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Summer landscape and garden design
25 JUNE 2014
Marcus Barnett is an award winning landscape and garden designer, winning, amongst other things, gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2005 and also in 2006, when he designed a garden for Savills. Over the years of working with Marcus he has been a valued adviser to many of our clients and is always happy to discuss projects without any obligation. To see more of Marcus’ work you may wish to visit his website, www.marcusbarnett.com.
Marcus will be blogging for us on a seasonal basis.
It’s a cliché but summer really is here and with it comes greater incentive to spend more time outside. Despite the fact the gardens are in full bloom, and contrary to widely held belief, the summer months of late June to early September are actually our quietest. This is largely due to the fact that our clients want to enjoy their gardens, without the disruption of landscaping works, and the more deciding fact that the planting window is over until the autumn.
So, in these months we focus on existing and new designs so that when the seasons advance we are ready for the off. This ‘shift’ in seasons echoes the change in the process of landscaping over the last three to six years. There is much greater preparation and planning in our collaboration with design teams (made up largely of Architects and Interior Designers) in delivering our larger projects. Now, we collaborate with our clients and design colleagues from the outset so that we can, in some instances, inform the way a house is orientated or even advise on which aspect to have the front door (and therefore parking).
On smaller projects, we apply the same level of detail to revamping planting palettes for existing herbaceous borders or installing a new pergola for shaded seating or dining. Whatever the challenge, and indeed whatever the weather, there is nothing as beautiful as an English country garden or place to sit and enjoy a drink in a city garden room on a barmy summer's evening.