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Dr James Hitchmoughs Garden

Dr James Hitchmough’s Garden in Sheffield is a perfect example of layering with a wide range of perennials in all shapes and sizes. This beautiful and inspirational garden is a living example of his experience, knowledge and love of plants.


Season:
Summer


Credits:
GAP Photos/Richard Bloom - Owner & Design: Dr James Hitchmough


Feature No:   4326 

Qty of Images:    75 

 



 
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Synopsis
Being an academic horticulturalist specialising in ecological, social and cultural issues is unusual enough but what make James Hitchmough even more unique is his interest and passion for the aesthetics and practicality of planting design. Dr Hitchmough is Professor of Horticulture Ecology and Landscape design at Sheffield University and his aim is to promote the use of plants and planting design particularly in urban spaces. James Hitchmough travels around the globe, but particularly in South Africa and China, as these areas are some of the richest in natural and semi-natural herbaceous vegetation. What he finds most fascinating about this vegetation is how resilient and long lived they are and how successfully they support and promote bio-diversity. His aim being to recreate similar conditions and plantings in green spaces within cities. His key advice to designers is to plant in layers and pay attention to the space between the plants. As one of the main reasons for loss of plants is competition for light. In his own garden in Sheffield he has experimented with an early spring layer of native primroses under a second layer of summer to autumn flowering perennials. By layering you can extend the season of interest and keep the weeds down at the same time. Another advantage of layering is that you increase the number of varieties and quantity of plants which supports a wider range of insects in your garden. His garden in Sheffield is a perfect example of layering with a wide range of perennials in all shapes and sizes. A riot of colour and textures this garden is a veritable visual feast that leads from his brown stone town house down the narrow garden. This beautiful and inspirational garden is a living example of his experience, knowledge and love of plants.

 

 

 
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