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Hedges Direct and Love Your Garden Team Up Again for 2017 Season

2017 sees Hedges Direct once again teaming up with Love Your Garden to help create some more dream spaces for the deserving and inspirational people featured in this series. The first episode was particularly emotional featuring Mark Ormrod, an ex-Royal Marine and a triple amputee who was injured in an IED explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan. Being physically incapacitated in this way has meant that although Mark with his iron willpower has embraced life in many positive and far reaching ways, small things, such as being able to create and maintain an outdoor space for he and his family to enjoy whilst still rehabilitating from his injuries, was difficult to achieve. And so in stepped the ‘Love Your Garden’ team and a host of fantastic suppliers, Hedges Direct included, to help the family of five finally have the recreational and therapeutic space that they so dearly needed.

The garden beforehand was uninspiring and characterless and a far cry from the haven that they wished for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Love Your Garden team took the space and turned it into a multi-functional and defined garden with areas for dining, sitting, playing and recuperating. Some of the planting was contained within built planters to contain growth and to aid the care and maintenance of the plants by being at a raised level thereby being easier to reach, and mature plants were also used to create that established garden feel. The outdoor flooring was low maintenance featuring beautiful porcelain paving around the dining areas, astro type turf for the lawn area and rubberised flooring around the play areas, all of which was levelled off to enable Mark to move around more easily on his prosthetics. Practical yet stunning we’re sure you’ll agree!

Hedges Direct were asked to provide some bamboo for the children’s play area to create a ‘bamboo jungle’ for the path leading from the lawn to the play house. Black Bamboo was provided to the team (Phyllostachys Nigra) in 10L pots. This type of bamboo has intensely black canes (creamy green in the first year) against green foliage, is clump forming and has a lovely arching habit.  It’s height made it a great structural yet flexible addition to the play area whilst planted in such a way that it created a secret and exotic pathway to fire the children’s imaginations, whilst the black pebbles of the path are reflected by the black stems of the bamboo, all of which contrasts beautifully to the surrounding pale pebbled areas . Below, Frances plants the bamboo complete with their pots to help keep the bamboo contained to that area, although this being a clumping variety, the bamboo tends not to spread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to Black Bamboo, Hedges Direct also provided some Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’) which was again used in the children’s play area behind the climbing frame. Once grown to maturity, this lovely glossy green hedge will screen the fencing behind creating a more natural feel to complement the chunky wood of the climbing frame.

The family now have the most amazing garden in which to relax  play, entertain and for Mark to continue his rehabilitation. We are proud and honoured to have helped the Love Your Garden team once again in 2017;  we all wish the Ormrod family the very best and hope that they have many happy years enjoying this wonderful, inspirational space!

Love Your Garden continues on ITV throughout the summer and Hedges Direct will feature again later in the year (we’ll let you know when). If you missed this episode, you can catch up at the ITV Hub.

Love Your Wild Garden 2015

If you caught last night’s special episode of ITV’s Love Your Garden, aptly named Love Your Wild Garden, you will have seen Alan and the team visit Keech Hospice in Luton to create a stunning wildlife garden for the patients to enjoy.

With a 500m plot to transform, Alan and the team certainly had a challenge on their hands, but not one to shy away from hard work, Alan immersed himself in everything wildlife friendly, including a huge pond and insect hotels, to create a garden alive with the sound of buzzing bees and twittering birds.

Using a variety of bee friendly plants from our sister company, Bee Friendly Garden plants, Alan created huge circular gabions that would be a thriving hub of insect activity for both the adults and the children at the hospice to enjoy.

Bee friendly garden plantsBee friendly garden plants on LYG

Alan then used our instant mixed native hedging to create a boundary along the garden to give shelter from the wind. Instant hedging is a great way to achieve an established hedge unit without waiting for the plants to mature and native hedging is home to a huge variety of Britain’s wildlife species, providing both shelter and food year round.

instant mixed native hedginginstant hedging on ove your garden

Many people believe that a wildlife friendly garden has to be filled with brambles, weeds and nettles, however Alan proves that a garden bursting with colour, fragrance and ornamental value is just as attractive to wildlife as it is to us.

The Love Your Garden team designed this garden with nature in mind and managed to create an outdoor space for the patients of Keech Hospice to enjoy, finding tranquillity as they immerse themselves in the presence of nature.

If you’re thinking of undertaking your own garden makeover, enter our #‎HDGetTheLook competition for the chance to win vouchers to help you on your way.

Watch the full wildlife special and catch up on any other episodes from this series of Love Your Garden that you may have missed on ITV player.

Hedges Direct supply Ivy screens to ITV’s Love Your Garden

Following the successful relationship between Hedges Direct and Love Your Garden over the last three years, we were asked to supply more plants for another episode in the current series of the popular ITV show.

Earlier in the series, we supplied Yew instant hedging to transform a tired family garden into a futuristic, modern space and have since provided four Ivy screens for another garden transformation. The Ivy screens, also known as living fences, are used to cover an unsightly oil tank, providing a more aesthetically pleasing solution than a fence.

