's are well adapted to wind. In fact if you choose some grasses they make best use of the wind by gently billowing and arching adding movement to otherwise static gardens. Try Molinia Windspeil or Stipa tenuissima for starters. Mix the grasses with perennials such as might be found in a meadow e.g. Achillea, Scabious, ox-eye daisies. I have a few shots of a prairie planting scheme I did last year on my website - www.rkgardendesign.co.uk

  • Posted: Mon. 16th May 2011 19:20

Re: Gardendesign advise needed

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer


A couple of observations. The curving lawn is too fussy and the shapes and borders too small. To make a small garden look bigger use large simple shapes. Suggest also that the lawn area should match in with the geometric shapes of the boxed area. You also need to consider blocks of planting at different heights to give it a stronger 3D feel. And keep the plant palette simple for greatest effect. I could do you a simple design with suggested planting by email if you like for a small fee? You can look at a few photos on my Shoot page to see other gardens I have worked on. Robert

  • Posted: Fri. 25th March 2011 21:16

Re: Re: Re: Re: Mediterranean garden

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

I don't see why you shouldn't carefully scrape away some soil to see what condition the septic tank is in. They often have thick concrete roofs if not too old. Is it still being used? If the fir roots haven't penetrated the tank I think it would only be a good thing to get rid of the fir, to prevent the roots damaging the tank later as it grows. And the Hebe should come out reasonably easily.

  • Posted: Sat. 4th September 2010 05:30

Re: Mediterranean garden

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

By the way two really beautiful grasses:
Deschampsia cespitosa for silvery maturing to golden seedheads
Helictotrichon sempervirens for long blue arching stems supporting the buff seedheads. Fab!

  • Posted: Sat. 4th September 2010 03:57

Re: Mediterranean garden

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

Nice climate down there for plants!

On a recent trip to Sicily I saw some wonderful wild combinations of grasses and wild scabious. You could repeat this look with Scabiosa caucasia, Knautia macedonica or Succisa pratensis.
Shrubs might include Coprosma, Myrtus (myrtle), Philadelphus Manteau d'Hermine (dwarf mock orange), Rosemarinus (Rosemary) and Lavender of course. Most of these are scented and I think a good evening aroma is key to a mediterranean garden. Best climber for aroma by far is Trachelospermum jasminoides - not actually Jasmine but this climber is much tider, more in control and has Jasmine like white (or now soft yellow version) flowers. But the scent is amazing!
Use a few spiky plants like Astelia, Agaves (better in pots) or Phormium for accent plants. And somewhere you ought to have some olive trees in terracotta pots. Erigeron karvinskianus is a great plant to have tumbling down some stony steps.
Hope this helps a little. Give me a shout if you'd like a planting plan.

  • Posted: Sat. 4th September 2010 03:56

Re: laser measurer

from Robert Kennett - Garden Designer

God yes!

However keep a tape too. There are often many obstacles in gardens where, for example, it is easier to pull the tape through a climbing plant than it is to find a line of sight for a laser distance measurer. You will also need a level but go for an optical one rather than a laser level unless you're involved in some huge engineering project.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th August 2010 03:55