Garden Inspiration

CORNUCOPIA OF CORNUS

Commonly known as the Dogwood the Cornus is a group of botanically diverse plants with a lot of year round interest to add to any planting design. Planted on mass they can be used to give winter and spring interest with their vivid stem colour. There are two species which are alba and sibirica. Dogwood are vigorous growing shrubs reaching 4 to 6 foot in high depending on variety. Dogwoods prefer a sunny position in moisture retentive soils. The second year after planting [...]

BULBS FOR BEES, SCENT AND STYLE

Don’t wait until a depressing February morning to wish you’d popped in a few crocus, embrace the slide into autumn now by grabbing your spring bulbs and getting them into your gardens and pots. We’ve put together some of our favourite bulbs into combinations for various styles, feeding the bees and difficult shady spots. All of these are available at Capital Gardens now so feel free to grab a member of the team to help you get bulb ready. When [...]

KOKEDAMA – A QUICK GUIDE

Kokedama in English, literally means  "moss ball" and is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of both bonsai and kusamono planting styles.   Kokodama encapsulates the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, which can be explained as an appreciation of nature’s imperfections and the transience of natural beauty. Characteristics of Wabi-sabi include simplicity, warmth, earthy, irregular, rough, natural, acceptance and observation. Like Bonsai Kokedama [...]