We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Sunday February 23 , 2020

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in sound in the garden

Garden Design Quick Tip: Sound

Posted by on in Garden Design
WaterSound can often take a back seat in gardens as most people tend to favour elements for our other senses.  Do you know what sounds are in your garden?  There will no doubt be bird song but can you hear any others?   Sit out one day for 10 or 15 minutes and make a note of all the different sounds you can hear.   Are the sounds in your garden satisfactory?  Are there any you want to disguise like a train or traffic in the distance?  Are there any you want to hear more? Once you have the answers to those questions you can begin to alter the sounds to fit your personal needs.
There are four main ways to incorporate sound: surfaces in the garden, wildlife, water and plants.  The use of different surfaces can create sounds that suit a particular area in your garden for example, gravel has a distinctive crunch, bark is soft and quiet and paving will have a low impact thud all of which will let garden creatures know you’re approaching!   Increasing the sound of wildlife in the garden can be achieved by attracting more birds through using specific plants and installing a feeding station.  Choosing plants that attract pollinating insects such as bees will increase the soft hum they create whilst busy at work.  Frogs and toads create sounds by not only their croaking but also by plopping into water!
Water is a well known element for creating sounds in a garden but be sure of the kind of effect you would like.  If you want to have a relaxing ambience you’ll be leaning towards a soft trickle or if you would like a refreshing and stimulating atmosphere then perhaps a rhythmic cascade of a series of waterfalls.   Apart from attracting wildlife other plants like ornamental grasses will create rustling sounds when the wind pours through their leaves.  Plants react differently to wind in different seasons; in the autumn for instance seed heads filled with seeds rattle as well as leaves swirling and rustling on a blustery day.
Three great plants that can be used to create sound in the garden are: 
  1. Bamboo particularly the Phyllostachys varieties e.g. Phyllostachys nigra has foliage that rustles in the wind but on a blustery day the canes knock together producing a hollow sound.
  2. Nigella damascena also known as Love-in-a-mist with its blue flowers is quite popular in traditional cottage gardens, likes a well drained and sunny border, on a windy day its seed heads rattle.

  3. Briza maxima known also as greater quaking grass stands around 60cm in height is an annual ornamental grass preferring full sun, will self seed around the garden and has nodding flowers that rustle in the wind.
Hits: 3397 0 Comments

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

spring bulbs pollinating insects Horticulturalist Cloches heatwave Floating Paradise Gardens of London Garden Planning Tom Hart-Dyke Jekka McVicar June garden form Trees Glasshouse reclaimed materials Crocus sound in the garden RHS Hampton Court Berginia Horticultural February garden ha ha Lawrence Johnston garden room sorbus paving stonemarket winter garden poppies topiary Birmingham Library Chelsea Physic Garden Kensington Roof Garden RHS Laurel Herb garden CorTen sunflowers RHS Malvern cyclamen December garden watering bulbs bulb display Stoneleigh Gardeners World Coastal plants kitchen garden Horticulture Spring shrubs garden design tip kerb-side appeal February edible garden show water conservation October garden HNC structure Cut flowers Carol Klein November garden Joe Swift pond RHS Tatton Park September garden repetition Euphorbia Rachel de Thame Briza maxima alpines Matt James John Massey May garden green spaces Mrs Loudon roof garden Hosta summer garden basil Prince Harry scented shrubs Phyllostachys nigra Alys Fowler spring garden hard landscaping unity birch Bamboo Wildflowers Capability Brown Malvern Spring Show Taxus HTA wildlife grow your own garden Berberis timber Malvern Hills Shrubs elm Narcissus herbaceous borders Hidcote Selfridges Roof Garden Cambridge botanical garden house plants gardening on tv rococo Monty Don recycled materials plants sweat peas Wisley plant pots watering can Blue Daisy contemporary Highgrove Chris Beardshaw cottage gardens Acuba RHS Chelsea movement in the garden women and work award saving water autumn garden acer patio Fleece Achillea Urban Heat Island Decking Kew Gardens National Trust doddington hall composting gravel Great British Garden Revival surfaces twitter Ashwood Nurseries Events & Shows colour in your garden National Gardening Week Toby Buckland legacy gift Moss Bank Park Ilex ornamental grasses blue garden design trends courtyard hydroponic CorTen steel front garden Echinacea bees rainwater harvesting BBC water butt Seed sowing Daffodils Geranium January garden Herb pollinators productive garden rosemary Joanna Lumley ash April garden cottage garden James Wong planning your garden Cosmos astrosanguineus rock gardens Greenhouse Chelsea Flower Show Alan Titchmarsh Buxus terracota Joseph Banks wild flowers Levens Hall show gardens NSALG career in horticulture Absorb pollution Winter shrubs garden focal points Futurescape Kelmarsh Hall build pests garden advice at home Sophie Raworth roof gardens July garden water feature GYO lawn care grey water Stone Lane Gardens Nicki Jackson August garden traditional style vertical garden Charlie Dimmock drought eco-friendly Lantra Perennial herbs New York Highline winner London garden design March garden water Snowdrops Urban Heat Island Effect deer snow hosepipe

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog

Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.