Fibrestone Planter Project

Fibrestone Planter Project

Today we received an image from Ground Level Works in London who had used our new range of fibrestone planters in a project at the Bank of Friendship Pub in Highbury, London.

The colour of the grey, almost concrete, finish of the fibrestone planter looks stunning in comparison to the earthy colours of the plants. Using multiple plants in one container also works well, with complementing hues.

These grey fibrestone planters make a bold statement,

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Enter Your Garden To Win A FREE Design Plan
From September our flagship design course, the Great Garden Formula, will have a diploma version available for anyone wishing to design professionally. For this we need 8 real gardens (from anywhere in the world) for students to design… Our students design to a very high standard – take a look at our Student Hall of Fame here! Examples of Successful Garden Design student plans Send us your garden! Before you enter though – please be aware of the following terms & conditions: You may not receive your design plans until next year – students will be required to design 5 out of the 8 gardens we select. So we cannot give you a definitive timescale. Any details you give us about your garden will be available to Successful Garden Design students. The end results, plus photographs you’ve supplied will be used for publicity purposes to a worldwide audience. You must intend to build the garden from whichever design you choose within 2 years and keep us updated with photographs as the garden ..
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When the weather starts heating up you’ll either be basking in the sun or cooling off in the shade and enjoying the beauty of your garden or patio… But what if you haven’t yet created your dream garden? How to glam up your garden for summer Whether you are kicking back quietly or entertaining friends and family, here’s how you can quickly make your garden more inviting without completely re-landscaping your garden. Concentrate your ‘glammification’ efforts closest to the house for most impact Avoid adding expensive permanent fixtures until you have a design for the WHOLE garden Screen off the view of unsightly areas of the garden with trellising or planting in tubs Bring the outside in When setting the scene, it’s key to make your outdoor spaces as comfortable and livable as they are indoors. So you might consider ditching the hard, upright table and chairs that might currently take centre stage and opt instead for a mix of generous seats with comfortable cushions and add some att..
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Garden Design Hack 2 – Alignment
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Gorgeous Garden Design Hack Everyone Should Know
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Plantswoman extraordinaire – Beth Chatto
This week we’re celebrating the renowned plants-woman, Beth Chatto, who sadly died this week at the age of 94. We’ve featured Beth’s wonderful garden near Colchester in Essex several times on the SGD blog. Her inspirational planting style (which won her 10 gold medals at the presitigious Chelsea Flower Show in London) is loved and admired the world over. The Key to Successful Planting Beth was known for her no nonsense approach to gardening. She instilled in to me the ‘right plant, right place’ mindset early on in my career. Beth Chatto’s famous gravel garden Her garden near Colchester had many different soil conditions to contend with, from dry to boggy and even woodland. It enabled her to grow a tremendous range of plants. Beth’s books have helped people all over the world tackle gardens with difficult soil conditions. Beth had a great eye for shape and form, something I think she gained from her years of flower arranging. She was always able to put plants together in stunn..
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Awkward Triangular Shaped Garden Case Study – SGD Student Ana, Madrid
A triangular shaped garden is a daunting prospect to design. And this is one heck of an awkward garden… Small Garden Formula student Ana from Spain was up for the challenge… The garden is around 130m2, wider and with an awkward shape. In has two sides with 20 years old, more than 5 meters high Cupressus arizonica planted every 30-50cm. I do not like that at all, since it makes the garden darker and in bad proportion, it looks like a wall and opresses the space. BUT by law, trees are protected in the urban areas so I can not take them out without asking for a license and most probably they will not approve it. Also I love nature and those trees are livings beings and I really respect them (is not their problem if somebody choose the wrong tree for the space). On top of that it was planted Hedera Hélix with no control making a tangle of branches with no order. The design solution for a triangular shaped garden Here is the design plan that Ana came up with for her Madrid garden… ..
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Tiny space garden ideas – SGD student Rebeca
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Odd shaped garden – how to design an awkward shaped garden
What can you do with such an awkward shaped garden? This garden belongs to Rebeca Brenes a forestry engineer from Costa Rica. While Rebeca knew about plants, there isn’t currently training in her country in garden design. This is a really tough garden to design. Make no mistake, even professional designers would find this one challenging… With no experience and no ability to get professional training, Rebeca was undeterred and tried her best to re-landscape her garden. After 3 years of trial and error (and managing to make the garden look worse!), she eventually found us here at Successful Garden Design and signed up to do our flagship course, the Great Garden Formula – I’ll now pass you over to Rebeca to tell her story… The history of the awkward shaped garden: This garden used to be very green, full of palm trees and a large fern in the corner, which gave a lot of shade. The garden was very exotic (tropical), with many greens, but boring, I did not like being in it. It has ..
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