Planting Consultation Service in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex

A planting consultation was something we had been offering on and off as an add on to garden design or casually to a garden maintenance client since the business started in 2010. Over the past 5-6 months however, we’ve found that often customers and garden design clients love to buy plants or love the idea of buying plants but still have that mental block of where they should plant them, if they would be the right size or even if they would survive in certain scenarios. We realised very quickly that a service that would talk you through what you have in your would be invaluable, and a lot more cost effective than trial and error through buying plants, planting them and finding out the hard way!

Our Plant consultation service will be a 1-2 hour meeting (charged by the hour) where Ben (a trained horticulturalist) will walk around your property with you, identifying plants, answering any questions you might have regarding plants and trees and give you advice on how you can make the best use of what you have.

We have contacts with nurseries that stock just about every type of plant, shrub or tree so for many of our plant consultation clients we often go on to buy the plants at the most affordable prices and plant them on our return.

To make this an even better service we can also provide a long term plant maintenance schedule that will save you money and serve as a reference for you whenever you need it. There really is no need to feel daunted by your plants as many people do, and a quick meeting with Ben will put you right at ease. Call now to book a meeting with Ben Lannoy Landscapes for your plant consultation.

Please note, we do cover areas other than Hampshire, surrey and west sussex but petrol charges will be higher the further away we need to travel.

We look forward to making you and your garden more acquainted!

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Garden Design Hampshire – A parterre garden to add formality

We were asked to come up with a garden design in Hampshire which included adding a parterre garden to allow for a formal element to an otherwise natural and mature landscape. The most commonly used shrubs for parterre gardens is box (or buxus sempervirens) and this was my choice for this one too. I wanted to allow enough space for perennials and bulbs to grow in the centre of the shapes I was to come up with and as the existing shape was a circular gravel area I decided on four segments, a little bit like trivial pursuits pieces!

We started off with marking out the area and dug the trenches for the bare root plants to go in. We and the clients wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t take years for the box hedging to have an impact so we went with 80-100cm high plants. These would have been twice the price if bought pot grown so if you’re planning on doing some planting like this I would definitely buy the bare root plants. We also added some box cones to give extra height and evergreen structure to the middle of the shapes.

We now have a plant shop which we deliver to within a 20 mile radius of Liphook in hampshire for free that I’m slowly uploading our range to, but if you have any particular requirements do get in touch. Trade enquiries are very welcome too!

Box pyramid (buxus sempervirens)

Box is a dense evergreen shrub with dark green glossy leaves. It will tolerate sunny and shady sites and dry and moist soils. It is fully hardy and can be clipped to a striking form. Box is perfect for bringing structure to any garden design in both sculptural form and evergreen foliage through all seasons. An excellent plant creating the backbone for your garden and covering many bases, just make sure to water in well on planting it to help to establish.

Box pyramids are great addition for either side of entrances, dotted amongst beds to bring structural height and in formal topiary gardens.

If you’re planting into a pot or container you’ll need to be more vigilant about feeding. Feed with a general purpose fertiliser once a month from April-July and water when dry.

If browning or yellowing of the leaves occurs on ground or pot planted plants, this is probably due to a lack of potassium. A regular feed with Vitax Q4 through the spring/summer should green up the foliage very nicely.

You can trim your box little and often through the spring and summer but never on dry days as this will scorch leaves and cause dieback. As a general rule all topiary should be trimmed once in June and then again in October to shape it and to allow it to slow its growth down before the cold weather.

(Please note all heights are excluding pot)

Garden maintenance Services, Rose Care and The Leaf Clearance Begins!

Garden maintenance leaf clearance


The autumn months of September and October are when plants like roses perform at their peak and although the grass slows down, garden maintenance tasks such as leaf clearance are becoming more and more prevolent. After faithfully following proper rose procedures up to this point, now, at last,  you should begin to reap the rewards of full, vibrant, glorious blooms.

Your work isn’t quite done yet, however. Although autumn is the best growing time, it’s also the time you must prepare your rose bushes for winter coming onslaught.

Producing those beautiful blooms you are so proud of is hard work — for your rose bushes, too. They need a lot of water to fuel the flowering process. Continue to water them deeply, as often as needed to maintain growth. Watering daily is okay if you are showing them off, just be careful and observe closely so that you do not over-do the watering process. You want beautiful blooms, not drowned roots.

Continue using water-soluble compost through the end of September. Consider a commercial bloom-boosting fertilizer. The large number in the middle of the formulation is your cue — nitrogen, phosphorus, potasium (potash).

Black spot and mildew are dangerous because conditions for their growth are ideal, so keep up with a vigorous spraying program through the end of October. Stop all fertilizing by the end of October, to let your roses begin the hibernation process.

You can continue to cut rose bouquets through October without causing any harm to the bushes. To encourage rose hips to form, just remove the petals of the dead roses.

Autumn just happens to be the right time to start planning next year’s garden. Order new flower catalogues for your research during the dark and dreary months of winter. This is my favorite part, all fun and no work! To get your best selections possible, place your new roses order early because like fruit and vegetable seeds, they can be snapped up pretty early. Try to stay as local as possible when buying roses to eliminate the environmental footprint aswell as reduce stress on your plant.

Autumn is a month where leaves will fall, winds will prevail and pest and disease will start finding places to hide. Keep on top of your leaf clearance in beds and on the lawn and this will leave you in good stead come the spring.

At Ben Lannoy Landscapes we have the most powerful leaf blowers and efficient tools for lawn care and leaf collection so if you don’t have the time or the inclination why not just give us a call to do it for you quickly and very cost effectively. You can contact us or read more about our garden maintenance service throughout surrey, hampshire and west sussex on our blog page here. Garden Maintenance – End of Season Tidy Up