Biossun patio covers – as seen on TV

Look out for our latest Biossun promotional video that is currently being show on STV.  Don’t worry if you missed it, you can view it below!

The Biossun offers flexibility for outdoor living. It comes with an innovative patio cover design that includes adjustable louvres, electronic blinds, glass panels and LED lighting.

The future of outdoor living!

Available from Papillon. Visit our Biossun page for more information or contact us directly.

How to prevent frost damage in your garden this autumn

How to prevent frost damage in the garden

How to prevent frost damage in your garden…

‘Jack Frost’ is on his way and so those luscious greens and precious plants are under threat in our gardens. With the first early frosts expected in October, now is the time to work in our gardens to prevent frost damage and make the most of autumn.

Papillon Plant Specialist, Aarron Long, has put together some tips to help you care for your garden this autumn…

1. Lift and store non-hardy plants

Make sure all non-hardy plants, such as Dahlias are lifted and stored over winter in a dark, dry, frost free cold environment like a garage or a shed.

 

2. Protect Olives and Vines

Plants such as olives and vines need frosts to set the fruit for next year but will die at temperatures lower than -5 degrees centigrade. These plants can be left outside but need light protection such as horticultural fleece. Bringing them into an unheated greenhouse is ideal.

 

3. Plant bulbs, shrubs and trees now for spring/summer

Bulb planting is best done in autumn for spring and summer displays.

The bare root season is about to start, so shrub and tree planting will be more cost effective and will yield better results when done at this time of year.

 

4. Harvest fruit and veg before the first frost.

Harvest all your fruit and veg before the first frost.

 

5. Feed the roots, not the plant.

At this time of year, the foliage on plants stops growing, but the roots carry on. So, be sure to feed new planting with ‘root food’. Bonemeal is the best feed for autumn. Try to avoid feeding plants with multipurpose plant food, as you’ll encourage new leaf growth that’s susceptible to winter frosts.

 

6. Use mulch for protection

Mulching in autumn is a great way to protect new planting from surface root damage from winter frosts. Bark chips, leaves, compost, hay or even manure are the best mulches you can use.

 

7. Mow your lawn

Change the settings to a notch higher than summer months to help protect your lawn from frosts. Keep mowing once per month until November. You can even do a ‘tidy up’ mow in winter if there’s no lying snow.

 

8. Plant out winter bedding in beds, baskets and pots

Primulas, Early Wallflowers, Cyclamen, Bellis and even Ivy are great winter bedding plants. You can also use plants with winter berries such as Gaultheria or winter stems such as Dogwoods.

 

9. Dig over new beds

Dig over new beds, adding lots of compost. Follow in the tracks of farmers and turn over your new growing areas in autumn. You don’t get as many new weeds till the spring and the frosts will further break up your soil nicely for winter, creating a fine tilth.

 

10. Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs

Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs and let them root in a warm place over winter. Make sure you use this year’s growth for cuttings as that is the most viable material.

 

Lastly, it’s not only your plants and flowers that you need to consider as temperatures drop. Many people wait until Spring to varnish and paint outdoor wood, but the damage may already have been done. If you have time now, varnish/paint your outdoor wood to protect it from the harsher weather. Remember also to clear all leaves off your paths before they rot and stain.

Following these tips will help prevent frost damage and make life easier for the green-fingered come Spring.

Enjoy!

Watching your garden change over the seasons is worth appreciating. Every day brings a different twist and the autumn colours are beautiful to watch. Enjoy the last of this seasons’ flowers and the turning of leaves before the frost takes them away for another year…. make the most of it!

Enjoy!

Watching your garden change over the seasons is worth appreciating. Every day brings a different twist and the autumn colours are beautiful to watch. Enjoy the last of this seasons’ flowers and the turning of leaves before the frost takes them away for another year…. make the most of it!

Autumn colours

Papillon celebrates 10 strong years

Papillon celebrates 10 strong years

Papillon celebrates 10 strong years

This year, Papillon celebrates its 10th Year in business!  It’s been quite a journey with many, many highs and lows along the way.  Here, we look back at the Papillon story to reflect on the last 10 years…

 

From Drilling Engineer to Garden Designer

Papillon was set up by founding Director, Angelique Robb. Angelique’s interest in garden design started as a hobby, working around her day job. She worked as a Drilling Engineer in Louisiana and then Texas, before moving to Aberdeen in 1999, where she worked for various companies in the Oil & Gas industry.

In 2007, Angelique decided to take garden design more seriously when she embarked on a Diploma in Garden Design. The course confirmed garden design as her calling and in 2008, a month before her first child was born, Papillon Designs & Landscaping was born - the first garden transformation started two weeks prior to the birth of her first child. The firm has grown significantly over the years, currently employing eight members of staff. In this time, Papillon has designed over 520 gardens.

 

The ethos

Papillon’s ethos is ‘deep-rooted’ – we aim to encourage people to enjoy their gardens through clever design and architecture. “Design to fit with lifestyle” is a big part of the process, as well as educating homeowners on planting, to work with the garden surroundings and soils.

