Designs for you
The beauty of your gardens is that you can shape them exactly as you want – they’re yours to do with what you please (well, in agreement with any interested parties of course!).
But if you’re struggling for inspiration you could always echo a favourite artist and recreate some of their patterns and colours in your own outside space. If you’ve caught any of the Chelsea Flower Show this year, you may have seen the award-winning Morris & Co Garden, in the style of William Morris. Below we have some ideas on this but we’d love to hear yours!
The secret of any art and design is to add your own mark to something you like and make it personal to you – so enjoy reading this issue and let us know what you have in mind!
Chris & all the Bushy team
In a nod to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee our June flower is the bright pink Phlox paniculata ‘Windsor’. Phlox comes in a variety of regal colours including red, white, blue and purple. And its fragrance attracts bees and other pollinating insects, so it’s a good choice!
If you want your garden to replicate works from famous artists, consider first what it is that you like the most about them. You can recreate an idea by using similar patterns and colour schemes. With William Morris, for example, think of jasmine, daisy, acanthus, roses etc. The Chelsea award-winning Morris & Co garden highlighted his bold willow bough print in the pavilion and water channels. You might pick a leaf-patterned trellis. Or, if you were channelling Monet, think lavender, irises – or a small lily pond …
And introduce planters, cushions, garden chair fabrics etc with your chosen artist in mind – some outlets sell exact matches like these William Morris pots.
Designs on him
For those looking for a Father’s Day gift idea (it’s on 19 June) – or if you just feel like spoiling someone, you could help the National Trust out by choosing something from their website. And if you can’t find the right thing (with everything from garden bird feeders to water bottles, sculptures and food I’ll be surprised if you can’t), you could always buy a gift National Trust membership to enjoy throughout the year.
Now we all love a BBQ and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy your garden but we can make some changes to help reduce the impact on our planet. Scientists warn against using charcoal grills and especially single-use foil barbecues. A more eco-friendly option is to use a gas grill, or even better, an outdoor electric grill. Country Living has plenty more tips – and, if you want more food choice facts, they’re here from the Royal Society.
For a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea with a twist, add a Silent Pool Distillery Tour and G&Ts to sandwiches and homemade cakes in the picturesque Surrey Hills. Sounds good? More details are on the Silent Pool Distillery website.
Until next time!
The thing to hold on to with creating your perfect garden, is it can be as simple or intricate as you wish – there are no rules. And we have the experience in all sorts of areas to bring your ideas to life. So do contact us for help.