THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jul31

Landscaper Essex

Landscaper Essex? Here are photos from a project Modern Mint have been working on over the last few years – do contact us if you want to chat about how we, as a garden designer or landscaper, can help you with your garden.

Serpentine Wall

 Alternating cherries and apples along a serpentine wall of this long driveway helps to soften the landscaping…

Planting By House

 Low maintenance planting against the house to repalce a rose that had died. Ceanothus will grow taller to add a better sense of scale and interest to the wall.

Meadowy Border

 Check out the rosebay in flower over the wall – nightmare weeding the seeds that land in a traditional border, here any that are missed look integrated into the landscaping…

Meadow Border

 Slowly turning a traditional herbaceous border into something more akin to a meadow…

Monarda

 This monarda has grown beautifully this year…

Sea of Lavender

Phlox and lavender look good together, but don’t enjoy the same growing conditions – however, here the lavender is planted at the top of a wall above the border of phlox!

Lavender

The view down from the rose garden…

We started gardening in Hampshire, learning our trade as landscapers on large estates – designing them to look good while also making them easier to maintain.

You can now find us working as a landscaper in Essex, as we moved to the county at the end of 2013. See the Modern Mint About Us page to hear our story.

If you have a garden that isn’t as great as you want it to be, or are finding it difficult to express what it is you want, do check out our portfolio for the work we have done as a designer and landscaper in Essex, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Then contact us now for an informal chat about how we can help.

Happy gardening!

Apr27

Beekeepers – Quick Notes On Plants For Bees

tulips for bees

Fine news for beekeepers today – a total ban on bee-harming pesticides has been announced! To celebrate, here is a list of plants we recommend as being brilliant for the bees: Helenium Sedum Echium vulgare Marjoram or Oregano Eupatorium (common name? Joe Pye-Weed. But don’t let that put you off!) Borage Nepeta Veronicastrum Teucrium Bonus plants for shady spots? Try hellebore, lamium and pulmonaria. Looking for a shrub to plant near your apiary? Phillyrea ought to do it. Although it is difficult to get hold of…. we are working on making it more available though, so check back with Modern …

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Apr20

Thoughts On Modern Mint, April 2018

Hey Modern Minters, we have been busy already this year – so busy! Here is some of the topiary work we love doing so much…. A post shared by ModernMint (@modernmintshop) on Apr 5, 2018 at 9:48am PDT Whilst evenings (and some afternoons!) have been spent travelling the country giving garden talks to clubs, horticultural societies, WI’s and U3A’s. This is all fabulous fun but it has meant: We have not been consistent with our mailing list I have not finished the book ‘Helping The Honeybee’ I was due to get to the publisher by the end of February There …

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Mar30

Helping The Honeybee, Southend On Sea Beekeepers

Helping the honeybee

This week I gave a talk – Helping The Honeybee – to the lovely beekeeping group at Southend on Sea. Here are some notes for those who didn’t have a chance to write down some of the ideas we spoke about and shared…. The Top Plants For Bees Helenium Sedum Echium Marjoram (which you will find in your seedballs) Oregano Eupatorium, also known as Joe Pye-Weed Borage Nepeta Veronicaastrum Teucrium Phillyrea If you want a hedge for around your apiary, you will not go too far wrong with planting the amazing, tough as old boots, Phillyrea. Read plenty more about …

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