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Welcome to Sheila Hassock Garden Design

What do you want to do in your garden?

Sheila Hassock Garden Design can create a space to suit your individual tastes and needs. From a small city garden to large rural plots, in traditional or contemporary design.

I provide knowledge, expertise and solutions

Why?

A beautiful garden is a life enhancing thing. It gives you somewhere to relax and to play. It is an extension to your house and provides views, space and even other rooms.

A well designed garden is a solid investment in your property. An attractive garden can add 5% or more to the value of your house (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, www.rics.org). For a house worth £500,000, that’s an increase of at least £25,000. Unlike other property projects, a garden can grow to look better over the years rather than depreciate with time.

By using a professional garden designer, the full potential of a site can be realised. Designs are created on paper before any construction takes place, allowing potential problems to be solved before costly mistakes are made. The aspect and soil type are considered before producing a planting plan where the plants will flourish throughout the year. A design plan also allows areas of the garden to be constructed at different times, depending on budget, and allows the collection of competitive quotes from professional contractors.

Who?

Sheila Hassock Ph.D. is a fully qualified garden designer based in Kent and working in the south east of England. I have a BSc and PhD in Biological Sciences and a love for gardens and horticulture. These passions were combined by training professionally at the Pickard School of Garden Design, London, one of the largest garden design schools in the UK. Silver-gilt medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2007.

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Tips For The Month

  • Plants for July – Lonicera x brownie ‘Dropmore Scarlet’, Phlox paniculata, Centaurea hypoleuca and alstroemeria hybrids.
  • Divide and plant flag irises every 3-4 years.
  • Take cuttings of pinks and carnations.
  • Cut back flowered perennials like geranium, viola and delphinium to encourage a second flush.
  • Divide congested clumps of daffodils.
  • Prune early flowering clematis back to 2-3 buds off the main framework of branches and take cuttings
  • Take soft cuttings of short lived shrubs like lavender, artemisia and euryops.
  • Keep lawns in top condition.
  • Prune leylandii hedges early July and again between late August and October.
  • Ripen and harvest shallots and garlic.
  • Sow autumn vegetables now like carrots, turnips, spinach beet and cress.
  • Cut back herbs like sorrel, marjoram, mint and tarragon for further young growth.
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Links

Allotment growing www.allotment-garden.org

Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk

Society of Garden Designers www.sgd.org.uk

Rock Unique www.rock-unique.com

Creative Landscapes www.creative-landscapes.net

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The Government is hoping to steer the public to use more environmentally friendly products in their front gardens. From October 2008, home owners in England must apply for planning permission if they want to pave their front garden with an impermeable material, such as asphalt. Planning permission is not required if you use a porous [...]

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