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How gardens differ across the world

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

When we head on holiday, we often marvel at their unique buildings. But, do you ever stop and take notice of their gardens? Possibly not. There are many cultural differences throughout the world and it’s interesting to discover how our outdoor space changes depending on where we live and what are beliefs are.

Here, we look at how gardens are tended to in different societies.

United Kingdom

Let’s start at home. Our gardens are held in high regard when it comes to purchasing a new home. Research claims we will fork out up to £11,500 more on a home with a garden. For some, a garden is more valuable than an extra bedroom, meaning that even those of us who aren’t exactly green fingered love a bit of outdoor space to call our own. We pine for that perfect lawn, shed and relaxation area with a sun lounger – often on a raised area of timber decking.

There are normally 10 different types of flowers in our average sized gardens – 15 metres. Of course, there’s also a garden gnome — is a garden really complete without one? The most popular floral displays include tulips, rose lavender and bluebells, all of which add colour to a vibrant space.

Then comes the greenhouse, birdbath and washing line that help make up the UK’s perfect garden. Unfortunately, though, we normally only spend 12 hours each month in our garden due to the nation’s temperamental weather and our busy lifestyles.

United States

Head stateside and the garden becomes a ‘yard’. It’s often larger than its European counterparts and studies have shown that more Americans are adopting the ‘grow your own veg’ culture in their gardens than ever before, meaning vegetable patches are becoming increasingly popular. The White House even planted its first vegetable since the Second World War in 2009 and, by 2013, it was reported that a third of the American public were growing their own food in the backyards.

Often, you’ll find multilevel gardens in the United States too. Decking is commonly used in spaces that are on a slope in order to provide a flat surface area to host those elusive barbecues, or to overlook your garden.   

Italy

Symmetry and traditional spaces in Italy are the prominent focus, with very few flowers being present. You will mainly find evergreen plants that have been manicured into geometric hedges or topiaries. One thing the Italians are very fond of is covering their stone walls with foliage vines or climbing roses.

It’s often thought that the garden space is an extension of the entertainment area in the Italian home. This means you’re likely to find art work cladded throughout, including sculptures of gods and goddesses. On the patio, a lemon tree that has been potted in a stone urn is one of the nation’s favourites.

While the UK often features water displays such as a bird bath or pond, Italian properties lean more towards the cooling effects of fountains, pools and cascades. Don’t be surprised to see water shoot out of hidden pipes if you’re walking along a garden path — this was a common feature in old Italy.

Australia

Living Down Under is on many Brits’ bucket lists, but do they offer a different garden space? While it hugely depends on where you live — the Outback will differ immensely — we will focus on the suburban areas of Australia since more than 80% of the nation’s population lives in cities or bigger towns.

The climate on offer allows Australians to place outdoor living as a priority in their property. Lawns are becoming less important, with studies showing that a third of outdoor renovation projects are either reducing this space or removing it entirely. Decks, pergolas, terraces and verandahs are springing up in their place and almost half of the projects are incorporating a barbecue area into their plans.

Looking at plants, Ozzie households tend to keep their floral displays native to Australia, or those that are drought-tolerant. For the lucky ones, an outdoor pool is a luxurious addition to the outdoor space, so you can cool down with a splash about.

India

In India, there are many cultural references in the garden space and it is known for its cultural diversity, which is evident in their colourful gardens. Thanks to the tropical weather India encounters, its garden plants can thrive and that is why so many homes will be filled to the brim with flowering plants.

Known as the Queen of Herbs, the Tulsi will be noticeable throughout the country. It is thought of as the holiest and most cherished of the many healing and health-giving herbs that will be found in Hindu homes. Because of its holy status, it is planted in special pots and has earned a very special place in the country’s homes.

Roses are another that will be prominent across the country as they are thought to bring happiness to your life — and they don’t require a lot of care. With cultural references throughout horticulture, money plants are also considered a lucky plant and there will be likely spots with them if you are to observe an Indian garden.

South Africa

South Africans love spending time outside. Be it their own space or elsewhere, they are known to feel at home in open space. Ideas that are often noticeable in South African gardens are increasingly becoming more noticeable across the globe.

Often, you’ll find shaded areas in South Africa’s gardens, so people can get out of the glaring sunshine. This could include shade-loving shrubs and perennials that have a walkway passing through, which adds to the serenity. They are also very fond of the wildlife. Whether it’s inviting our flying friends in for a drink of freshwater or providing nectar-loving birds with plants that delight them, they set up features to help entice the wildlife into the garden — similarly to how we do in Britain.

