I guaranteed you design today and have we got a lot going on with concerns to developing gardens.
You may keep in mind a number of weeks ago I discussed we had several European gardens that we were creating, one in the Savoie region of France, one in the German speaking location of Switzerland, and one more in Grimaud in the French Riviera.
It is just wonderful to be able to design gardens and in such gorgeous places, not that the gardens here in Ireland aren’t lovely, however its the distinction in light and the great deals of other distinctions that makes you really have to believe outside package a little.
We are well utilized to developing for the Irish climates at this stage, having created and after that constructed gardens throughout the nation, from Donegal and the Northern Irish shoreline to the Burren with its remarkable landscape, to the obstacles of the city gardens in our more developed locations of the country.
These brand-new areas make us really thing about how we are going to handle the challenges of the environments, particularly thinking of the winters at altitude being covered in snow in the French Alps to the hot summertimes of the Riviera and we have put two of those designs together. We are currently dealing with the last one and have another couple in the line up too.
It’s remarkable how we have been gladly developing gardens here in Ireland for the last twenty years, and unexpectedly we get asked by a customer to take a look at the very first of our European styles and then along comes a handful of them, a bit like buses!
What I actually wished to speak with you about today leads on from that, it’s thinking of how to move your garden on, and adjust exactly as you would with your interiors, both for the time and the season.
Considering my interior over the last 2 years, I have added a bargain of colour, sometimes in splashes and others slightly more bolder. If I consider my interior five years earlier, the main colours were greys and neutrals with some shades of greens and blues, but always more on the grey scale.
Taking a look at it now, the greens have actually got much deeper, i’ve included oranges and golden yellows and a lot more mid to dark woods and lots and lots of texture.
Now consider your garden and handle the same challenge, if you have not done so already, include some colours, add more texture and be a little bolder with what you do.
You can see this in great deals of the trends for 2023, which I am currently assembling in our annual design portfolio for the year to come. You can do this in a small or larger method, and here are some easy concepts to add colours and texture to your garden straight away.
Ian was available in earlier today with two large terracotta pots that he had actually moved and wished to plant them up. He ‘d at first thought structure to enter front of a stone wall we had, but I had other ideas, “how about we pack them full of a high colour bulb lasagna for the spring?”, I suggested.
When everything else is looking dull, that would offer a splash of colour. So with the bulbs showing up in the nick of time in this week’s pots, we are planting with a top layer of deep purple and gold crocus, layer 2 a dark blue hyacinth and the last layer a deep orange parrot tulip to keep colour coming through to late Might, early June.
We are likewise altering a few of our pots in the garden to add a more textured pot. We have 3 pots in the garden which I love but when I reveal them in my garden they became our most significant seller therefore we now are nearly out of that specific pot, so I will show one of our newer options, however its a lot more textured from our Atlantis variety and include something to include colour and texture.
I’m thinking a dark Phormium and even a lively canna– I’ll keep you upgraded on that one. Our Corten steel collection of pots, troughs, water functions, firebowls and heating choices are likewise perfect for including that richer colour and texture. Talking corten steel, the fires including the Enok, Space and bowls are all perfect methods to add a heat source at this time of year bringing another measurement to the garden in the Fall and into winter season. This is what we are needing to consider in our mountain garden with the chalet being used all winter, but at this phase the garden is usually just a layer of snow, so its abut raising the balcony and adding locations that can be easily cleared including a heat source to sit around and seating that can be added into the garden easily however not be harmed by the weight of snow.
We are going to add a large firebowl with six chairs. Think marshmallows and hot chocolates after a day on the slopes. Adding sheepskin throws and blankets to draw out to keep the textured feel. The customer has also asked for a kitchen location that can be used simply as much in the winter season as in the summer, so corten steel huge heavy grill and teppanyaki is the order of the day along with a huge green egg all developed into a stone cooking area surface area.
Including chairs to the veranda of the chalet with the required sheepskin throws and blankets creates an additional outside area to sit and take in the view with a coffee or a Vin Chaud.
Nowhere better than in our outdoor furniture variety can you see the transfer to bolder colours and a more textured look. The 2023 collection is coming out over the coming weeks and will be readily available to pre-order.
So at this phase, its back to the drawing board for me as I crack on with a number of designs here in Ireland, while Ian is finishing some information for one of the European gardens and putting the develop stages of some of our present projects together, coordinating the hard landscapers and stone masons with the carpenters for the lumber stages and the planting teams to include the glam and bring the whole garden together.
If you wish to see our patterns for 2023 publication I will feature some snippets of it next week, but will also offer you the link to download it – till then pleased gardening, Jo x