Surprise Me Garden

Garden Styles / By Catscapes Landscapes



1/17/20242 min read

Surprise Me Garden

Garden Styles/ By Catscapes Landscapes

Surprise me!” she said. “Give me colour and joy all year!” she said. “Hmm” I thought, “how fun to have something a little different as a brief!” after meeting my very sophisticated, glamorous new client last year. Surprises! Colour! Joy! What a brilliant challenge. Landscape trends come and go but some are perennial favourites – and for a good reason – there is always something charming about an English country garden, always something glamorous about the classic formal all-white garden, always something wholesome about the waterwise-indigenous- succulent garden. But a year-round surprise garden, now that is not something I have been asked for before.

Driving away from the spectacular site my mind buzzed with ideas – “Surprises!” – what about bulbs that pop up at different times of the year to add that pop of unexpected interest amid an already beautifully designed garden? Absolutely! Unusual flowers that provide a talking point? Definitely! “Colour!” Oh how I love colour! A riot of colours! A whole kaleidoscope! Colour all year! Bold colours, subtle colours, I love a client that loves colours! And “Joy!” What will spark joy for this lovely lady I wondered? Fragrances? Surprising colour combinations? Seeing birds and butterflies enjoying her glorious garden? Yes I thought, all of those!

So I set to work and how I savoured every moment of creating this garden. I planted Amaryllis bulbs in between her other flowers to pop up over December and received a thrilled message at Christmas time as she marvelled at the stunning big bold flowers which she hadn’t known were there. This morning I received a picture of the unusual spider-lilies and these glorious orange Crocosmia popping up among the regal blue Salvias with another message to say how she loved coming home to her “rainbow-like paradise.”

I think what I am enjoying most about this completed project is knowing that she is going to love the jewel-like sunbirds that are going to be frequenting her flowers in winter, the butterflies enjoying the heady scented buddlejas in spring and the blue squills popping up in October and the ….. Sshh, can't say too much, don’t want to ruin the surprise!