Society garlic is something you’ll likely find here, too. It’s a worthy addition to herb gardens and the flowers bloom even under duress.

 

No matter where in the world you are, it’s clear that the garden is an important part of your home. While some use it for luxury, others believe certain plants can bring good fortune on the family.

 

Sources

https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/news/a1864/average-british-garden-features/

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/elements-traditional-italian-garden-71411.html

https://gardendiary.info/2016/02/02/10-most-common-plants-in-indian-homes/

https://inhabitat.com/studies-show-that-americans-are-growing-more-of-their-own-food-than-ever-before/

https://www.gardentech.com/blog/gardening-and-healthy-living/an-american-timeline-home-gardening-in-the-us

https://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/95080902/list/in-my-backyard-the-ways-australians-are-reworking-the-outdoors/

https://www.gardenista.com/posts/11-garden-ideas-to-steal-from-south-africa/

 

Ponds – The essential ingredient for wildlife in the garden

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

Most gardeners want to encourage wildlife into the garden. Not only is it good for the environment but also it’s a fabulous method for organic pest control. Many of the birds and animals that will come to your pond are also attracted to garden pests such as those slugs on your Hostas.  Ponds are perfect for frogs, toads and especially newts. You could say that wildlife gardening without a pond is like playing football without a goal.

Ponds can vary in size from a little pool of water to a small lake but any water in the garden is a boon to wildlife as well as a haven for you with the sights and sounds of reflections, water and birdsong.

 

A few things to bear in mind when planning your pond:

 

Location: Avoid constructing your pond beneath trees if possible to avoid leaf fall. Ideally you should choose a Southwest facing aspect near to tall plant growth. You can mark out the position of your pond using string, a hosepipe or linemarker spray

 

Digging  Unfortunately digging is unavoidable but make sure you are happy with the position of your pond beforehand. You don’t want to be filling the hole in and starting again. A wildlife pond should be shallow at the edges dropping down to at least 60cm in depth.

 

Pond Liner Make sure you purchase a quality pond liner. This will make your life easier when laying and give a good lifespan and they often have guarantees. Speak to an expert first before buying your liner to choose the best liner for your needs.

 

No Fish Don’t put fish in your pond if you want to attract wildlife, they will eat all the insects before you can even get started attracting other species and their waste can cause water quality problems.

 

Water quality Use rainwater whenever possible. Collect water in a butt to avoid having to top up with tap water. If you have algae problems add oxygenating plants, you could also consider using a filter or a pump to help oxygenate the water.

 

Safety Always supervise young children near a pond. If you are concerned, put firmly secured wire netting over the surface

These are just a few tips to start you off in creating your wildlife pond. There’s a lot more good advice available on creating the perfect pond.  Please ask us for more advice or contact a pond expert such as Bradshaws Direct 

 

Top tips and tricks for attracting animals to your garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

If you’re looking to attract animals to your garden, there are many methods you can follow. By welcoming such creatures to your garden, you’ll be happy to know you’re helping some of the most vulnerable animals survive through different seasonal periods.

Believe it or not, the population of our bees has dropped by a third. If they were to become extinct, this would cause huge problems as they currently pollinate 70 of the 100-crop species that feed 90% of the world. Here, we look at ways in which we can attract wildlife to our gardens to ensure the survival of such creatures.

A touch of water

If you can, creating a pond could be helpful. This, no matter how big or small, will allow water plants to colonise naturally. It will also provide a welcome spot for amphibians such as newts and frogs to breed but do note that they lie shallower water than is generally thought. However, try not to add fish to your pond if it’s primarily for wildlife as they will eat anything that moves!

Alternatively, you could introduce a bird bath. This will take up less room and provide our flying friends with a much-needed supply of clean and fresh water which is suitable for drinking and bathing. Where possible, set this up at ground level where they would most likely find water in nature, but make sure there’s an open area between the bath and your shrubbery so that the birds can easily escape any predators, such as cats.

Adding compost

Compost can be very beneficial and can speed up the natural recycling habits of nutrients across your green space. It can make your soil healthy which will provide a great space for everything living and growing in it. Better still, this can be free and is easy to use, unlike if you were to import it from elsewhere. Compost heaps are great shelter for smaller creatures who appreciate the heat that is released by decomposition.

