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.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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Apr27

Kites And Strings Podcast – Topiary In The Garden

kites and strings podcast

Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …

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Apr27

Robinia – Pruning A Beautiful Tree For Small Gardens

topiary Robinia

Robinia is often forgotten – by me, actually! – when thinking of plants for topiary. But when I work on it I do love it, brittle and soft as the wood is if you climb into it. But that danger of snapping a branch with a heavy step and falling out of the tree aside, I love it for the dappled light it allows into the garden space. Robinia Near The Sea Below is a Robinia I have gently clipped over the last few years, down near Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The tree was large when I arrived, although it is …

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