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Belinda Macdonald, Shades of Green, Hill-Top Garden in Fife 2010 (KY7)

Styles: Contemporary, Rural

Soil types: Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage: Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

Open, windy, hill-top site in central Fife, with excellent views to the south and west. Shelterbelt planting was a priority, along with the development of planting areas close to the house to provide an external domestic context for the recently developed farm cottage. The clients were keen to soften the geometry of the existing patio, deck and pathways put in by the developers and to deal with the unsightly turfed mound at the rear of the house. Deer, hare and moles are a potential challenge for this site, along with the exposed conditions and moderately high elevation. The garden was constructed by a landscaper with much of the ground preparation and planting being done by the clients themselves.

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Belinda Macdonald, Shades of Green

Belinda Macdonald, Shades of Green

About me
I am a professional garden designer/business owner at Shades of Green Garden Design based in Dollar, Clackmannanshire. I help clients to create the ideal garden for their lifestyle, location & budget. I often work alongside my clients in the new garden during the planting phase, chatting with them about why the plants have been selected and what needs to be done to encourage healthy, vigorous growth over the ensuing seasons. Every garden that I design is different, as each one reflects the aspirations, preferences and needs of the client. As result, my working life is one of constant stimulation and challenge, as I seek the best solutions to the problems posed by each garden I am involved with. It's a very satisfying way to spend one's days! Some of my clients' gardens are listed in the Members Gardens section - search for Belinda Macdonald.

Gardening expertise

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Every garden I have been involved with, whether my own or my clients, is a major accomplishment to me. That is the joy of garden-making.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Not having enough time to spend in my own garden!

The gardening project I am currently working on
I always have a range of design projects on the go at any one time, usually a mix of large rural gardens and smaller suburban plots. When time allows, I may take on smaller projects on a consultancy basis.

On the web
Blog: http://www.shadesofgreengardendesign.co.uk/blog
Twitter: sggardendesign
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dollar-United-Kingdom/Shades-of-Green-Garden-Design-Fife-Stirling-Scotland

Belinda Macdonald, Shades of Green's forum posts

Re: Keep off my new plants!
Thu. 1st September 2011 10:06

Re: Favourite Fragrant Flowers & Foliage
Mon. 28th February 2011 19:51

Re: Small tree in a small space
Mon. 28th February 2011 19:47

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