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A sackful of Dahlias pilfered from the park

I was out for my morning run in my local park in South East London earlier in the week and was stopped in my tracks by the sight of the park maintenance crew digging up a large circular bed filled with brightly coloured Dahlias, in preparation for planting up with a new scheme for autumn/winter. Hundreds of plants were being pulled out of the ground and thrown straight into the skip, destined for the dump. Most of the Dahlias weren’t even in full flower yet, and would happily be flowering until the first frosts (had they not been yanked unceremoniously from the warm earth). I’ve never been a fan of these gaudy Victorian carpet bedding schemes, reminiscent of coastal towns up and down the len

A shady front garden

The client was looking for a south east London garden designer who could improve their neglected front garden. The small north-facing garden in Lewisham was paved with setts and contained surrounding borders which were void of planting. The client had a tight budget and was keen to keep some of the setts but wanted to increase the amount of planting. The design solution was to create 3 curved beds leaving narrow pathways so the client could walk around and view the garden from different angles. Some of the removed setts were used to create a path along the boundary wall to allow access for the bins. The planting scheme was shade tolerant perennials in white, green and purple that would thriv

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