June 001

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

With RHS Chatsworth now behind us the show season is in full swing. If you missed the show then I am happy to report I won The Peoples Choice for Best Installation at the Show. I made a large scale pavilion and garden which metaphorically spoke about time. The building was over 4m tall and 8m long in two directions.  Inside we used porcelain paving and traditional paving from the Bradstone ranges to show stylish options but also how design and technology really are offering some amazing solutions to gardeners today.

The shows roll on, so if you are looking for real inspiration for planting ideas and seeing some paving in gardens to get a feel for what might work for you then RHS Hampton is just around the corner and RHS Tatton takes place at the end of July.  

For me with RHS Shows I am just left to mentor the Young Designer of the Year competition at RHS Tatton and to Chair some garden judging there which is both hugely exciting to see what the Young Designers create and a privilege to apply the RHS Criteria to a range of exciting gardens.

Before that I will be in Russia for an International Flower Show making a garden based on the classical Greek play Prometheus Bound, the play is set in the Caucuses and sees Prometheus bound to a rock waiting for Zeus to destroy him for giving humanity the git of fire.  The garden will be more a landscape using plants easily identifiable as mediterranean and well suited to putting up with long hot seasonal weather.  

July and August can be very hot and dry, the long range forecast this year products a long dry summer so these often highly scented woody plants are ideally suited to gardens which may suffer a hosepipe ban.  Lavenders, Rosemarys, Hyssop and Myrtle all do well on sharp drainage and can look good for many months.  The foliage is also idea as flavoring for BBQ’s and mainly summer dishes and cocktails so its worth seeking one of two out to add to your garden and culinary repertoire.

Gardening wise June, July and August as possible the laziest months, this where all of our hard planning should come to bear fruit.  Luscious planted borders and well planned terraces should give us a place to relax, switch off and enjoy.  You may have to spend one or two evenings watering planted containers but a good mulch earlier in the year will have helped the soil retain water and reduce weeding now!  If you haven’t mulched, either do it very quickly or plan it in net year.  I was not a believer until I compared a new part of my garden to a friends who had applied a deep mulch and the results on weed and plant growth spoke for themselves.

Whatever you are doing in the garden don’t forget to use the #Bradstone on Twitter & Instagram to share your highs and lows with us over the next few weeks!

Meet the author

Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul had his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencers.