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Wiltshire, the Cotswolds and London
A garden design consultant, offering a specialist planting service plus product and plant sourcing. Claudia is also a stylist and writer with a regular column on Houzz.
Interests: all forms of design for home and garden, water gardens, sourcing products
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Follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/claudiadeyongdesigns/ to see my work, travel pics and favourite things Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at My Blog
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"Nothing lifts the soul more after a dreary winter than the first glimpse of blossom on the trees, like candyfloss clinging to the bare stems – nature’s own confetti. And there are so many trees to choose from that will provide blooms for spring. For some, the beauty lies in... Continue reading
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Last week was the 12th anniversary of the ‘Garden Press Event’, bringing together exhibitors of garden products from all over the UK and Europe to showcase their new and innovative products. Below are a few of the items that caught my eye this year. GREENFINGERS The ‘Garden Press Event’ raises... Continue reading
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February can be a cold and damp month which doesn’t exactly make us want to rush outside and start working on the garden. However, Spring is definitely in the air and many roadside verges, parks and gardens are already carpeted with white snowdrops and bright yellow daffodils, not to mention... Continue reading
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My latest project in the historic town of Petworth in West Sussex has had a couple of weeks to settle and I revisited it to take a few shots in the Autumn sunshine. The Claudia de Yong Designs team worked hard over several months to affect a complete transformation of... Continue reading
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We've been awarded today a 'Best of Houzz 2015', in the design category. Claudia de Yong Designs work was voted "the most popular in 2014 among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Read more at Claudia de Yong Designs profile on Houzz and see... Continue reading
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Today saw the 10th Anniversary of the Garden Press Event, supporting over 100 key companies showcasing new products and latest plant introductions, for the coming season to the gardening press and media... Every year, I always look forward to this show, not only to meeting fellow journalists (and to discussing... Continue reading
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If you'd like to know more about Claudia de Yong Designs, have a look at an article published in HTA news (the 'magazine for the garden industry') published by the Horticulture Trade Association in the UK. Click the link below and flip through to page 19. If you'd like to... Continue reading
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One of the best ways to encourage wildlife into your garden is to build a pond – which is exactly what we did for our clients in West Sussex. They are a professional couple who had recently moved into a new house with a very long back garden and large... Continue reading
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Apart from a beautiful setting in the Malvern Hills, I always look forward to visiting the Spring Show at The Three Counties Showground in Malvern (hosted in association with the RHS). This year the show has been retitled the 'Spring Festival', with a new look to the layout. Not only... Continue reading
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After some back breaking work by the team, we have now completed the garden of the new-build house in Sussex. I'm looking forward to coming back in a few weeks to check the planting and see how the garden settles down. When the oak ages to a soft grey it... Continue reading
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Above: Top dressing with compost on flower beds The team have been working hard over the last couple of months. One of several jobs we are currently working on in Sussex is the garden of a new-build house in a brand new development where the garden had just been left... Continue reading
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Kate Southgate of Notcutts has just interviewed me about garden design and I thought I'd share some of it here. Thank you Kate! "Claudia de Yong is an exciting and accomplished garden designer with many awards to her name including eight medals from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Along... Continue reading
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The Garden Press Event 2014, at The Barbican Exhibition centre in London, brings together leading manufacturers who take the opportunity to launch, to the press, new products for the coming season. The Greenfingers charity started by Richard Jackson, is closely associated with the event which will have it’s tenth birthday... Continue reading
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Above: 'Base Camp', otherwise known as the office where all my paper work gets done, in the early morning Sussex frost. They say "variety is the spice of life" and there is nothing more true about being a garden designer and landscaper rolled into one. Apart from my deep love... Continue reading
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Above: This is me wading into the murky water to check depth, base and general condition before work can begin (while I'm generally very happy working with water, this was not my favourite moment!) Over the last few years, we've been very fortunate to have designed and built a variety... Continue reading
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We recently completed the design and build of a wildlife pond for clients in Esher near Sandown (above), in an under-used area of their garden that lacked inspiration (below). Looking at the area, we decided on complementing the shape of the space with a pleasing, curved pond which would be... Continue reading
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Toronto city parks, photo: urbantoronto.ca We have just enjoyed our best summer for years in the UK and, as ever, we were not prepared for the continuous sunshine – half expecting the weather to break after a couple of days. As a result, with people filling every inch of grass... Continue reading
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Have you checked out our Facebook Page recently? As well as posting daily on gardening news, views and photos, each Saturday we are also posting links to blogs with (relatively) easy – and stylish – garden projects you can make over a weekend. In August, we posted How to make... Continue reading
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I recently re-visted a garden where last year we were asked to give the owners of a lovely period house in West Sussex somewhere they could relax and sit outside – near one of the rear doors – and to create "something" on a blank bit of lawn to the... Continue reading
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Espalier is the venerable practice of controlling plant growth and training fruit trees so that they grow flat against a wall or fence (other styles can be referred to as fans, cordons or pleach.) The term espalier was originally the name for the supporting trellis, although it now refers to... Continue reading
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Claudia de Yong choosing shrubs for a client. Photo by Mick Toon. An often overlooked benefit of using a garden designer is the 'personal shopping' aspect... Before we begin physically working on a client's garden, a lot of work needs to be done first. Once the designs for a client... Continue reading
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A landscaped pond takes advantage of a natural dip in the ground. Photo courtesy Liz Elcoate on Pinterest. Continuing our short series: Introducing a water 'feature' into your landscape garden design is an ideal way to take advantage of any natural depression you may have in your garden and could... Continue reading
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Country Living Magazine recycles an old dresser draw to make this outdoor drinks cabinet. Photo: Burcu Avsar. A long spell of hot weather means we naturally live more outdoors, and much of the UK is experiencing the best summer we've had since 2006. So if you're entertaining in the garden... Continue reading
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Claudia de Yong on the Landscape Live demonstration stand as Phil Tremayne prepares to give a demonstration on tree planting. It was another baking hot day at the Hampton Court Flower Show on Sunday (in some places much higher than the predicted 30 degrees). It was my turn to help... Continue reading