How to water your garden using as little water as possible

How to water your garden using as little

How to water your garden using as little water as possible

This summer has been one of the hottest recorded and as a result, water stocks are low, with some counties introducing a hosepipe ban. In Scotland, we’re lucky to have avoided these restrictions so far, but that is no excuse for not preserving water and being vigilant of our usage.

We all have a role to play in saving water and when it comes to watering your garden using as little water as possible, you may be surprised at what can be done.

 

Why bother saving water?

Water is a natural resource that we need to live. Saving on water usage helps to save our planet by preserving water for future years, but also it saves on the energy that is used to process it, which reduces pollution.

Top 10 Tips for watering your garden in a drought:

1. Only water the areas in need

Try to reduce waste by watering the areas in your garden most in need. Check the soil about a foot down to check moisture levels and only water those that are dry. Try also to avoid watering leaves and focus on getting water to the roots, where it’s most needed.

2. Consider droughts when choosing your plants

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, it may be worth considering drought-resistant plants when planning your landscape. Check out this list of less water-needy plants from the Royal Horticultural Society.

3. Avoid Sprinklers

Sprinklers look great and the kids love them, but once they are set up, they will water the same sections of the garden, which is not necessarily the areas in need of attention. Instead, why not consider an automated watering system or a plant feeder system, such as Mono Plansava, a watering trough for varying sizes of planters.

4. Collect Rain Water

Rainwater can be collected from roof drains by diverting water from the drainpipe into a water butt. This can then be used to water your garden and is probably one of the simplest and most eco-friendly ways of collecting and storing water.

5. Re-use bath, shower, washing machine water

Most household soaps and detergents are harmless to plants, so it is safe to recycle household water. Caution: do avoid water that contains stronger chemicals, such as bleach, dishwater salt or disinfectants. This can be done again using a diverter, such as a greywater diverter valve, to send water to a butt or bin.

6. Water at the right time of day

Try to avoid watering a lawn and plants in the evening. On a lawn, this water will sit and create the perfect environment for fungus to grow. Instead, water first thing in the morning, while it’s still cool. If you struggle to do this, consider an automated system to help.

7. Use a brush to clean the driveway or paths

Save water when cleaning driveways and paths by simply using an outdoor brush instead of a hosepipe.

8. Mulch those flower beds

Mulching flowerbeds, planters and hanging baskets will help conserve the moister in the soil.

9. Care for your soil

Look after your soil by adding organic matter to improve the structure. Consider also adding water-retentive gel or granules in planters or pots.

10. Shade your lawn

Shade the soil in your lawn by keeping it around 2 inches high. Cutting it back will assist the evaporation process and make for a thirstier lawn.

These tips will help keep your garden healthy, whilst looking after our planet at the same time.

Enjoy your garden this summer!

Papillon wins Garden Design & Landscaping Prize at Trades Awards

Papillon wins Garden Design & Landscaping Prize at Trades Awards

Papillon is delighted to have scooped a top prize in Garden Design & Landscaping at this year’s Trades Awards.

The Trades Awards is an annual celebration of trades businesses in the North-east of Scotland. This year, after a rigorous application process, the finalists were gathered at the Ardoe House Hotel on Friday 8th June to learn their fate.

Garden Designer, Zuzana Habsudova (pictured centre), picked up the accolade on behalf of Papillon. She said: “We work really hard to come up with garden designs that work for their owners and fit with the environment around them. It’s what we do best and it’s great for the whole team to be recognised for all of our efforts in these awards.”

For more information on the Trades Awards, visit www.tradesawards.com.

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Vera Efimova, Zuzana Habsudova and Angelique Robb of Papillon, pictured ahead of the awards ceremony.

Papillon’s Biossun to showcase at Ideal Home Show 2018

Ideal Home Show 2018
Ideal Home Show 2018

Papillon's Biossun to showcase at this year's Ideal Home Show

This week, Papillon will be showcasing the Biossun at Glasgow's Ideal Home Show, which is being held at the SEC from 31st May - 3rd June.

Pop along to our stand at G220 and meet Papillon Director, Angelique Robb.  Angelique will be hosting a Garden Design Drop-in each day of the event to talk design, share experience and offer tips & advice.

 

Anyone for Pimm's?

Enjoy a glass of Pimm's (if you're over 18!), whilst checking out our Biossun and browsing our portfolio for garden design ideas.

 

Star of the show:  The Biossun

The Biossun is an innovative and stylish patio cover with adjustable louvres, a rain and wind detector,  Electronic Zipsun blinds, led strip lighting and more.  Everything needed to enjoy outdoor living for longer.  The 100% eco-design is manufactured in France and exclusive to Papillon in Scotland.  It will be exhibited in its full glory at the Papillon stand - not to be missed!

Ideal home show Biossun
Ideal Home Show Biossun pergola
Ideal Home Show - Patio cover from Papillon
Ideal home show - Patio cover Scotland

Tickets

For tickets to this year's Ideal Home Show, click here

We'll look forward to seeing you there!

WIN Tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show

Win tickets to Ideal Home Show

Papillon to launch Garden Parties at Aberdeen Garden & Outdoors

WIN Tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show

Papillon is giving away two sets of 2 tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show in Glasgow, being held on 31 May- 3 June 2018. For your chance to win and to enter visit our Facebook page.

All you have to do is:
1) Like our page
2) Like the competition post
3) Comment on the post.
Competition closes on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Two winners will be drawn at random and announced thereafter.

Enter here:

Terms & Conditions for Papillon’s Facebook competition (run from 10th May – 26th May 2018) to win 2 x 2 tickets to the Scottish Home Show:

1. The promoter is: Papillon. Company name: Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd (company no. SC376012) whose registered office is at Skye Steadings, Kingswells, Aberdeen, AB15 8RN.
2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PapillonLandscaping
6. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
7. Closing date for entry is Wednesday 23rd May 2018. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
Entries must like and comment on the competition post to enter. The winning entrants must be following Papillon Landscaping on Facebook to enter.
9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
11. The prize is as follows:
2 x 2 tickets for The Ideal Home Show 2018, being held from 31st May 2018 – 2nd June 2018 in Glasgow at the SEC. The tickets will be valid for one day only from 31st May 2018 – 2nd June 2018. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
12. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.
13. The winners will be announced on Facebook, within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
14. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.
18. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
19. The winner’s name will be available for 28 days after the closing date by emailing the following address: info@papillonlandscape.co.uk
20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Facebook and Papillon and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found here.

Papillon Launches Garden Parties

Garden parties by Papillon

Papillon to launch Garden Parties at Aberdeen Garden & Outdoors

Papillon is to launch a range of Garden Parties for all at Aberdeen Gardens & Outdoors, which is taking place on 7th April 2018 at Crathes Castle, near Banchory.  As well as launching our Garden Party tutorials, we will be carrying out two live demonstrations at the inaugural event on Hanging Baskets and Maintaining Your Garden - Chemical-free.  We'll have a stall there too and will be selling kits for hanging baskets as well as succulent (plant) chocolate boxes!

 

Garden Parties

Our Garden Parties will offer a range of different garden-themed topics for groups of 5 or more or as private tutorials. Plant Expert, Aarron Long of Papillon, is heading up the project, which will include the following tutorials:

  • Organic Veg Growing
  • Creating Displays and Containers
  • Plant Nursery Basics
  • Beds and Border Design Basics
  • Winter Interest Planting
  • Specimen Planting

The parties are aimed at those with an interest in gardening, who are keen to learn more. 

For more information, please contact us directly. 

Spring preparations to take your garden into Summer

Spring garden blog

What to do in your garden this Spring to prepare for Summer

Papillon Garden Designer, Zuzana Habsudova, talks through Spring tasks that you can start now to prepare your garden for the summer ahead...she talks plants, pots, colours, paint and wildlife in our latest blog:

When the bright whites, blues and yellows start poking through the 50 shades of grey in our gardens, one can feel the heart jump. This cheery moment in spring kicks our brain and we start dreaming of our outdoor spaces transformed into picture perfect.

This is the exciting time for reshuffling the planting borders and refreshing colours on our fences, sheds and furniture. But this is also the time of dreaded chores, as weeds start pushing through, and patios await cleaning and sheds clearing.

If we have no budget for ripping the garden out and starting afresh, we have to make it work within the resources we have. And if Carol Klein or Alan Titchmarch are not our relatives, we just have to stick to our talent and handiness.

Think colour

So, it is the bright hues that seem to uplift our mood, right? Well, let’s start with adding colours to our gardens then. There should be no worries of getting it wrong; it can always be repainted next year.

Think of how interior designers work with choosing a colour for wall and floor and then they match chairs and tables to it. How they use cushions and indoor pots to highlight or contrast with the walls. In the garden we have fences and sheds, offset with planting and furniture.

Blue chair

Use colourful plants in your gloomiest corners

Any enthusiastic gardener is eager to get into the soil right after winter, because they know a good preparation is the key before any planting can take place. But what if you lack just that tiny bit of excitement to start with weeding, digging, feeding and scrubbing?

Let’s rethink the traditional spring clean. Don’t kill that keenness the spring bulbs sparkled in you. Go to a garden centre and pick a few flowers that smile at you. Plant them in your gloomiest corners, or pots. Start enjoying them, as you do, weed around.

Then weed a bit further. Clean that dead foliage left them from winter and prune that overgrown shrub in the way. Split that over-sized perennial and plant its offspring in a pot. If desired, enlarge the borders. Buy that Scottish-proof plant you’ve just admired in the magazine and mix fruit shrubs into ornamental borders. Scatter annual seeds to fill any gaps before plants start touching each other.

Colourful flowers

Paint colour

Now repair that broken fence and give it a new coat. The darker it is, the grander the plants in front of it will appear. And don’t just go for dark brown or grey. Try aubergine, olive, or navy blue. Paint trellises, frames and stick them amongst planting. Fix mirrors on the walls to ricochet the effect.

Then sit down and ponder over the colours of your furniture, while someone comes to clean your paving.

If you like the neutral, rustic looking furniture, add colour with outdoor cushions and carpets that can be left out all summer long. Flowerpots can help to bolt the carpets down, adding waterfalls of spilling greenery.

Purple chair

Combine Colour

With bold colours on your boundaries, shed and furniture, any green tones of planting will work their miracles. Just think of painting your trellis purple and planting lime-green climber (hops) on it. Or behind that forestry of green that you have, paint your wall burgundy colour. Then add reddish-purple blooms to the first image and orange-red spikes to the second.

 

As soil gets warmer, keep adding colour with annual herbs, fruit or veg, so that the taste buds gets satisfied too! The yellow-orange flowers of marigolds and nasturtiums, as well as the blue-stars of borage are not only edible, but also help protect your veg from pests and diseases.

Mix Veg and Fruit with Ornamental Flowers

By mixing your veg and fruit with ornamental flowers you are creating an ornamental kitchen garden that the French call potager. But the flowers can also be the ones produced by your veg. It’s usually the garlic chives that we think of when talking about flowering veg, but remember the white umbels of carrots and yellow/white blooms on brassicas when you forgot to harvest on time?

 

And there’s so much colour in the ordinary veg! Look at the yellow and red stems of chards or green and purple bulbs of kohlerabi. There’s purple kale leaves and lime-green seashell-looking romanesco. Just imagine these poking out through creeping purples and whites of thyme and camomile.

Colourful planters

Encase colour

Trailing and running plants are also ideal for pots. Fill them with dwarf runner beans and trailing strawberries to admire the cascading flowers and later taste their produce. Stick a standard rose for fragrance or red currant for nibbling in the middle of these pots.

Pots again can be unified in colour and work as features in your garden, or they can be muted and let the plants steal the show. In that case you might think of evergreen grasses, which keep their bold hues throughout the year and their colours range from intense blue through chocolaty orange to golden green.

 

Protect wildlife with colour

The more cheery and ecological your garden, the more it attracts wildlife. The bees will happily work on your flowers, leaving you to enjoy your cake in peace. Predators, like birds, will munch on your slimy pests that will not get the chance to taste your cabbages and hostas.

The paint will seal cracks in wooden fences and trellises and preserve them for longer. Re-painted furniture will feel like new and so will the pots and raised beds. You will learn the beauty of up-cycling and you’ll have more time for your garden.

But this doesn’t mean more work in it. Pretty much the opposite. By letting the flower colour creep into your neglected bowling green means you’ve cut down on mowing and feeding. By mixing veg with flowers you let them take care of each other. The wilder you let the colours mingle, the less maintenance there surprisingly is.

