With National Gardening Week underway (April 11-17) many green-fingered homeowners in Cheshire will be keen to spruce up their outside space in time for the summer.
Redrow Homes has a number of blossoming developments open across the county and it’s not just the show home interiors that draw admiration, the gardens too are often a major selling point.
David Binks, managing director of Landstruction, who won a coveted gold medal at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has helped to create many of the show-stopping show home gardens at Redrow developments in Cheshire, including: Regent’s Grange in Chester, Chestnut Grange in Tattenhall, Stretton Green in Stretton, and Hartford Grange, Weaver Park and Hunter’s Chase in Hartford, near Northwich.
To celebrate this special week of gardening activity, David has shared his top tips to achieve the show home look in your own garden:
1. Create structure with evergreen shrubs, then interplant with herbaceous plants; this will create a framework within your garden all year round, with seasonal moments of brilliance to enjoy.
Examples of how to achieve this: For a shaded area, Sarcococca confusa (Sweet box) interplanted with Helleborus orientalis (Hellebores) and Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Japanese Anemone).
2. Add some zing; a well-placed colour contrast creates a focal point within the garden. Add a splash of red or purple to a predominantly green border to create visual interest.
Examples of how to achieve this: Plant a Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ (Smoke Bush), Pittosporum tenuifolium purpureum, Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’ or a Euphorbia amygdaloides 'purpurea' (Purple wood spurge), to break up swathes of green foliage.
3. Sculpture within the garden; depending on the theme you are going for in your home, a sculpture or water feature can enhance the look you are trying to achieve.
Examples of how to achieve this: An armillary within the garden creates a classic formal feel to an outside space.
4. Awaken the senses; well-placed fragrant plants can transport you without having to leave your own garden.
Examples of how to achieve this: Flank the footpath leading to your front door with Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender) or train a Jasminum polyanthum (Jasmine) against a south-facing wall.
5. Create rooms within your garden; to prevent your garden feeling two-dimensional, the addition of some structure helps create areas of interest. Look at how the sun moves around your garden throughout the day and decide on where best to position seating areas, outside dining areas, barbecues.
Examples of how to achieve this: Construct a pergola in a position that receives full sun, to enjoy dappled light at midday.
6. Plant some trees; whilst adding privacy to a garden, well-chosen trees can add interest and colour year round.
Examples of how to achieve this: Some great all-rounders are Acer griseum (Chinese paperbark maple), Betula jacquemontii (West Himalayan birch), Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry) or an Amelanchier lamarckii (June berry).
Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “As with our interiors, we aim to create very achievable looks in our show home gardens, so our customers can really feel inspired and imagine themselves living in the property and spending time outdoors.
“Our landscapers are experts at creating gardens that look beautiful and retain interest all year round while being easy to manage and maintain. We hope everyone will have chance to get outside during National Gardening Week and put some of David’s top tips into practice!”
For more tips, visit your nearest Redrow show home. Find out more at www.redrow.co.uk
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk