Caroline Davy is an award-winning landscape and
garden designer with a growing reputation for creating
beautiful gardens across the country.
Caroline’s style is typified by an instinctive and intuitive response to each individual site. Her designs emphasise the strengths of every location’s natural character so each garden develops a completely unique look and atmosphere. Practicality is also central to Caroline’s work and she creates relevant outdoor spaces that are perfectly suited to the needs of their owners.
Click here to see how the grounds of this 16th C manor have been turned into a rural oasis.
Click here to read Caroline's thoughts on gate design in September's Homes & Gardens.
Summer arrived this year with a bang! No gradual increases in temperature and hints of things to come but a full blown heat wave and seasonal highs throughout the country. Together with the wetter weather of earlier in the year, this sun initially brought massive growth in the garden and maintenance tasks have focused on keeping it all under control! In new gardens this spurt is appreciated as instant size and colour is always a bonus. However, in my own garden, the conditions have left me feeling as though I'm living with a jungle! Judicious pruning of lush perennials such as the geraniums after the first flowering is over, brings with it a sense of order and the promise of more flowers to come later in the year.
The weather of earlier in the year meant that many bulbs and perennials were at least 2 weeks behind their usual flowering time. I think that most things will have caught up now but this anomaly meant we were seeing new combinations and new flowering neighbours within the garden. I had pale daffodils and a gorgeous orange Geum flowering next to one another and the effect was rather lovely. Having been early last year, the Allium 'Purple Sensation' were late this year and looked fantastic with the early flowers of the Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' and the Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle'.
Work is about to start on Planting Plans for a front garden in Hampshire which offers its own challenges; brick walls that are lovely but that need softening are the main focus within this space. The garden in south Hampshire that we've been building for the past couple of months is progressing really well. Planting Plans are in progress but we will delay planting until the autumn.
I am planning some small changes to the web site over the next few weeks so watch this space for more developments and photographs. p>