We work with local independent nurseries as they have a huge amount of specialist plant knowledge and supply a much wider range of plants than those you will find in the garden centre. Wherever possible we supply plants propagated and grown here in Scotland, which is not only a very good thing for the environment but also gives our clients healthy, hardy plants.
Gardens are brought to life by birds, butterflies, bees, damsel flies, hedgehogs and many others. We like to incorporate plants which offer sources of food for wildlife throughout the year, and also design to provide shelter and a range of habitats to increase biodiversity. In particular, we follow guidance from Bumblebee Conservation Trust on which flowering plants will best sustain our essential and diminishing bumblebee population. If you would like to incorporate a wildflower meadow, wildlife pond, bog garden, berries for the birds or plants to attract butterflies and bees Ivy Maud Design can help – no matter how big or small your garden.
To identify garden wildlife and get involved in some ‘citizen science’ try Ispotnature.org.
This is a big subject and you can find out more from the links below and from the Garden Organic website. We are keen to design gardens which take into account a wide range of sustainable living issues, from water use and composting to drying your laundry and growing food. All compost we use on site is peat free and where possible we use locally sourced mushroom compost or green waste soil improver. We can advise clients on organic gardening techniques.
We are members of the Centre for Alternative Technology, The Royal Horticultural Society and A Rocha UK.