Garden Design Blogs – Modern to Traditional
When considering decking within a design project there is now the consideration to make between two different materials – the traditional choice of timber or the newer composite option.
As Garden Designers we will be asked to design lighting schemes for customers who want to enjoy their beautiful well-lit gardens into the evening and throughout the year whilst getting the most from their investments. You could argue that illumination in your garden is almost like having two different gardens.
Discussion around garden design styles will often touch on terms like modernist, modern or traditional. I am going to touch on the first two in this Blog and try and clear up the difference between the two despite the very similar label.
As Garden Designers we have a responsibility alongside our clients to recognize the impacts we can have on the environment and eco-systems we work within. Gardens offer a fantastic opportunity to work towards reversing climate change and improving bio-diversity where currently the trends are very much one of a warming planet and extinctions of species worldwide.
As designer John Brookes MBE said ‘Water is the source of life and one of the Four Elements: it must be that which makes its use so irresistible in the garden!’.
ncluding a lighting plan in your garden can really help you maximise your outdoor space, extending the hours you can make use of your garden entertaining whilst also creating a beautifully lit outdoor room you can enjoy viewed from inside all year round.
I wanted to write this blog to support in my own small way the work of the Society of Garden Designers, the RHS and the Landscape Institute who have helpfully published the information I provide below to counter the claims that Plastic Lawns are ‘eco-friendly’.
You may be thinking about undertaking a garden improvement so that you can both maximise the enjoyment of your outdoor space and add value to your home. However, how much does a Garden Designer cost?
The colour wheel enables the designer to create different combinations that will have differing impacts on the look and feel of the scheme. Therefore, understanding the wheel will enable an appreciation of the relationships between colours.
The colour you use in your garden will be driven by personal preference as well as style, mood & light. Of course plant texture and form is also very important and green as a colour in foliage should not be overlooked.
Most gardens will clearly look their best in the summer months with the return of colour through flowering herbaceous perennials when there is a huge variety of options available to create the style and colour palette you are looking for.
One of the fundamental design principles I was taught with the Oxford College of Garden Design was ‘The Rule of Thirds’, a concept developed by the late great designer John Brookes MBE.