Planting & seasonal garden care
We like to communicate with our clients by informing them of the best planting methods as we work on their gardens. We will build planting schemes with plants that suit the client’s style and that the client loves to see. Alternatively, we can experiment if the client is happy for us to do so. We are creative with our plans but always keep you, the client, in mind by using materials already to hand in the garden or subsequently supplied.
We will prune your plants at the correct time of year to ensure you see the flowers and possibly winter fruits to their full potential.
Rose training – whether these are rambling roses, shrub roses, standard roses or climbing roses we will prune for health and optimum flowering. Our rose training will include Winter rose pruning and Spring and Summer deadheading and training. We will also carry out rose feeding too.
Wisteria training – this will encourage more wisteria flowers and control any excess growth.
Fruit tree pruning – we will manage the seasonal pruning of fruit trees, espaliers, cordons and fan shapes. Cordons are trained against a wall, fence or on wires between free-standing posts. Espaliers are typically grown on a training system of horizontal wires against a wall or fence. Summer fruit trees can include Fig trees, Grapes, Apple trees and Pear trees. We only prune from the ground or use tripod ladders or extended loppers. Any larger tree would require the involvement of a tree surgeon.
We can create areas of lawn where we slowly reduce the number of grasses and encourage wildflowers to appear. Alternatively, we can transfer wildflowers to areas of your garden site that they will be happy to occupy. We may introduce parasitic plants that discourage grass growth and encourage a wildflower haven. We will tend to the developing meadow until Autumn when it is cut back for the Winter. Wild flower planting is very effective in formal settings, providing additional visual interest and providing additional insect habitats.
‘No Mow’ May
Not cutting the grass can be overwhelming for clients and residents as people like to sit or walk on grass and lawns during the Spring and Summer. But by only cutting the grasses and wildflowers at the end of May or even as late as November, you provide a visual feast for humans and at the same time a nutritional feast for insects, invertebrates and small animals! We are further able to create swaths of unmown areas in curves and straight lines that break up large areas of lawn. Having paths cut through unmown areas is visually spectacular and conveys to residents that an area is still ‘looked after’. So not mowing provides you with the best of both worlds; it is very pretty and increases your gardens’ concentration of flowers, grasses and insects.
On behalf of myself and the properties committee, I would like to highly recommend the exceptionally high standard of all aspects of HM Garden services including planting design and maintenance. They have lovingly restored our communal gardens over the past few years with an eye on long-term planning and potential which is now reaping great rewards both in terms of both colour and structure, as well as seasonal interest that makes the garden look good all year.