Design and Planning
The best garden projects begin by discussing your ideas for a new garden or improving an existing one. Do you want a space surrounded by flowers to relax in the sun? Are you interested to grow fresh fruits and vegetables? Will your garden be utilitarian or aesthetic, or both?
There are some important things to consider for your garden. Look to see how much sun the area receives, and at what times during the day, and for how long? Some areas only get an hour or two of sun and some get all shade. There are plants that thrive in shade while others need hours of sunlight every day. Thomas Elliott’s horticulturists will advise the best plants to match the amount of sunlight your garden receives.
Your garden’s soil quality and acidity level are important. Plants do well in a pH of 6.5, but often soil is more acidic or basic than 6.5. During the garden planning stage, Thomas Elliott’s horticulturists will take soil samples and assess the acidity. If the soil is out of pH balance, we’ll amend it with limestone or sulfur, or bring in new topsoil. We can help whether it’s a new project or if your current garden is not thriving.
How much time are you prepared to tend to your garden? If you’re a busy person with other interests, we can choose lower-maintenance plants that will still look lovely even if you’re not hovering over them each week.
Structures, Art, Fountains, Stone work
Thomas Elliott can install tasteful fountains, art, pathways, and statues. A bluestone or slate pathway that connects your garden to other areas of your home is a nice way for friends and visitors to enjoy your proporty.
Before beginning a garden project, it’s a good idea to have a plan, and even better, a garden design. A good garden design takes an assessment of the soil conditions, acidity, sunlight , drainage and more. It should be determined in advance if new topsoil, limestone or sulfur is needed to amend the soil. How much sun does the area get and at what time of day? Is it direct sun? How much shade? Thomas Elliott garden designers and horticulturists can advise you on the best plantings for your garden’s conditions. Contact us for garden design. We know you want your garden to thrive, and so do we.
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