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By Sarah Kay, Jul 5 2019 04:15PM

It's glorious out there in the garden this month so no excuses to not keep your space looking tip top in July. Here's my top 5 jobs:


1. Cut back early Summer perennials


Early flowering favourites, like Ann Folkard and Rozanne benefit from a cut back of old foliage after the first flush of flowers. This ensures a second flush later this month.


2. Plant Autumn flowering bulbs


Nerines and Cochicum will provide a colourful display in the Autumn


3. Cut Lavendar for drying


Create fragrance for your home with dried Lavendar. Now is the time to cut it and tie it up for drying.


4. Keep your Sweet Peas flowering


Water and feed Sweet Peas daily, pick the flowers every few days and remove seed pods to prolong flowering



5. Keep your roses flowering


Keep your roses fed and deadheaded to prolong the flowers.


And remember, water, water, water! But one good soaking a week is better than a little water often.







By Sarah Kay, Jun 30 2019 06:20PM

We had a very inspiring college trip to Kings Cross last week to look at Dan Pearson's planting scheme. An onoing project since 2007, this is a great example of public planting in a low maintenance, naturalistic style which looks great all year round and enhances the beautiful architecture and industrial heritage of the area.



By Sarah Kay, Jun 12 2019 09:36PM

This week I've been working on a planting design for a shady courtyard and sunny but overlooked roof terrace. My client has a puppy so one key aspect of the design was that it should be dog friendly.


For the shady courtyard, architectural coarse textured plants including a Dicksonian Tree Fern and Fatsia Japonica have been chosen in large wooden cube planters high enough off the ground so that the plants cannot be damaged by the dog.


Two long hardwood shelves will adorn the wall opposite the kitchen and will contain a variety of shade loving plants with trailing, upright and arching growing habits.



The lack of privacy on the roof terrace will be addressed by an L-shaped arrangement of trough planterscontaining Pyhllostachys nigra which will sit behind a rattan sofa set. A similar set of wall shelves will hold partial sun loving plants and will provide a pleasing view fromthe bedroom. An Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet' and a Nandina domestica 'Plum Passion' provide colourful focal points whilst trough and balcony planterscreate colourful partitions between the areas.


I look forward to planting up this space in a few weeks time.