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Barbara Samitier Gardens

Really good article. Just one comment on native plants and trees. The need for diversity is paramount to future-proof the threat of pest and disease which are often genus specific. Try not depend on a single genus to account for more than 10% of your planting design. A lot of us are fixated by planting native trees but climate change means that our native trees may not be the best thing to concentrate on. They have evolved to thrive within a fixed set of parameters and this is swiftly altering. To achieve a diverse mix of planting, design will have to include some non-native trees. .

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Harrod Horticultural

Eco friendly elements are possible to include in all size gardens - including water bowls


A garden compost system

or raised beds and fruit trees to cut down on food miles, from Harrod Horticutural


   
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Gardens by Anna Butterfield

Great article. I am a huge advocate of wildlife friendly gardens, encouraging all my clients to plant a mix of natives and non-natives to provide shelter and food for wildlife, include some form of water feature, whether it be a natural pond, bird bath or water bowl, and to have a go at growing their own, composting and water harvesting if space allows. I feel it's my responsibility as a designer and gardener to encourage my clients to make their gardens the most sustainable and environmentally friendly that they can be.


Planting for pollinators:




Provision of water:


Permeable surfaces:



A responsible garden doesn't have to look like an 'eco' garden - it can be super stylish as well as wildlife and environmentally friendly!

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