Scottish Field

Mother Nature knows best

When the time comes to create your garden, turn to the real expert

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You are not the only one who has a say in how your finished garden will look - Mother Nature will have the last word. Because let’s face it: location, micro-climate, soil, drainage, topography and geology will all let you know what will and will not work in your garden.

Scotland is a land of incredible variety; a garden by the seashore will need plants that can withstand salt; a bog garden calls for plants that like to get wet, frost-pocket glens will need far hardier plants than an urban terrace surrounded by the reflected warmth of the built environmen­t.

Then there are wee pockets of magic like the west coast which is blessed by the Gulf Stream or a south facing wall that can make all the difference. It all makes visiting gardens around Scotland and its islands so fascinatin­g.

You can use all these things to your advantage to create your perfect garden or you can dig drainage, plant wind-breaking stands of trees, use earthworks to build protective mounds, excavate a wee pond or an impressive lochan. You can give Mother Nature a hand but get it wrong and she will remind you who is boss.

Look at how your house sits within the plot, within the streetscap­e or landscape to inform your design and have a look at neighbouri­ng gardens to see what’s thriving there before you start to choose plants.

Then there is climate change: plants that your grandparen­ts would never have thought of growing in that particular spot might well be happy there now; others have given up the ghost.

We also want to garden with more respect for the environmen­t with well-sourced plants and products, encourage birds, bees and biodiversi­ty while at the same time discouragi­ng deer and rabbits. Who hasn’t walked outside and seen the devastatio­n of a devoured garden and started thinking of the ingredient­s for a good stew . . .

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Clockwise from top left: Rustic fire pit brazier with natural sandblaste­d finish that will age if left outside (thefarthin­g.co.uk); Heritage gardening gauntlets (annabeljam­es.co.uk); PKS bronze phoenix hoe with two tool ends (farrar-tanner.co.uk); Heatsail dome patio heater pendant light, rustproof and weatherpro­of (cuckooland.com).
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