A mixture of shrubs

By growing a mix of shrubs, trees and climbers, you can provide an area for food and shelter, including nests, for certain species of wildlife. Small trees and shrubs you should look to grow in your garden include rowan, elder, blackthorn and crab apple. These will offer a range of specialist native wildlife the support they need by providing for them – it will also supply you with a useful crop.

Planting flowers

If you plant autumn flowering bulbs, you’ll be sure to encourage more wildlife to your garden. Wildflowers for example are great for bringing insects and pollinators such as butterflies and bees to your garden as they provide pollen and nectar which is crucial for food pollination. Lavender and thyme are great herbs that will help attract them. Elsewhere, purple loosestrife is an ideal wildflower for the soggier spots in your garden. Buddlea is another firm favourite of butterflies.

Feeders

Creatures love to be fed, so introducing hanging feeders could be a great solution. However, it’s not as simple as just hanging a feeder. It’s important to place them in an accessible but safe area which is out of reach of predators. A traditional location would be hanging from a tree, but if you only have limited space, then look at placing it on hooks on an external wall. If possible, try to keep any feeders out of direct sunlight.

Nesting locations

Create a safe space for birds during breeding season introduce nesting baskets across your garden. It’s important to realise that different types of birds prefer different boxes, so be sure to do your research if there are certain species you’d prefer to attract.

Out in the wilderness

If you have a large green space, a dedicated area for wildlife to be could be great. This should include a pile of dead wood and a patch of longer grass as this will encourage grubs and beetles, which will in turn bring larger foragers to your space. It could also include a rock garden that supports those plants and animals that have adapted to surviving in thinner-soiled areas.

 

While there are many other ways in which we can help keep our wildlife thriving, add any of the above to your space and you can be sure to know that you are indeed doing your bit to help the environment around us.

 

Sources

https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/encourage-wildlife-to-your-garden

https://eden.uktv.co.uk/nature/green/article/attract-wildlife-to-your-garden/

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/attract-birds-with-birdbaths/

https://unipet.co.uk/top-tips-place-bird-feeders/

https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/blog/16-top-tips-attracting-wildlife-garden

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22433553

 

All You Need To Know About Log Cabins

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Log cabins have taken off in popularity in recent years. If you’re interested in one and wish to make a smart decision when picking a cabin, then read on to get in the know. 

1.  Trees Are A Type Of Renewable

As trees are a type of renewable resource, timber and log houses present with a solid green pedigree.  Once a house is created using solid logs, you are effectively removing the carbon within the logs from environmental circulation over the full life of the building.  Furthermore, certain timber and log house producers harvest standing dead timber, often done in by insects, or buy logs from forests that are certified as sustainable.  Builders are also constructing timber and log homes according to building standards. 

 

2.  A Long Lasting Structure

Do you have a know-it-all in your community who believes his brick home is the most durable house?  Inform him at once that the timber and log homes still utilized in Europe date back more than 800 years.  In fact, a log-constructed church located in Russia is reportedly more than 1,700 years old.

 

3.  Withstanding Mother Nature’s Elements

The timber and log home industry is one involving numerous stories of these houses successfully weathering the most detrimental of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina.  Rita’s winds caused a large oak tree to crash through the roof of Menlo Klingman’s house; however, Mickey’s 1,700 square foot timber and log house in Easter Texas withstood the weight of the tree preventing any damage to the property.  According to Mickey, there is no doubt in his mind that the timber and log home saved his and his family’s lives.

 

4.  Fitting The Land

As wood is an organic building material, the resulting structures will blend into the topography similar to a 10-point buck on opening day.  Log and timber homes fit naturally into any environmental landscape as compared to being awkwardly imposed on the setting.

 

5.  Fast Framing

If you opt to utilize a pre-cut and pre-drilled logging system or a customized house, the shell of the building can be framed on the site faster than the standard stick framing option.  This will reduce the chance of weather-related damage, mildew or mold problems.  Using the correct building system, and with the right crew, the structure can be weather-resistant without two weeks if it is an average-sized house.  According to conventional construction, a house is exposed to weather for longer and this can result in mold problems within the building frames, where it can remain undetected for several years.

 

6.  The Warmth Of Wood

Unlike cold sheetrock, wood is a material that is warm to the touch.  This is due to the fact that it has a “thermal mass” – a natural element within the logs – that will keep the interior temperature of the house comfortable throughout the year.  By having the “thermal mass” log walls can collect and store energy, then radiate the energy back into the building.

