Styles: Balcony, Child friendly, English cottage, Suburban
Soil types: Loamy
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Neutral
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: South, East, West
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)We inherited a traditional suburban garden when we bought our 1950's house in 2002. The planting was predominantly large, over-mature shrubs and hedges, with a lot of mossy lawn and a weedy dumping ground at the end of the garden. During the house renovations the front garden was wrecked, and the rear garden was invaded by the new extension. I developed the garden in an intuitive, rather than a planned manner, as the main layout work was done before I retrained as a garden designer, and it is stuffed with plants, which are my passion. The garden comprises: a large front area, enclosed within a horseshoe drive and with a deep shrub border to one side; a narrow side garden leading to the triangular shaped rear garden; and a wild garden at the the very end, reclaimed from the giant compost heap and rubbbish dump that we inherited. I am forever digging up areas to experiment further.
There is not a published plan for this garden yet.
I am a professional garden designer, running 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.
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
Re: Keep off my new plants!
Thu. 1st September 2011 12:06
Re: Favourite Fragrant Flowers & Foliage
Mon. 28th February 2011 20:51
Re: Small tree in a small space
Mon. 28th February 2011 20:47
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