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

Wednesday May 18 , 2022

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 ornamental grasses

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: 4485 0 Comments
0

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

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

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.