 

7.  Highly Energy Efficient

Provided the house is adequately sealed between the first course of logs and foundation, as well as between the log-to-log connections and where the roof meets the walls, you will have a highly energy efficient home.  Some builders tend to build timber and log homes in accordance with the DOE’s “Energy Star” regulations meaning it will be approximately 30 percent more efficient than the average building code stipulates.  

 

8.  The Picture Is Worth One Thousand Words

Hanging a picture in a house with drywall can be a mission involving a drill or hammer, a stud finder, and some bruised fingers – possibly a bruised ego if your partner tells you to move the picture and have to perform some patch work.  However, many homeowners have reported the ease of hanging pictures in timber and log homes without any bruises of any sort.

 

9.  Rustic Should Not Be Associated With No Technology

While the idea of rugged living is an attractive one, roughing it in the 21st century is not an option.  This is why today’s timber and log homes are increasingly automated and secure.  The majority of timber and log homeowners are starting to add backup generators, security systems, and CAT 5 wiring to accommodate voice and data systems, high speed video operations, and various other communication tech.

If you’re interested in a log cabin for your home or work – check out URL: https://www.quick-garden.co.uk/log-cabins.html 

Keeping a Healthy Garden near your Septic System

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The traditional advice is not to try to grow a garden above septic tanks because of so many things that could go wrong. Like the roots bursting into or clogging the pipes. However, shallow-rooted plants that thrive on nitrogen, such as lettuce, have actually been known to thrive above septic tanks. However, keep in mind that it may or may not be safe for you to eat what grows above your septic system. As long as you’re not in the habit of disposing of harmful chemicals, such as motor oil down your pipes. Nitrogen-feeding plants can live off the waste water that would otherwise mix with groundwater.

Are Weeds and Tall Grass Okay?

If it’s just grasses, weeds, tall brush, and shallow-rooted plants, you’re fine. In fact, they often act as good deterrents to kids and pests. They also act as good deterrents for polluting motorcycles or three-wheeled vehicles. The last thing you want is for anyone to break a bone in your yard or for any damage to be done to your plants, tank, or pipes. In that case, it might be wise to post a sign like “No Trespassing” in that area.

 

  • Other Things to Avoid Placing Above a Septic System
  • Heavy Equipment. First, it could injure you or someone on your property. Secondly, it could cause the soil to cave in and result in damage to your pipes or septic tank.
  • Most trees or shrubbery. They have lengthy roots. However, there are some that are shallow enough to plant above septic systems listed below.
  • Hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt. You never know what kind of damage it could do to an area as vulnerable as your septic tank. They also don’t absorb the wastewater the way that grass does.
  • Other surface water such as that with comes from roofs, patios and driveways. They can ruin your level sensor for liquids and flood the area and erode the soil above your tank.

Trees and Shrubbery That are Safe Enough Above a Septic System

The following trees and shrubbery have roots that are short enough that they’re safe above a septic system.:

 

  • Japanese Maple
  • Cherry
  • Dogwood
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Boxwood
  • Azalea

 

Annuals and perennials also tend to do particularly well above septic systems. This is because they’re typically slow-growing and gentle. Those that are large, fast-growing, and drain water aggressively don’t. Weeping willows, for example, tend to go right after it.

If You are Unsure

Anytime that you have doubts related to gardening above your septic system, you are always welcome to talk to a garden coach. Especially when it comes to something as delicate as your septic system, you want to do everything you can to prevent thousands of dollars in damage. As a result, it is not an area in which you can afford to guess how your plants are going to grow and if they could cause damage. You also can’t afford to just guess whether any food you grow there is safe to eat and you should have your septic system checked before you do.

5 Home Office Decorating Ideas

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

If you work from home or meet most of your clients at your home, you need a good environment for your home office. You need it to be a peaceful place for leading a peaceful business and to impress your clients as well. Generally, your home office will be the place you spend most of your time.

The environment of that place should boost your positive thinking and creativity. Interior decors will help you out to rejuvenate your home office at an affordable cost. Colors, decors, and accessories can be personalized to provide your home office with an elegant look. The ambiance of the place gives you the energy to work through many issues balancing home and work. You may not change the entire setting of the room to give your place an elegant look. Some accessories like outdoors plants and trees help you achieve your goal of rejuvenating your home cum workplace if you own that property.

It is fine if you have the largest room in your house as your home office. Even if you are confined to a small area or a cabinet to lean the work table in a room, you need not feel disappointed. Using outdoor faux flowers to decorate your work table changes the landscape and outlook of your home office. You can beautify the small desk space of your home office if you can think innovative.

