THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul21

Garden Design in Chelmsford

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Garden Design in Chelmsford: What Do People Look For?

1) Low Maintenance

At the start of the year we found most clients were asking for artificial lawn. This suggested to us people felt time poor and just didn’t want the hassle of looking after a garden.

Our design suggestion:

Make the lawn areas smaller, with a logical design so that the mower can reach each part of the grass easily and quickly. Job done, minimum of fuss.

2) ‘Wow’ Factor

Clients wanted the garden to be used for entertaining, so it needed to look great.

Our design suggestion:

Use tough but beautiful shrubs like rosemary and lavender – they not only attract wildlife but only need cutting back once a year, are fine if they don’t get any water (it’s not just in Chelmsford, but when designing a garden in hot, dry Essex you have to think about how to cope with the low rainfall!) and they look and smell fantastic.

You can even use them to cook with – even better when you have friends over for dinner and drinks!

3) The personal touch

Clients do not want something mass produced. The people of Chelmsford want their garden design to say something about them.

Our design suggestion:

We have searched and found a range of artisan craftspeople who can design, make and install gates, sculptures, pergolas, pots and potting sheds. We love being able to offer these unique products, because your garden should be an expression of who you are.

Modern Mint design gardens, large or small, that suit the 21st Century lifestyle.

So if you live in Chelmsford and would like to discuss garden design ideas with us, join those who already have and contact us now.

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.