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!

May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

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 …

READ MORE

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 …

READ MORE