Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire
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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: Could you please tell me the name of the beautful purple flowers?
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Phlox subulata is a spring flowering perennial. The cultivar name of the bright pink one is Crackerjack. Hope this helps!

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: This whole project is GORGEOUS! What stone was used on the patio?
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Thanks Millie! The stone is reclaimed York stone

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: What's the creeping conifer? It's really lovely.
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The creeping conifer is Juniper horizontalis. It has a very good prostrate habit.

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Susan Jamieson

Like - thanks.

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: Flowers
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They are bulbs. A mixture of Allium Globemaster and Allium Purple Sensation. Good to grow them through another plant, in order to mask the Allium's faded and sometimes tatty leaves as their flowers emerge. In this case we used Perovskia Blue Spires, but it's also good with Catmint. This is an easy to grow bulb, planted in October, flowering end May to July in UK.

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: need help with garden project
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Hi Jeanie, consider also your soil type and location before choosing your layout and plants. Mediterranean plants like a very free draining soil especially if you get cold winters. They don,t like winter wet. Sandy/ loamy is best, clay is difficult, especially in wet north west UK. A raised area, 250-300mm is enough to provide the drainage they might need ( lavender/ Rosemary/ euphorbia/ santolina / thyme etc) and could add more interest to the layout at the bottom of the garden.

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alyper

Consider why Mediterranean gardens look good where they are - all down to the ambient light and temperature, encouraging the local plants and landscaping materials. Don't feel this works well in our Northern climes. Yes, go for a terrace, good screening, large pots, attractive furniture - avoid Mediterranean colours especially blue glazed pots and (sorry Katy!) mosaics in this situation.

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: what kind of tree and plants are those? Beautiful!
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Hi there ! They are all shade plants. The standard 'lolipop' is a variegated holly (Ilex aquifolium argentea Marginata), the dark hedge on the left is Taxus baccata (Yew), the large leaves are hostas the largest of which is 'Sum and Substance'. Clipped box balls (Buxus sempervirens) surround the holly and are interspersed with Alchemilla mollis with the lime flowers. In the background there is a weeping silver pear (Pyrus salicifolia Pendula)

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: What are the evergreens? Box and what is the longer leaved plant?
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Hi there. The longer leaved evergreens to the centre of the picture are Lonicera nitidia and Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl'. On the raised bed, LHS of picture, is Lavender 'Grossi' and in the foreground Juniper horizontalis. The first two plants have been clipped. Hope this helps, Caroline.

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: Any advice on what to do with this garden space?
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Hi, if you have an area of approx. 35m x 16.5m you could have a tennis court with a multi use surface as a great space for your family to play sport etc

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Tackling the project with some land sculpture (building grassy mounds) to separate yet link the wider open space. This house used to look onto wide open fields. A more formal garden with gate was built around the house, creating intimacy. The grassy mounds are simply great for children!

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Caroline Benedict Smith Garden Designer Cheshire commented on a discussion: Garden advice please
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Patricia Tyrrell Living Landscapes

Hi Eguerin,

What a beautiful setting! It's impossible to advise on planting without knowing the aspect of the front of the house - for example does it face South?, West? etc

Plants have different requirements for light so the advice will vary depending on aspect. Also it looks like you might be in an area with acid soil but it is hard to tell for sure -is the soil acid or alkaline as this will also affect your choice of plants. And thirdly is it quite exposed or sheltered. Plants are like people - some don't mind standing out in cold winds, others are less hardy.

The front facade of the house is not long enough to take a porch, though more could be made of the area in front of the door to welcome guests.

Some thoughts on this here: http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/70631923/list/10-ideas-for-designing-your-driveway

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Hi I would put a planted green screen of a nice flowering hedge which also has berries in the winter like Berberis. It will give you privacy and its not totally solid as a fence or wall would be and will give a much softer look.

It also gives security as it has small prickly barbs

You say your window sills are too narrow to take window boxes so why not put a nice long wrought iron planter under the full width of the window, attach to the wall, (It looks like the windows are quite low) or if not put a free standing planter under the window.

I would not get rid of the front lawn and just have concrete slabs as you already have all the drive paved, it will just look like to much concrete and harsh unless you add some plants or create maybe a circular flower bed

Too much concrete prevents good drainage too

Adding a porch would be a great idea, perhaps just glass which will give a modern contemporary feel

Also once you have changed that paint colour it will look a lot better

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