A Haven in the NW Highlands

Our most recent garden design and build in Torridon in the NW Scottish Highlands has just been completed!  The garden includes a raised herb garden, a native hedge and trees, ornamental shrub and perennial border, slate and granite terrace, a series of pergola’s for climbing roses and honeysuckle and a small vegetable garden, complete with a Hartley Botanic greenhouse.

All planting has been carefully selected to include a natural windbreak of hornbeam, hawthorn, crab apple, willow and dog-rose. Native trees of downy birch, hawthorn and rowan, two hardy apples and a plum tree. A basket of culinary and medicinal herbs within the raised timber planters are already beginning to flower, the scent of the herbs is wonderful.

Set within the rugged and wild grandeur of the Torridon mountains, this beautiful little garden is set to mature and offers a refuge and oasis amidst an extremely challenging environment.

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Oriental inspired garden in Tain

Geo Designs were asked by our clients to design and build a new front garden in Tain, Ross-shire with an “Oriental Theme”.  It was important to keep maintenance down to a minimum by creating an outdoor space that was both visually appealing and functional. The garden incorporates a sense of journey, through rocky outcrops and drifts of ornamental grasses.  Japanese Acers, ornamental cherries and azaleas have been included for spring and autumn colour whilst a native flowering hedge has been planted for wildlife and additional privacy.  A “Torii”gate symbolises an area of spiritual transition to a stone broch and bench to take advantage of the beautiful views.  A  water feature comprising a granite stone quern with a traditional Japanese style bamboo water spout “Kakei” provides a peaceful, calming environment.  Black limestone paving and setts is used for the hard surfacing and sandstone for the retaining walls.  Looking forward to seeing the garden mature to complete the vision.

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Welcome to our new website

After many years of faithful service, we thought it was finally time to retire the old site and replace it with a slicker, more advanced website. So what’s new? We’ve refreshed the content and tied it all in with our social media activity, as well as introducing a fresher and more dynamic look.  Our thanks to Glauco Di Lieto of Web Right Now for all his hard work, endless patience and professionalism. www.webrightnow.co.uk

Geo Designs sets up new plant nursery

Hundreds of young plug plants have been potted up ahead of the new gardening season.  Plants have been selected for their hardiness to survive in the Highlands and will be incorporated into planting schemes throughout Scotland.

Potting up the young plants in Strathconon in the Highlands of Scotland

Contemporary front garden

Geo Designs commissioned by a local architect to design a contemporary front garden in Dingwall.  The design features a low maintenance planting scheme with galvanised planters of buxus and lavender, specimen Japanese maples and a mature multi-stem silver birch.

Geo Designs charity cycle

Our head designer Ernest George completes a charity cycle from Calais to Biarritz over eight days to raise monies for the Renal Unit in Inverness. Thank you to all our customers, friends and colleagues who donated so generously.  We raised over £2000 towards the cost of a new mobile dialysis unit. www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk

Calais to Biarritz

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Geo Designs creates a bespoke stand for GardenGirl AB Sweden who specialise in garden clothing for women.  The horticultural feature included bespoke planters with flowering lavender and inset trellis with scented climbing roses and a mulch of dried rose petals.  Geo Designs was awarded a RHS Certificate of Commendation for the high quality and presentation of the exhibit.

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Highland wildlife garden

We were selected to design a country garden on the Black Isle to blend with the natural environment and as a haven for wildlife.  The garden features native tree planting, an orchard, wildflower borders and a vegetable patch.

“Geo Designs designed, planted and maintain our garden.  They started with a very neglected space and created the easy and natural environment it now is.  We asked for a design to blend into the rural area in which we live and they have accomplished that beautifully.  The planning, care and after-care are superb.  We love it.”

Residential Garden, Alcaig, Black Isle.

Drummondreach Landscape Design

Lands End to John O’Groats Charity Cycle

Ernest George takes time off from the drawing board and teams up with his brother to cycle the length of the country for the charity Help for Heroes.  He then cycles from Lands End to Twickenham with team Lexus on the Great British Bike Ride raising further monies for the charity.

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Ross-shire Journal newspaper feature – 2

A “Design your own Garden” series by garden designer Ernest George.

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