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

Friday June 05 , 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 water

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: 3572 0 Comments

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

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

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.