  1. Paint and Featured walls

If you are confined to a desk space near a wall to work, you can change the paint of that particular wall to a darker shade and arrange the furniture accordingly to give the room a spacious and attractive look that reminds you of an office. This step will be more productive if your office room of the house is less spacious. You can add a good picture to the wall that motivates positive thoughts if you like to enhance the elegance of the space you work.  The artificial landscape plants can be attached to the walls to glorify your workspace in your home.

  • Wallpaper: You can dedicate a wall of your home office according to your personal taste if you wish to enhance the glory of the place. You can go for a 3D decorative wallpaper or paint the wall with a neutral colored pattern to make the place look specific for work. It may not necessarily suit your job but should depict your taste effectively to the clients and visitors.
  • Color: The color you choose depicts your personal taste directly to the visitors and clients. You may not maintain uniformity in painting all the rooms of the house including kitchen, living room, and home office. But you should choose neutral shades to keep your home office different from the other rooms. Pale yellow or cream colors enhance the activeness to work for a long time, but black is the boss when your workspace is confined to a small cabin. Take care that the color of the workspace suits your floor tiles as this is helpful to enhance the ambiance of the room.  Painting a small area of a wall or a corner in a different pattern helps to renovate your workspace at an affordable cost.
  • Artificial Greenery: Artificial landscape plants provide comfort to your eyes as well as your office environment will be engaging and appealing if you use fake outdoor plants and trees to decorate your home office. For example, you can color the featured wall with your favorite shade or use a single pattern in the different spaces of your room to create a unique and energizing environment for the workplace. Blue or green shades support you in this context. You can add outdoor plants and flowers to give the room a tranquil and sophisticated look. Arranging artificial landscape plants in the featured walls make the wall seem like a painting and add grace to your effort without spending all your fortune to remodel your home office.
  1. Cabinets and shelving

If you don’t have much space to accommodate cabinets and shelves to store the books and stationery related to your work in your home office, you can compensate it with a dresser and arrange the books, stationery, and computer in an attractive manner within the available space. Decorating the shelves with silk flowers outdoors will add a cherry to the cake of your innovative thoughts.

  1. Space for yourself

You must make a comfortable space for yourself in your home office. You can add some natural look to your workspace at home by adding artificial plants on the table to enhance a pacifying look for the place. You can take the table you work to the place where natural light is available. Natural light enhances your positive outlook and energy. Natural light is helpful to improve a healthy way of thinking as well. Natural sunlight reduces the work pressure and acts as an antidepressant.

  1. Tropical touch

You can add the tropical touch to your office room at your home by choosing sky blue or yellow color. These colors enhance peace of mind and interest to work well. Both the colors are known as positive colors and represent happiness. You can add artificial plants like mahogany or add bamboo wallpapers to make you feel you are on vacation to tropical regions. You can add curtains or decors with pictures of trees and animals that reside in tropical deserts and forests. If you cannot afford to repaint the rooms, you can add wallpapers or 3D wallpapers to give your room a tropical touch and think creative at work.

  1. Accessories

Keep in mind that you should arrange the accessories like books and stationery in a systematic manner. Maintain unison to the floors and walls while you choose the cabinetry to arrange the accessories. You can choose specific colors for major accessories like cushions, bean bags, and pencil holders to attain perfection. Choose the articles with an aesthetic sense to rejuvenate yourself and work more energetic. For example, choose chairs, tables, and pillow covers with an artistic choice, and you may place artificial flowers or plants to decorate the workspace.

All these help in creating a great work environment in your home. Also, you will not be able to make out if you are in your office or in your home.

 

How to Start a Garden on a Budget

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

In 2009, the Asian Development Bank released a report on a survey of the expenditures of Filipinos receiving remittances from family abroad. The report showed that a good portion of the money they receive (about 93%) goes to food and other household items while 63% goes to medical expenses and 72% to education. This is also true for most English homes. So how do you reduce your spending on food without reducing the quality of the food you eat? One way is to start up home gardening.

 

 

5 Tips to Get You Started on Affordable Gardening

Let’s look at five useful tips that’ll help you with affordable gardening:

1. Get a high-quality nursery

All nurseries aren’t created equally. Just because you can find something at a cheap price doesn’t mean you’ll be getting quality for your money. Always check out multiple nurseries because you never know what you might find. You may see a very affordable low-blooming plant and buy it thinking it’s a steal until to visit another nursery and see a healthier version of the same plant for just five more pounds. You always want to start off your garden with the best-looking plant.

