Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

Planting Design and Inspiration

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Generally the final and most important part of creating any garden is the planting. Planting is what brings a garden to life, and ties the hard bones of the garden together.

Whether it be softening strong architectural lines of the hard landscaping using groundcover planting,with the chosen varieties spilling over the edges of paving.
Perhaps adding height and structure with the use of specimen trees or topiary.
Sometimes introducing shape and lush foliage with the use of mature shrub planting, or giving a splash of colour and texture with a mix of herbaceous plants.

New leaf landscapes can offer a full planting design plan outlining plant varieties, numbers and spacing of plants, We can then prepare and plant your beautiful new garden.

Alternatively we can work from your own planting plans and lists and work on a “supply and plant” basis.

Rejuvenating tired gardens

Sometimes due to busy lives or just a lack of understanding gardens can be left to “go wild”, Sometimes all is needed is a bit of pruning and the introduction of few shrubs or trees to give balance and interest. Or maybe a new mixed herbaceous border to add a splash of colour to a dull part of the garden. New leaf landscapes offer a full rejuvenation service.

We can identify all existing shrubs and plants which can be incorporated in your new planting scheme.

Plant Suppliers

Over the past seven years we have built up large network of plant growers and nurseries in the U.K and Europe and can source the best quality in specimen herbaceous plants, mature trees, pleached trees, mature climbers and large pieces of topiary.

Herbaceous Planting

We can source everything from the new ‘En Vogue’ specimens to the ‘Old English’ classics. Grown by the best suppliers in the correct and suitable compost mixes for stronger root stock which intern gives faster and stronger growth.

Topiary and boxwood

We can source a range of boxwood in all different shapes and sizes generally from our suppliers in Belgium and Holland. Bare root hedging, box balls to 2m pyramids and everything in between we can supply and plant any boxwood required in your garden.
We also have contacts throughout Italy to source the finest in Prunus lusitanica, Prunus laurocerasus, lollipop trees from half standard to standard.
Yew and other evergreen specimens in all manor of shapes and sizes.

Mature climbers

Sometimes buying a small 2-5 litre climber and waiting for it to cover an oak pergola or side of house can be frustrating. We can supply and plant mature climbers [some up to 6m] for instant effect
Including Wisterias, Hydrangeas, Clematis and Roses we can source most varieties from 2m – 6m dependent on variety. New leaf landscapes can supply and plant all climbers as well as installing and tensioning wires where needed to ensure maximum support for the plant.

Bulb Planting and Wildflowers.

New Leaf Landscapes also offer complete bulb planting plans for your garden. Some ideas include:

Mixed Allium planting through the herbaceous border,
Bluebells or Snowdrops planted en masse through a woodland or
Tulips planted in a variety of shapes and colours for a splash of early spring colour.
Also wildflower meadows which attract, an abundance of wildlife.

planting design Hampshire

planting design Hampshire

planting design Hampshire

planting design Hampshire

planting design Hampshire

planting design Hampshire

planting design Hampshire

The Origins of Brickwork and its use in gardens today

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Bricks have been used in England for construction for many hundreds of years. They are literally the building blocks upon which are country stands today. However for the origins of brickwork we must go back to 7000bc to Southern Turkey and Northern Jericho. This is where the first use of bricks were recorded.

These first bricks were actually sun dried mud bricks but it was quickly found that fired bricks were far more durable and their use in permanent buildings then became more widespread. The Romans then took brick construction to another level, They created mobile brick kilns and produced many sorts of special bricks for different construction purposes. The bricks were stamped with the legion of the supervisor.
These mobile kilns were moved throughout the empire for building public and private buildings during the first century of Roman civilisation.

It was the 12th century that bricks were reintroduced to northern Europe which created the brick gothic period. The bricks used in this period were mainly red fired clay bricks which would of been more similar in appearance to the bricks of today. The renaissance and Baroque periods that followed was a very bad time for bricks as they were generally covered up or “hidden” with plaster.

Fortunately Brickwork was on the way back during the mid eighteenth century with Brick walls and facades gaining popularity again.
Bricks are now used more often in England for construction than any other material except wood. Advances in technology, production have resulted in many different types of bricks, styles, strengths and sizes being available.
To this day bricks remain reliable, tolerant to the weathers of this island and resistant to pollution, acids and fire.

At New Leaf brickwork we use bricks for many uses in the gardens and outbuildings we produce today. We like using reclaimed bricks for buildings or features, we also use reclaimed brick paviors for providing additional terraces to period country houses.

Another type of brick we really enjoy using is the hand made variety. With each one being slightly different they have unrivalled character and style. These can be used in Walls and buildings for that extra special appearance.

There are so many possibilities for the use of bricks in the garden. Different laying patterns or bonds, mortar colours and pointing styles will all make brick constructions unique to your garden. Bricks can also be combined with natural stone, whether it be “flint work”, “Purbeck stone” or one of our personal favourites “York stone”. These materials combined can make so many interesting features and focal points within the garden. Walls, Steps, Seats, Fountains, Terraces, Entrance ways. The possibilities are only limited by the imagination.

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