 

Colour in all seasons

And when the summer’s planting season is over, the colours will remain in the fences and furniture. The dying, bronzy foliage will contrast with the vibrant walls and pots and we will be excited for the next spring to come!

For more information on garden design and how to protect your garden, please contact Papillon directly.

Happy gardening!

Papillon picks up two Gold Awards at APL Awards

Osborne Place
APL Gold Awards
Kitchen garden Ellon

Papillon picks up two Gold Awards at national APL Awards

Papillon has been awarded two gold Awards at the APL Awards 2018.  The awards were received in two categories for garden design and construction work the firm completed on two North-east gardens in Ellon and Aberdeen.

One of the Gold commendations was received for a town garden project at Osborne Place, Aberdeen under the of Projects valued between £35,000-£65,000 and the other was for an outside kitchen project in Ellon, under the Hard Landscaping category.

Angelique Robb, Director at Papillon, comments: “Although we didn’t win these categories outright, we are thrilled to have received two Gold Awards. The awards are highly regarded in the industry and it is a great boost for the whole team. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to design and construct these gardens. We put a lot of thought and research into our work, so it’s always rewarding to see them come to life. These particular gardens involved intricate design and careful planning to ensure the gardens work for the owners and within the landscape surrounding them too. We feel very proud.”

The UK-wide awards help celebrate and recognise outstanding landscaping work carried out by the Association of Professional Landscapers' members.  This year's ceremony was held at The Brewery, London on Friday 16th March 2018.  The Awards were sponsored by Bradstone. 

What to do with a sloping garden

Sloping garden blog

What to do with a sloping garden...

After years of designing, constructing and excavating sloping gardens, we can conclude that slopes present their own special challenges.  But don’t fret if your garden has a slope; with smart design and good construction these challenges can be overcome.   Here, we talk about how to embrace a sloping garden and make the most from it. 

The benefits of a sloping garden

A natural contour in a garden provides visual interest. This can be exploited by working with the ground’s slope to create distinct areas within the garden. It can, for example, allow for a raised decking area for relaxing and dining, overlooking a lower lawn area where kids can enjoy playing games.

Also, a slope can offer natural vantage points within garden, of both the garden and beyond, and these spots can make perfect sitting areas. 

Where a garden is sloping up from the house, you can show off attractive features within the garden which can be viewed from inside the house. Conversely, where a garden is sloping away from the house, less attractive features, can be hidden out of sight.

Water features are particularly effective in sloping gardens, where the natural gradient provides the chance to create meandering streams, pools and waterfalls. Not only do water features add beauty, they can also help with drainage, an important consideration in designing a sloping garden. 

Steps and bedding
Sloping garden
Sloping garden example

Designing a sloping garden

Start by thinking about what you want from your garden. For instance; a decking or patio area for relaxing and entertaining? A lawn where your kids can enjoy playing games? Or maybe an area to grow vegetables or cut flowers?

Once you know the features you’d like, it is then a case of figuring out how best to use the space to accommodate them. And with sloping gardens smart use of space is key.

It is also important to think about how your garden will be viewed. As mentioned above, depending on the slope, you’ll have the chance to either show off or hide away features, so consider carefully what you want to see, and what you don’t want to see, when looking out on your garden.

 

Naturally sloping dry river bed

 

Important considerations when building a sloping garden

Constructing a sloping garden can be tricky, especially where there is a significant slope. When building levels and terraces within the garden it is important that all retaining walls are soundly constructed. Good drainage is vital, and it is important that weep holes are included in all retaining walls. 

Drops between different levels will be inevitable but aim to minimize them to ensure that your garden is safe. Also, steep steps and paths are potentially hazardous, so think about how best to make your garden accessible and easy for all to move around. One simple solution is to curve steps and paths across a slope to lessen their severity. 

Making sure that your garden is easy to get around will also make maintenance easier. Consider adding ramps between levels, which will be helpful when using a lawn mower and other gardening equipment.

Sloping garden with stone

Soil Erosion & choosing the right plants

Soil erosion is an issue with severe slopes, but this can be tackled by picking suitable plants. Drought-tolerant plants with deep roots are most effective for stabilising steep slopes, so consider ornamental grasses and wildflowers, ground-covering geraniums and a large variety of shrubs and trees.

For good ground cover on slopes, creeping conifers, cotoneaster, lonicera and heathers work well. Ivy and vinca are also commonly used but be aware that they can become invasive.

