Garden design business takes root

Greg Stevens

Phil Gilbride in a person of his plant nurseries at his Killeshandra Yard Centre.

Killeshandra Back garden Design is the new company venture by horticultural pro Phil Gilbride.

Whilst only in its infancy the layout and landscaping organization primarily based at Killeshandra Garden Centre is by now blossoming as a result of word of mouth from content customers.

Phil delivers a wealth of horticultural expertise and expertise to the artwork of back garden style and design. With his very own plant nursery and garden centre he has a price tag-effective offer of trees, shrubs, bulbs and products. He has also just finished a article grad diploma in backyard garden design at UCD.

Phil has a group of devoted whole time and component time team to guarantee the backyard garden challenge is concluded to his exacting expectations, whilst remaining inexpensive.

A fantastic listener, Phil is eager to initially learn what clients want from their garden and tease out any choices they have.

“We have a quantity of conferences where by we go as a result of a few of phases of scheduling till we settle on a ultimate working prepare. Then we go in and do the work,” claims Phil.

Undertaking supervisor Phil employs a building specialist to undertake structural functions, this kind of as patios or building retaining partitions. He’s keen for homeowners to maximise the use of their backyard garden and outside spaces, by having them both as attractive and practical as possible.

“My design and style is contemporary with lots of cottage design planting. So I like neat contemporary clean finishes with masses of planting – I consider that will work. I’m always pushing to get in trees. Trees are generally in vogue. Clearly I’ll adapt to what ever the clients design and wishes are. At the conclusion of the day it is the client’s backyard, not mine!

His strategy ensures customer satisfaction with the finished garden is long lasting.

“The thought in planning a garden is you program for 5 decades and 15 years. What is it likely to search like in 5 years’ time? What’s it heading to appear like in 15 years’ time?”

* www.killeshandragardencentre.ie

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Why hassle useless heading petunias?

“Petunias are the ideal-promoting summertime plant mainly because they flower profusely,” claims Phil Gilbride of Killeshandra Garden Centre. He has thousands upon countless numbers of petunias, sitting down together with lobelias and calibrachoa, experiencing the raise offered by his polytunnels.

“The concept with an annual is, they do not arrive back again year right after 12 months, so it places all of its strength into bouquets for 1 calendar year – it has really tiny rootstock.

“Petunias will final for a handful of months, but if you useless head petunias they will past you until Oct. You have to clip them less than the cup at the foundation of the flower. This indicates you are getting rid of the seed. If you permit the plant make far too considerably seed, it thinks its occupation is done and will stop generating bouquets. While if you deprive it of seed, it will hold developing flowers. So by dead heading, when you are eliminating the useless bouquets, the primary purpose is to get rid of the seeds beneath so that it keeps manufacturing bouquets.”

If you are a fingers-off sort of gardener, maybe consider planting up diascia.

“It has only just started flowering and it will flower for months,” says Phil of this frothy magnificence.

“The good thing about it is there is no dead heading, and almost nothing attacks it either.”

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