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Love Your Garden 2017

Hedges Direct proud to support ITV’s Love Your Garden in 2017

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; the black pebbles of the path meanwhile 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 Garden Hedges

If you tuned into ITV on Tuesday night you will have noticed the Love Your Garden team planting our beautiful Laurel Hedging. There are so many fantastic benefits of hedging that make it a much more viable option to fencing:

Hedges Vs. Fences

  • Hedges are a lot more cost effective than bulk buying fences
  • They require minimal maintenance and may never need replacing
  • Dense hedges create a windbreak for the rest of the garden
  • Hedging can reduce noise and absorb pollution in urban areas
  • They offer privacy whilst also attracting wildlife

As Love Your Garden were working to a deadline, they opted for ‘instant’ hedging. However, it is far more cost-effective to plant younger, smaller hedging plants and care for them whilst they grow. Our Laurel Hedging starts from £1.71, and as you can see from Love Your Garden, they grow up to create a lush, dense hedge.

Love Your Garden - Finished Result

Love Your Garden – Finished Result

Laurel Hedging boasts many benefits. As a fast growing, evergreen hedging plant, it is particularly hardy and will flourish in pretty much all sites, including dry soils or shaded areas. It is fairly low maintenance and only needs pruning once a year in Spring or Summer. It can be pruned into a formal hedge, or kept slightly bushy for a more natural look.

When planting any hedging, we agree with Alan that it is very important to plant properly. We recommend Root Grow, which enables plants to extract nutrients and absorb moisture more efficiently.

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

If you’re interested in Hedging but looking for a different aesthetic, Alan also recommended Pyracantha Hedging Plants. They are an ideal intruder deterrent due to their spiny foliage, and there are three different varieties to choose from which produce, red, orange or yellow berries.

Alan and the team had a huge garden to work with on Tuesday’s show but these looks can still be achieved in smaller spaces. A great way to create a feature filled look in a smaller garden is to utilise your vertical space. Tall, narrow trees are an interesting way to frame the view of any garden. Alan used a beautiful combination of pink and white Crab Apple trees which offer year round interest from their flowers, fruit and autumn colour. Our sister site Ornamental Trees has a wide range of beautiful trees to choose from.

We hope you’re all enjoying the Love Your Garden series as much as we are! Just remember, there are Hedging options available to suit all budgets and gardens.

Don’t forget you will receive 10% off with the Discount Code ALAN until Friday!