Angelique has gained great satisfaction from her garden design work. She comments: “I feel very grateful to be doing a job that I love and although I enjoyed the work I did in oil & gas, I never found it as rewarding as garden design. Seeing clients’ faces light up on completion of a project means everything to me. It’s also great to help people enjoy their gardens more and make better use of their outdoor space. There’s so much that goes into garden design; the process starts with careful analysis and design, which we try to fit with the environment and the lifestyle of the homeowners. We then realise the designs through the construction phase before planting and finalising the softer landscaping side ahead of completion. We’ve had so many thank you cards and email gratifications from clients - it is truly rewarding.”

 

Innovation

Papillon keeps on top of current trends and innovation through various mediums.  Many of the gardens we’ve constructed have included novel features and many have used innovative materials to add different dimensions.  We’ve designed unique pieces of furniture and shields for gardens to combat wind and different ailments and we are proud to have introduced the North-east to many new concepts in garden design.

In 2016, Papillon became the sole Scottish distributor of the Biossun pergola – a French-built weatherproof patio-cover frame with adjustable slats to direct sunlight, electronic blinds and LED lighting.  The contemporary unit adds, not just style to any garden, but a sitting area to prolong outdoor living come autumn/winter.

 

Environmental stance

We love outdoor space and we love our environment.  Where possible, we add eco-friendly twists to our garden designs to help the planet.  We recycle and upcycle where we can and we try to help others to do the same by educating and advising on environmentally-friendly materials, processes and techniques.

 

Accreditation

We run a professional business and are proud to have fully qualified and experienced staff, as well as robust management systems in place.  We are members of the Federation of Small Businesses and are also the only firm in the North-east to accredited by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).

Accolades along the way

We’ve felt truly honoured to have won many awards along the way.  This year, Papillon was recognised by the APL, when it won two gold awards for garden designs in Aberdeen and Ellon, at its national awards ceremony in London. Earlier this month, Papillon was also successful in the North East Trades Awards, winning the Garden Design and Construction category.


Our eternal thanks….

We, quite frankly, wouldn’t be here without the backing from our clients, past and present, and our friends, family and supporters.  Thank you so much for all of your support…Here’s to the next 10 years!

 

Special offer to celebrate

As part of our celebrations, we are offering 10% OFF all Muztag outdoor fires.  This offer is valid until 30th November 2018.  For more information, please contact us directly.

 

Thank you from team Papillon!

Papillon's founder, Angelique Robb

How to water your garden using as little water as possible

How to water your garden using as little

How to water your garden using as little water as possible

This summer has been one of the hottest recorded and as a result, water stocks are low, with some counties introducing a hosepipe ban. In Scotland, we’re lucky to have avoided these restrictions so far, but that is no excuse for not preserving water and being vigilant of our usage.

We all have a role to play in saving water and when it comes to watering your garden using as little water as possible, you may be surprised at what can be done.

 

Why bother saving water?

Water is a natural resource that we need to live. Saving on water usage helps to save our planet by preserving water for future years, but also it saves on the energy that is used to process it, which reduces pollution.

Top 10 Tips for watering your garden in a drought:

1. Only water the areas in need

Try to reduce waste by watering the areas in your garden most in need. Check the soil about a foot down to check moisture levels and only water those that are dry. Try also to avoid watering leaves and focus on getting water to the roots, where it’s most needed.

2. Consider droughts when choosing your plants

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, it may be worth considering drought-resistant plants when planning your landscape. Check out this list of less water-needy plants from the Royal Horticultural Society.

3. Avoid Sprinklers

Sprinklers look great and the kids love them, but once they are set up, they will water the same sections of the garden, which is not necessarily the areas in need of attention. Instead, why not consider an automated watering system or a plant feeder system, such as Mono Plansava, a watering trough for varying sizes of planters.

4. Collect Rain Water

Rainwater can be collected from roof drains by diverting water from the drainpipe into a water butt. This can then be used to water your garden and is probably one of the simplest and most eco-friendly ways of collecting and storing water.

5. Re-use bath, shower, washing machine water

Most household soaps and detergents are harmless to plants, so it is safe to recycle household water. Caution: do avoid water that contains stronger chemicals, such as bleach, dishwater salt or disinfectants. This can be done again using a diverter, such as a greywater diverter valve, to send water to a butt or bin.

6. Water at the right time of day

Try to avoid watering a lawn and plants in the evening. On a lawn, this water will sit and create the perfect environment for fungus to grow. Instead, water first thing in the morning, while it’s still cool. If you struggle to do this, consider an automated system to help.

7. Use a brush to clean the driveway or paths

Save water when cleaning driveways and paths by simply using an outdoor brush instead of a hosepipe.

8. Mulch those flower beds

Mulching flowerbeds, planters and hanging baskets will help conserve the moister in the soil.

9. Care for your soil

Look after your soil by adding organic matter to improve the structure. Consider also adding water-retentive gel or granules in planters or pots.

10. Shade your lawn

Shade the soil in your lawn by keeping it around 2 inches high. Cutting it back will assist the evaporation process and make for a thirstier lawn.

