Bulbs are often used in formal planting schemes and mixed borders to add seasonal interest. Another way of planting bulbs is to ‘naturalise’ them. This means planting in more informal drifts on mass in a more naturalistic way. If you use [...]Read more
Pittosporum are a genus of evergreen shrubs that are grown mainly for their foliage although their flowers are highly scented in late spring and early summer. Flowers grow on the stems in the leaf axils and mostly hidden by the foliage. It is [...]Read more
Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. Hosepipe bans are more frequent and it is necessary to consider effective ways of using this water in the garden. If we take example from historic gardens in arid landscapes such as the [...]Read more
Topiary is the name given to formally clipped plants, normally evergreens, which are added to gardens to proved shape, structure, balance and symmetry as well as winter interest. My five favourite evergreen shrubs for topiary include: [...]Read more
Employing a garden or landscape designer to help out with a project is an expensive luxury, but is the cost worth the designer difference? At Bestall & Co we definitely think so, but then we would. Each of our team appreciates both [...]Read more
When I was travelling in America we stayed in a great hotel in Las Vegas and to either side of the (outdoor) reception were two huge ‘clouds’ of Pittosporum tobaria. They were perfectly formed and clearly loving the intense heat [...]Read more
Rachel de Thame & Lee Bestall with Lupin ‘Rachel de Thame’ This Westcountry Lupin was planted in our garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 to represent the early phase of colour change that the apple blossom buds undergo as [...]Read more
Bedding plants were very popular in Victorian times. With the advent of the glasshouse, gardeners were able to raise tender plants en mass with modern methods of protection. Perennials, shrubs and roses were usually only available bare root [...]Read more
In association with property investment company CAPCO, Lee Bestall celebrates over 500 years of history from the much loved Covent Garden, London. 2017 was a special year for Covent Garden. It was the first year that it presented a display at [...]Read more
As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 comes to a close, Yorkshire can leave with its head held high. 3 of the 9 gardens on main avenue were designed by Yorkshire designers. Tracy Foster (sponsored by Welcome To Yorkshire) who recreated a [...]Read more
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