 

 

2. Don’t Experiment

If you’re not sure which plants will work on your property, then don’t be afraid to ask an expert or a friend with a green thumb. Adequate sunlight, water retention, the position of your home, and your availability to give you garden the proper care factors that go into plant selections. Some plants wilt under the sun and thrive with a little bit of shade. Others prefer small sips while some will gulp down water. You can plant something in your backyard and it may not grow in the front. Once you find what you can manage reasonably, you can simply purchase the same plants yearly and your garden will be a success. Take notes of what works best for next planting season.

 

 

3. Only plant what you’ll eat.

This may sound silly, but when you visit the store you will be tempted to plant every vegetable you’ve wanted to try. Avoid that temptation. Your garden will take up good time and money so you want to maximize your gardening. So only plant what you’ll eat. You can always experiment later when you’ve gotten the hang of things. Choose vegetables that are more expensive when deciding the seeds to buy. Peppers are tomatoes are some of the more expensive vegetables to buy in the grocery store so they’re a good place to start. They’re also easy to grow on your own.

 

 

4. Start from seeds

If you walked through the greenhouse of your local market, you’ll see a lot of plants that have been growing for weeks. If you’re planting late in the season, these are good options to buy. Otherwise, you can save more money by planting with seeds.

 

 

5. Make your own compost

Compost provides valuable nutrients that your plants need to grow healthy and strong but they can be expensive. Why not take advantage of your food and yard waste and make your own compost? A lot of municipalities offer free or affordable cost compost bins that you can use to make your own garden compost. To get finance for gardening visit www.personalloansnow.co.uk.

 

Scented Gardens – every garden should have some scented plants

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Daphne aureomarginata

 

Gardens are a source of delight to all our senses and the scent of fresh plants is one of the joys of having a garden. Many gardens are designed purely from a visual aspect but we should never forget the importance of stimulating all our senses and our sense of smell is a very powerful influence on our mood and wellbeing. Every breath we take is an opportunity to enjoy the scents of our gardens.

The power of scent has always been recognised as a healing influence, reducing stress and relaxing the mind and body. Certain scents can trigger memories and emotions and can be relaxing or invigorating .We can create our own sensory experience with the plants in our gardens.

An ideal place to place scented plants is near to doors were the effect hits you as soon as you open the door or upon returning home. The lovely midwinter scent of Sarcococca confusa near your front door can help to lift the winter blues. Placing Lavender, Thyme or Nepeta along the edges of a path creates lovely aromas as you brush past the foliage. You could even create a patch of Chamomile lawn, which releases scent as you walk over it.

It’s a good idea to leave a little space between plants with particularly strong scent, leave a little breathing space between each experience. Don’t swamp one area with too many aromas as it can be overpowering. Consider when different flowers bloom for full effect and don’t forget to think about how your planting works visually, you will want your garden to look beautiful too.

Create a herb garden with Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Thyme and Mint near to the house or under a window. This will create a fabulous fragrance and allow for easy picking for cooking. If possible grow rosemary where you can brush against it or run your hands through it.

Your garden is a place to escape and relax away from the stresses of everyday life. Fragrant flowers, climbers and shrubs will help to create another dimension to your outdoor space.

Here are some suggestions for aromatic plants to grow in your garden that will provide scent throughout the seasons:

Spring / Summer

Cistus x purpurea

Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Cytisus battandieri

Daphne aureomarginata

Daphne x burkwoodii

Erysimum Walburton’s ‘Fragrant Star’ (Wallflower)

Ipomoea alba

Jasminum officionale

Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea)

Lavendula augustifolia

Lilium regale

Lippia citriodora (Lemon Verbena)

Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’

Magnolia ‘Heaven Scent

Matthiola bicornis (Stock)

Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’

Nicotiana sylvestris

Oreganum vulgare (Oregano)

Pelargonium (varieties)

Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’

Phlox paniculata ‘Amethyst’

Primula japonica ‘Apple Blossom’

Rhododendron luteum

Rosa ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’

Rosmarinus

Salvia officinalis (Sage)

Syringa microphylla ‘Superba’ (Lilac)

Thymus

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Wisteria sinensis ‘Prolific’

 

Autumn / Winter

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Chimananthus praecox

Hammamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’

Iris unguicularis

Lonicera fragrentissima

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Seratona’

Sarcococca confusa

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’