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carol whitehead contemporary garden designer and artist
garden designer and artist

Category Archives: wild at heart

planting for pollinators

planting for pollinators

My garden design schemes include planting for pollinators. It is important to provide enough variety of nectar in a garden planting scheme throughout the year. Planting for pollinators will attract a wider selection of insects to a garden and in turn make it a healthier plot and attract more birdlife too. The plant forage provides… >>>

natures beautiful caterpillars

natures beautiful caterpillars

I have come across some amazing and beautiful caterpillars this summer. Featured above is the very hairy Woolley Bear Caterpillar which turns into the striking Garden Tiger Moth. Its Latin name is Arctia caja. This one I found eating some left over willow I had rooting in a bucket at my allotment. It is often… >>>

a low impact garden design

a low impact garden design

A low impact garden design, generously planted for wildlife focus. In this design I have created a strong circular layout that underpins the paths and patio features, creating rhythm and movement throughout the space. The curved intersections into each patio create a grounded sense of calm in which to observe the wildlife present in the… >>>

wildlife ponds in small gardens

wildlife ponds in small gardens

Wildlife ponds in small gardens are enchanting. Water is the key to life so I love to included them in my garden designs because they encourage wildlife activity. The water surface provide an exciting dimension to a small garden. The surface reflections mirror the sky and attracts light, insects and birds into the space. A… >>>

garden structure in the snow

garden structure in the snow

A dusting of snow puts emphasis the structural bones of a garden to dramatic effect. The wildlife garden I designed at worthing looks like a theatrical set in the dark, in this photograph my clients sent over during the winter. Looks like a Wagnerian character is about to enter stage right! All three gardens are… >>>

wildlife garden in worthing

wildlife garden in worthing

I designed this wildlife garden in Worthing, West Sussex. The brief was to introduce vertical interest within an empty ‘L’ shaped garden. The clients love Monet’s Giverny gardenĀ and they wished the design to include a sense of this garden’s opulent planting and water. Trees dominate the boundary, and provide an essential shelter belt to filter… >>>

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