The Ivy screens are made from a non-invasive species of Ivy that has dense foliage giving good coverage. Thirteen Ivy plants, each with five stems, are grown on light-weight galvanised steel frames which are easy to install and provide immediate impact. The many benefits of Ivy screens not only make them a great choice for domestic gardens but also businesses and public spaces too. The narrow screens are ideal for small spaces where a bushier hedge may take up too much room and they make an attractive alternative to fences and walls, providing both security and privacy with added wildlife value.Ivy Screens

Last month we celebrated the return of Love Your Garden to ITV with a Facebook competition in which three winners each won a Fruit Tree and planting kit. Following the success of this competition, we are now giving away £150 worth of vouchers to three lucky winners so they can recreate the look from their favourite Love Your Garden episodes in their own garden. To be in with the chance of winning, enter our #HDGetTheLook competition here. The winners will be announced on Monday 24th August.

Next week Alan and the team will be returning to a garden from last year’s series in which Hedges Direct supplied mixed native instant hedging and Lavender plants to transform a hospice in Luton. Catch the wildlife special on 18th August at the usual time of 8pm.

If you’ve missed any episodes from this series, you can catch up on ITV player.

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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Hedges Direct and Love your Garden

ove your garden with alan titchmarsh

The wonderful Alan Titchmarsh, the nation’s favourite garden makeover expert, is coming back to our screens this summer with a brand new series of ITV’s Love Your Garden. Love your Garden is now coming up to its fifth season and in the last four years we’ve seen Alan, along with his experienced team, David Domoney, Katie Rushworth, Frances Tophill and a selection of talented landscapers, design and build top-quality (not bish bash bosh like some other garden makeover programmes), beautiful gardens for people who may have experienced tough times or who play a huge part in their local communities – people who deserve their dream garden. The Love your Garden cast work together to transform spaces of all shapes and sizes and overcome challenges, all whilst providing the viewers at home with top garden tips.

You may think you’ll be busy taking notes for your own garden makeover but you’ll also need some tissues at the ready as each episode never fails to tug at your heartstrings. There’s always a tear jerking section of Love your Garden which involves Alan taking some time to discuss with the garden owner what a new garden will mean to them. As hedging suppliers, we realise that gardens can sometimes be sentimental and link to our emotions – they stimulate our senses in many ways and their very existence is good for our overall well-being.
Love your Garden team
In 2013, Hedges Direct became involved with this Alan Titchmarsh show, supplying a rather large quantity of mature Cherry Laurel hedging to plant in a garden in the Midlands.

Then again, during the Love your Garden 2014 series, we were asked to supply more hedging for the show, which included:

English lavender hedging

Everything we contributed towards Love your Garden was supplied completely free of charge. We are proud to be associated with such a heart-warming programme, and over the moon to see Alan Titchmarsh planting our stock.

We hope all the 2013 and 2014 gardens are doing well with our hedging plants as integral elements of the designs and we’re now looking forward to the new series this summer. To take part in the programme, or nominate someone that you think deserves an Alan Titchmarsh garden makeover, find the Love Your Garden application here.

Hedging Alternatives – Japanese Holly vs. Box

On last night’s episode of Love Your Garden, Alan Titchmarsh and his team of expert gardeners redesigned the Estick family garden to create a beautiful retreat where Mum, Claire could grow her veg and the children could enjoy their outdoor space to its full potential. A hugely deserving family, Hedges Direct were thrilled to be able to help out and provide quality hedge plants to the Love Your Garden team once again.

Rather than going with traditional Box hedging (Buxus sempervirens), we supplied Love Your Garden with Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) which is very similar in appearance but has added benefits!

Japanese Holly vs Box

Japanese Holly vs Box

It is practically identical to Box, with small, rounded, glossy dark green leaves. Although it is part of the Holly family, the leaves are not prickly so it’s safe to use in all areas of the garden. The main benefit of planting Japanese Holly instead of Box is that it is not susceptible to box blight (a fungal disease which turns the leaves brown and causes them to drop). Ilex Crenata is also a great alternative because it’s not prone to leaf scorch and you can also prune into brown wood if it has been neglected.

Gorgeous green foliage for a compact hedge

Gorgeous green foliage for a compact hedge

Japanese Holly creates a compact, evergreen hedge and can be easily maintained between 20cm – 3.6m in height. It has an annual growth rate of approximately 20-30cm and has an ultimate width of 1.8m. Ilex crenata is suited to most soil types, including chalky or clay and prefers a well drained site. It can be planted year round in full sun to partial shade.

Box or Japanese Holly can be used to create gorgeous Parterre style gardens. The Love Your Garden team took inspiration from these 15th century French gardens last night with Claire’s new kitchen garden. Parterres are formal gardens consisting of planting beds designed into symmetrical patterns and are usually separated by gravel pathways. Traditionally, Box hedging was used to add structure and form to the gardens but Japanese Holly is now fast becoming the new favourite due to its similar aesthetic but added benefits. Claire’s new kitchen garden was a modern twist on this with a mix of bedding plants and herbs.

A modern twist on a parterre style garden

A modern twist on a parterre style garden

Another hedging alternative to Box is Euonymus Jean Hugues. Again, this is almost indistinguishable from Box, only our horticultural experts can truly tell the difference!