To help retain moisture, build small horizontal levels into the slope to make watering more effective. In time these small levels will become less visible.

 

Don’t be scared, sloping gardens can be great!

Yes, a sloping garden presents its own unique challenges, but hopefully you can see that with clever design and good construction these challenges can be overcome. In fact, sloping gardens offer up opportunities that you don’t get when working with flat gardens. So, embrace your sloping garden and create something wonderful!

Raised deck and terracing
Sloping garden using stone

For more information on sloping gardens or general garden design, please contact Papillon directly.

How to make a bottle bird feeder

How to make a bottle bird feeder

Looking for something creative to do with the kids this mid-term? 

Why not task them with building a bottle feeder, which is sure to keep not just them happy, but also those colourful garden visitors too.  It's a great way of getting kids outside and getting them involved in nature and it's a fairly inexpensive project for them to do. 
With thanks to Sainsbury's bank blog, we bring you this quick and easy guide on how to do make a bottle bird feeder: 

Bird feeder guide | Papillon garden design

Enjoy mid-term and have fun!

Papillon projects in Aberdeen and Ellon shortlisted in APL Awards 2018

Aberdeen and Ellon gardens shortlisted in national APL Awards 2018

Two Papillon garden design and landscaping projects have been shortlisted in the 2018 Association of Professional Landscapers’ Awards (APL Awards). Recognition has been given in two categories, for garden design and construction work the firm completed on two North-east gardens in Ellon and Aberdeen.

The gardens shortlisted are for Papillon’s outside kitchen project in Ellon, under the category Hard Landscaping and a town garden project in Osborne Place, Aberdeen, which is shortlisted in the category for Projects valued between £35,000 - £65,000.

Outdoor Kitchen, Ellon

Ellon Outdoor Kitchen

Papillon came on board after the client’s already purchased large paving slabs and started laying them out. Despite the square shape of the main patio, the client asked for a curved design with built-in outdoor kitchen.

To achieve this without cutting the existing paving, Papillon used contrasting materials that helped to join the squares into the desired curves.  The two curved walls that wrap up the main patio have the outdoor kitchen built into one, while the other one is raised to a seating height. The contrast in the materials was also used to create undulating paths around the house and circular driveway. Smaller, darker setts helped to fill in the gaps formed by the large, creamy pavers laid in curves. This method resulted in creating a driveway that looks more like an interesting path to the front door, but can also be drive on. 

Osborne Place, Aberdeen

Creating more interest in a town garden.

Papillon extended the house’s modern interior outdoors, spilling out the creamy chocolate colours with contemporary sandstone paving and planting choices into a long and narrow walled garden. The raised stone planters in smooth, sawn finish and with floating benches incorporate a built-in barbeque.

The water feature, a sandstone sphere, sits in the planters surrounded by soft planting and can be lit up in the evenings. A robust, wooden arch opens up the social area to the rest of the garden, where tall Italian cypresses echo the granite spires of Aberdeen’s historical buildings. The mixed modern planting with box spheres also includes the client’s original fruit trees. The garden’s path leads all the way to the garage at the back. This is clad with Scottish larch slats that would grey in time and blend with the surrounding granite walls. 

Osborne Place, Aberdeen

Angelique Robb of Papillon
Angelique Robb, Director at Papillon comments:

“It was great to have the opportunity to design and construct these gardens. They’re both very different, but equally rewarding. The outside kitchen took careful planning, which paid off – it looks really slick, but yet it is practical too and makes for easy for outdoor living.

The project at Osborne Place was fun too: the garden was long and thin, so it needed more interest and features to cosy it up and make it feel wider and continue the modern theme of the home into the garden. There were some super features added for interest, including a sandstone sphere and a water feature, as well as a large social area, where large cypresses echo the granite spires of Aberdeen’s skyline.

I feel very proud of the work our team has done on these projects and I’m delighted that they’ve been recognised by APL.”

 

The UK-wide awards help celebrate and recognise outstanding landscaping work carried out by the association’s members. Winners of the awards will be announced at The annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 16 March 2018 at The Brewery, London. The event is sponsored by Bradstone.

For more information on the APL Awards 2018, click here

 

To find out more about Papillon's garden design and construction work, please contact us directly.