Spring has sprung... the daffs are up, there's blossom on the trees and the birds are busy nesting! This is our favourite time of year...
We are lucky enough to have been busy throughout the winter months, building fencing and decking. But now is the time when we get on with planting and maintaining gardens too and the longer working hours will kick in soon enough.
This year we will be celebrating the 10th Birthday of Ark Fencing & Garden Services, we'll be marking the occasion in someway so watch this space. We owe a big thank you to all of our customers, family and friends who have supported us all of this time. It has been a roller coaster ride at times, but both myself and Richard are thankful that we have made it this far. Working for yourself presents all kinds of risks and challenges but it's been worth every moment. So bring on the next 10!
So, if you are looking for advice on your own garden plans, I would say, have a think about how you would like to use the space. Do you have children who need somewhere suitable to play? Do you want a spot for the hot tub? What about planting... Do you like to have a lot of colour? Will you have time to maintain it? Will you need a gardener or are you looking for a low maintenance option? And don't forget, a garden is always growing and changing. So, if you really get into it, it can be a lifelong project. But the main thing is that you enjoy it! If you would like help with planning, we're more than happy to get involved, just ask.
We recently had an inquiry on planting for increased privacy. I looked into these 'Pleached Trees', it's a fab idea especially if you feel that your garden is overlooked by neighbours. I found these pleached Hornbeam at wykehammatureplants.co.uk The stem stands at 180cm and the head is 150cm wide and 120cm high. They really would look great in a formal or architectural style garden.
Within this design I also placed Allium Globemaster and Allium Stipitatum 'Mount Everest', both flower throughout June and July and are available at Crocus.co.uk Amongst this plan were various ornamental grasses for a sense of movement.
I find a good source for ideas is Pinterest. You can find lots of new and creative ideas which are great for inspiration. You can find us there too under 'arkgardens' if you like!
Thanks for reading, let me know what you have planned!