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This extraordinarily useful compendium should be required reading for anyone aspiring to ... a gorgeous garden.' – New York Times Book Review Find out how to prune English lavender to make it look better and last longer. Photos of my lavender from 2013-2023 are proof that it works! A stunning exploration of one of the hottest trends in garden design, nature-based planting with an eco-aware approach, featuring the work of leading designers such as Sean Hogan, Piet Oudolf, and Dan Pearson You will spend less time weeding, dead heading, watering and feeding but more time editing, and thinning out plants that have become too dominant, or reducing over enthusiastic self seeders,' explains garden designer Matthew Wilson. An inspiration for garden lovers and amateur gardeners alike, WILD also serves as a reference folio for industry experts including planting and landscape designers keen to build more biodiversity into their work.

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We have to realize that we are nature, and nature is not separate from us,” Kelly says. “We are a creature in this sort of messy system that we’ve made for ourselves on this planet. And so we can see gardens as existing as essentially a patch in the greater ecological quilt across our landscape.” The garden featured here is an approximate oval and is about 100ft/30m in diameter. So it’s not a huge space. Michael has created this effect by using a surprisingly small palette of plants, repeated around the garden. This extraordinarily useful compendium should be required reading for anyone aspiring to ... a gorgeous garden.'– New York Times Book Review Dandelions are one of those weeds that love disturbed ground, and Kelly says he’s tempted to write a book all about them. They are one of those plants that, the more we learn about them, the more of a mystery they become. Where they originate from is unclear, though we do know that they follow humans and are found on every continent. Their presence has more to do with what we do to the earth than what we refrain from doing. Have you integrated naturalistic garden design into your landscape? Let us know in the comments below. Links & ResourcesThere’s no lawn or hard landscaping in this ‘naturalistic garden’– just winding paths and slightly larger areas where there may be a chair and tables or a single pot. Plant densely in a naturalistic planting

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And in contrast to other plants, Michael says that deciduous grasses are easier than evergreen ones. Deciduous grasses die off in the winter, but they hold their shape. Then in spring, you just cut them completely to the ground and they spring up from new.So I caught up with him in his own garden and in a garden he created for a client. He has some very interesting tips for making the look work in a small or middlesized garden. That’s because pattern and repetition are so important in this style of planting. And in a smaller space, there’s less opportunity for pattern and repetition. (That’s why it’s important to use fewer types of plants – so you can repeat them!) But hard landscaping is less important

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It’s about setting aside our desire for control to instead work in partnership with nature. This is essentially the guiding principle behind the naturalistic garden, a plant-driven approach to landscape design that has been around in one form or another since Englishman William Robinson first published his first edition of The Wild Garden in 1870. A line from Kelly’s book that really spoke to me is, “Gardens can be both reservoirs of ecological goodness, and beautiful works of art.” To that point, Kelly says naturalistic garden design is not a style, but a strategy. It is based on an understanding of how plants respond to each other and their environment. This style of planting is a wonderful addition to wildlife garden ideas, which also creates a beautiful scheme. The client’s garden is in a stunning setting and is attached to a newly built modern house. The house has an amazing view. Michael advised them that it would be difficult for any planting to compete with a view. Garden designer Jennie Herrington, director of Green Room Garden Design, is a great fan of combining a more contemporary garden style with a naturalistic planting palette.It’s also important to consider which grasses look better planted as individuals and which ones work best as a clump. Stipa gigantea needs some space around it to show off its vase-shaped stems. But Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ is very upright, so it looks good in groups. If you have a blank canvas, start by choosing a mood or theme for your new garden. That choice invariably influences all your other decisions, from the hardscape to the plants you select. Position your plantings for prime viewership, whether from inside your home looking out or from wherever you plan to spend time in the garden itself. You’re using plants to create a vibe, an atmosphere, and to invite the outside in.

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