Archive for July, 2015

Win one of three Hedges Direct vouchers worth a total of £150 in our LYG Get The Look competition

Following the overwhelming response to our #HDLoveYourGarden campaign in June and July, for August we’ve taken more inspiration from ITV’s popular gardening makeover show, Love Your Garden, to offer tips and inspiration to help transform your own outdoor space.

This series we’ve supplied Yew instant hedging and Ivy screens to help create dream gardens for the worthy participants featured on the programme. This follows Mature Cherry Laurel hedging supplied in 2013, and mixed native instant hedging, English Lavender, Portuguese Laurel hedging and Box hedging in 2014.

Throughout the series, the team – led by Alan Titchmarsh – has updated gardens in all manner of shapes and sizes, adhering to the latest trends in landscape design. Lavender has been used to add colourful bursts amongst the flowerbeds, whilst creative topiary transformed tired looking terraces. The team leave no detail undone in producing something truly individual.

At Hedges Direct we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to love their garden, and so we’re dedicating the month of August to helping you make changes to your outdoor space, to convert your garden into the natural haven of your dreams.HDGetTheLook

To give you a head start, we’ll be offering three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a Hedges Direct voucher to spend on anything that takes their fancy – whether that be an ornamental tree, some topiary or turf. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize – £75 voucher

2nd Prize – £50 voucher

3rd Prize – £25 voucher

The competition closes on Friday 21 August 5pm, and winners will be announced on Monday 24 August. To enter, simply visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page, click on the #HDGetTheLook tab and input your details. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. We’d also love to see photographs of your own gardens, tweet us @HedgesDirect with the hashtag #HDGetTheLook.

In order to help fuel your ideas we’ll be sharing how-to guides for the blog, to get your creative juices flowing – so stay tuned.

Throughout the summer we’ll be providing advice on how to make the most of getting out into the garden. If you’ve got any specific questions then please get in touch, our friendly team are on hand to help you make the right decisions for your gardening project.

Make sure you enter our competition, and stay tuned to ITV for Love Your Garden!

Hedges Direct at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Hedges Direct were recently involved in the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, working with luxury furniture company, Chic Teak. You can read more about our collaboration with Chic Teak here but we didn’t want our visit to Tatton Park to be all work and no play, so we made sure we had chance to wander round and see what else was going on. Here’s the biggest themes and trends we spotted at the show:

– Topiary

It’s no surprise that topiary was a popular choice at Tatton Park, with topiary standards providing instant impact and structure to both show gardens and exhibitors – our own Box topiary spirals and balls even featured in the show, used to decorate the Chic Teak stand. Under-planting topiary was also a re-occurring theme; topiary planted in either large containers or along beds surrounded by bright border plants provided a burst of colour that complimented the varying heights and shapes of topiary.Topiary at Tatton Park

Topiary standards– Bee friendly plants
Bee friendly borders popped up all around the show, highlighting the importance of choosing plants for pollinators in order to reduce the decline in bee numbers. These bee friendly plants not only have practical uses, supplying essential nectar and pollen to bees, but the range of colours, shapes and fragrances proves that the aesthetic value of these plants is in no way compromised.

Bee friendly plants

 

Bee friendly garden

– Wildlife gardens
It’s not only bees that were given the spotlight at Tatton Park; there were plenty of other wildlife species that featured in the show gardens and exhibitor stands. Creating a home for nature in your garden was a common theme with bug boxes, hedgehog habitats, and bird houses making an appearance in several of the gardens.

gardening for wildlife

wildlife friendly garden

– Perennial grasses
Many of the show gardens included perennial grasses which gave the designs a natural, more relaxed look and added texture to the planting schemes. The Light Catcher Garden and A Quiet Corner (both awarded gold) were heavily punctuated with sections of perennial grasses.

perennial grass

– Instant hedging
Instant hedging seemed to be the go-to choice for many garden designers, using this fast and effective hedging unit as a way to create an attractive backdrop for their designs. Instant hedging was also used as a canvas for some of the exhibitor stands, including the Chic Teak stand which featured our Hornbeam instant hedging.

instant hedging

instant hornbeam hedging

– Pleached and espalier trees
Although these tree training methods only made a small appearance at the show, the use of pleached trees and espalier trees demonstrates how these age-old training methods are still valued as significant horticultural skills.

pleached hedging

pleached trees

– She Sheds and Man Caves
There were plenty of sheds dotted around the Tatton Park Flower Show but they definitely didn’t look like your average shed. The trend to use your garden shed for leisure as well as storage and gardening is definitely on the rise, with one mirrored shed even containing a disco ball.

Shed

– Roof gardens
More and more roof gardens are appearing as urban gardening continues to rise. The tall, outdoor table and chairs from Chic Teak are perfect for small spaces such as roof gardens and plenty of sheds and garages at the show, like the one displayed in the Spiralling out of Control garden, featured green roofs channelling the Greening Grey Britain campaign.

 

chic teak furniture

greening grey Britian

Let us know your top trends from the Show on our Facebook page or share your photos with us @hedgesdirect.

Love Your Garden 2015

Last night Alan and the team pulled off another fantastic makeover for a truly deserving family. Last night’s episode was all about looking to the future so Alan used some unusual and futuristic pieces such as the Solardome Pod and the Aqua Globe water feature which they combined with linear planting schemes and geometric shapes.

Love Your Garden 2015 Ep. 3

Photo courtesy of itv.com/alan

Here at Hedges Direct, we’re massive fans of the show and have helped complete many a garden make-over by donating our hedging, among other things, to the Love Your Garden team. This year we provided the Yew instant hedging to help section off the shed area and increase the architectural diversity. Our instant hedging is the perfect solution for projects like these where time is of the essence. The pre-clipped, trough grown hedges are easy to plant so Frances was able to get them positioned quickly within the short timeframe.

Love Your Garden 2015 Ep. 3

Photo courtesy of itv.com/alan

Many of the plants used in the Finney family garden can be found on our website. We supply Golden Bamboo, which Alan used to create exotic features outside the futuristic greenhouse and shed. The Topiary cones and balls which were included in the large concrete planters, are a great way of incorporating geometric shapes, ensuring your garden has year round colour and structure.

The Finney family were thrilled with their finished garden and who wouldn’t be?! Once again, the Love Your Garden team went above and beyond to create a breathtaking transformation that will last a lifetime.

Love Your Garden 2015 Ep. 3

Photo courtesy of itv.com/alan

Make sure to tune in Tuesdays at 8pm on ITV or catch up with previous episodes on the ITV player.

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