Top of the Pots

As garden designers, it’s important for us to consider all potential features in gardens and which work best with a client’s brief. From pergolas and water features to garden sculpture and lighting, there are many elements to consider and every brief and garden is unique. One of the features we love adding to gardens to add height, interest, different planting considerations and colour is garden planters. The good old garden pot. In this blog we have pulled together some of our favourite pots we have used over the years to showcase why they can be a great addition to the garden and why they are “Top of the Pots”…

Frame a doorway

Garden pots can make a real statement when they frame a door way. Two matching planters, particularly if they have height and stature can make a wonderful first impression of your home. We love these tall, tapered zinc planters in a contemporary teal finish, the perfect finishing touch to this front garden design we completed in Bridge of Allan.

Zinc pots planted with box balls give a contemporary look

Zinc pots planted with box balls give a contemporary look

These tall copper planters have been planted with ilex topiary, making a real statement. The Christmas wreath complements them perfectly…

Tall copper pots with cloud topiary creates a strong look

Tall copper pots with cloud topiary creates a strong look

More copper planters, this time in a rectangular shape to complement this front garden design in Stirling…

Rectangular copper planters create a warm welcome

Rectangular copper planters create a warm welcome

Adding height

Tall planters are a great way of creating height and interest in a garden. We particularly like to group them to make a strong statement. In this front garden in Stirling we grouped three together in front of the client’s window and planted them with grasses so she could enjoy them all year round.

Three ceramic planters look great grouped together providing year round interest

Three ceramic planters look great grouped together providing year round interest

Creating repetition

In this back garden in Stirling we repeated the same planter in different parts of the garden to create repetition and a modern finish to the garden design…

Tall stone planters create a contemporary look to tie in with the garden design and new house extension

Tall stone planters create a contemporary look to tie in with the garden design and new house extension

Mix of styles

A garden can have a mix of different types of pots if they are selected carefully. In this large garden design we completed in Perth they had the space to carry off several pots including ceramic style filled with topiary, urn styles planted with phormium repeated around the garden and a beautiful art deco style pot to reflect the style of the house…

An eclectic mix of pots can work well in a garden to create features in different areas

An eclectic mix of pots can work well in a garden to create features in different areas

Adding colour

Pots are a great way to add colour to the garden and there are some amazing plastic pots at great prices available. These pink pots provide an immediate splash of colour as well as making a statement by adding several into an area. Pots are also a great way to plant something you might not be able to plant in the ground. These pots have blueberries in them which require ericaceous soil as well as protection in winter – no problem when they are in a pot!…

Pink plastic pots are a cheap but effective way to add colour to a garden

Pink plastic pots are a cheap but effective way to add colour to a garden

If you want some advice on how to add some new planters into your garden and what to plant in them then please get in touch.

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How Does The Garden Design Process Work?

Most of the potential clients who contact us have never had a garden designed before and have no idea how it all works. We appreciate what a daunting thought it can be so we thought we would explain how our garden design process works…

Initial garden design consultation

At our initial consultation we will discuss your requirements in depth

At our initial consultation we will discuss your requirements in depth

When you contact us we will book you in for our initial FREE design consultation. We normally have a waiting list for these consultations so you may have to wait a wee while for us to come out. We always recommend clients think around 9 months ahead if possible to give us time to schedule that initial meeting, do a design and then book in our busy landscaping team. At the initial consultation, which normally last 1-2 hours, we will discuss all elements of your garden. Have a think before we come out about things like:

Once we have collated lots of information and shown you our own portfolio of gardens, we will take lots of photographs of your garden and survey it. We can then send you our quote for designing your garden.

Interim meeting

At our interim meeting we will show you two different garden design concepts

At our interim meeting we will show you two different garden design concepts

Once you have given us the go ahead for your design, we start to make the magic happen. We CAD up your garden on the computer so we can see the layout, aspect etc and then we start doing some pencil sketches. We will normally do two different concepts to show you different ways your garden can work. More than that just creates confusion. We will then meet with you again to discuss these concepts and get your feedback. Sometimes one concept is exactly what a client wants. Commonly elements from both concepts go into the final design. At the interim meeting we will also have some rough costs for how much it will be for us to build your design for you. At this interim stage there is loads of flexibility so you can amend the design to suit your taste and budget as much as you like and we can discuss phasing your garden build if required. Once we have your feedback we can then do your final design pack.

Final garden design

Your final design pack will include a full colour, scaled drawing of our new garden design

Your final design pack will include a full colour, scaled drawing of our new garden design

Your garden design pack will include:

Thereafter

Our skilled in-house landscaping team can follow your garden design exactly

Our skilled in-house landscaping team can follow your garden design exactly

Once you have perused your garden design pack, we very much hope you will use the Vialii Gardens landscaping team to bring your design to life. By using our in-house garden landscaping team we can ensure the design we have worked hard to perfect is created exactly as per the plan. We won’t change shapes, materials or planting style and we will work to the highest standards to create the perfect garden for you. Once complete we will provide you with your own bespoke plant care sheets so you can learn to look after your own garden. Unless you want our garden maintenance team to do that for you too!

If you have any other queries about garden design please get in touch and we will answer them for you.

Thanks

Vialii

Garden Trends for 2019

Gardening used to have a reputation for being boring and something people do when they retire. These days it is trendy to spend more time outdoors and use your garden as an extra room. So we have our (green) fingers on the pulse and have brought you the big garden trends for 2019 which you don’t want to miss!

FUNK IT UP

As Bruno Mars would say, you need to funk up your garden! There are all sorts of ways you can do this from adding a rendered wall painted bright colours; add funky mirrors to the garden; do unusual stepping stones made from tyres and artificial turf. Let your imagination go wild and add things which are personal and mean something to you. You will love your garden all the more and will want to spend more time out there.

Funk your garden up in 2019 (Source unknown)

Funk your garden up in 2019 (Source unknown)

CONSIDER THE CLIMATE

Create a climate change garden by thinking of its sustainability and its impact on the climate. There are lots of small changes you can make such as:

COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019

The Pantone colour of the year for 2019 is PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. We LOVE this colour and it’s the perfect way to keep your garden on trend. Plants such as phormium, heuchera, kniphofia, iris, dahlia and peonia are just a few that come in gorgeous coral shades to add some warmth to your flower beds.

Pantone colour of the year 2019

Pantone colour of the year 2019

TAKE THE INDOORS OUTDOORS

You will want to spend more time outdoors if you make it as comfortable as being indoors. There are lots to try such as:

BE BOLD

It’s time to be bold in the garden and push the boundaries a bit. Introduce bold colours into your garden – this could be as simple as painting your shed a bright colour or adding in some oversized planters. Bold planting is on trend, either go for strong colours or go for large jungle style planting such as phormium, bamboo, fatsia japonica and dicksonia antarctica, all of which look exotic but will survive well in your garden.

Planting Dicksonia antartctica is a great way to make a bold statement in your garden

Planting Dicksonia antartctica is a great way to make a bold statement in your garden

If you need some advice with what to do with your garden in 2019 then please get in touch.

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