These tips will help keep your garden healthy, whilst looking after our planet at the same time.

Enjoy your garden this summer!

Papillon wins Garden Design & Landscaping Prize at Trades Awards

Papillon wins Garden Design & Landscaping Prize at Trades Awards

Papillon is delighted to have scooped a top prize in Garden Design & Landscaping at this year’s Trades Awards.

The Trades Awards is an annual celebration of trades businesses in the North-east of Scotland. This year, after a rigorous application process, the finalists were gathered at the Ardoe House Hotel on Friday 8th June to learn their fate.

Garden Designer, Zuzana Habsudova (pictured centre), picked up the accolade on behalf of Papillon. She said: “We work really hard to come up with garden designs that work for their owners and fit with the environment around them. It’s what we do best and it’s great for the whole team to be recognised for all of our efforts in these awards.”

For more information on the Trades Awards, visit www.tradesawards.com.

Papillon
Vera Efimova, Zuzana Habsudova and Angelique Robb of Papillon, pictured ahead of the awards ceremony.

Papillon’s Biossun to showcase at Ideal Home Show 2018

Ideal Home Show 2018
Ideal Home Show 2018

Papillon's Biossun to showcase at this year's Ideal Home Show

This week, Papillon will be showcasing the Biossun at Glasgow's Ideal Home Show, which is being held at the SEC from 31st May - 3rd June.

Pop along to our stand at G220 and meet Papillon Director, Angelique Robb.  Angelique will be hosting a Garden Design Drop-in each day of the event to talk design, share experience and offer tips & advice.

 

Anyone for Pimm's?

Enjoy a glass of Pimm's (if you're over 18!), whilst checking out our Biossun and browsing our portfolio for garden design ideas.

 

Star of the show:  The Biossun

The Biossun is an innovative and stylish patio cover with adjustable louvres, a rain and wind detector,  Electronic Zipsun blinds, led strip lighting and more.  Everything needed to enjoy outdoor living for longer.  The 100% eco-design is manufactured in France and exclusive to Papillon in Scotland.  It will be exhibited in its full glory at the Papillon stand - not to be missed!

Ideal home show Biossun
Ideal Home Show Biossun pergola
Ideal Home Show - Patio cover from Papillon
Ideal home show - Patio cover Scotland

Tickets

For tickets to this year's Ideal Home Show, click here

We'll look forward to seeing you there!

WIN Tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show

Win tickets to Ideal Home Show

Papillon to launch Garden Parties at Aberdeen Garden & Outdoors

WIN Tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show

Papillon is giving away two sets of 2 tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show in Glasgow, being held on 31 May- 3 June 2018. For your chance to win and to enter visit our Facebook page.

All you have to do is:
1) Like our page
2) Like the competition post
3) Comment on the post.
Competition closes on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Two winners will be drawn at random and announced thereafter.

Enter here:

Terms & Conditions for Papillon’s Facebook competition (run from 10th May – 26th May 2018) to win 2 x 2 tickets to the Scottish Home Show:

1. The promoter is: Papillon. Company name: Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd (company no. SC376012) whose registered office is at Skye Steadings, Kingswells, Aberdeen, AB15 8RN.
2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PapillonLandscaping
6. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
7. Closing date for entry is Wednesday 23rd May 2018. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
Entries must like and comment on the competition post to enter. The winning entrants must be following Papillon Landscaping on Facebook to enter.
9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
11. The prize is as follows:
2 x 2 tickets for The Ideal Home Show 2018, being held from 31st May 2018 – 2nd June 2018 in Glasgow at the SEC. The tickets will be valid for one day only from 31st May 2018 – 2nd June 2018. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
12. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.
13. The winners will be announced on Facebook, within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
14. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.
18. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
19. The winner’s name will be available for 28 days after the closing date by emailing the following address: info@papillonlandscape.co.uk
20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Facebook and Papillon and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found here.

Papillon Launches Garden Parties

Garden parties by Papillon

Papillon to launch Garden Parties at Aberdeen Garden & Outdoors

Papillon is to launch a range of Garden Parties for all at Aberdeen Gardens & Outdoors, which is taking place on 7th April 2018 at Crathes Castle, near Banchory.  As well as launching our Garden Party tutorials, we will be carrying out two live demonstrations at the inaugural event on Hanging Baskets and Maintaining Your Garden - Chemical-free.  We'll have a stall there too and will be selling kits for hanging baskets as well as succulent (plant) chocolate boxes!

 

Garden Parties

Our Garden Parties will offer a range of different garden-themed topics for groups of 5 or more or as private tutorials. Plant Expert, Aarron Long of Papillon, is heading up the project, which will include the following tutorials:

  • Organic Veg Growing
  • Creating Displays and Containers
  • Plant Nursery Basics
  • Beds and Border Design Basics
  • Winter Interest Planting
  • Specimen Planting

The parties are aimed at those with an interest in gardening, who are keen to learn more. 

For more information, please contact us directly. 

Spring preparations to take your garden into Summer

Spring garden blog

What to do in your garden this Spring to prepare for Summer

Papillon Garden Designer, Zuzana Habsudova, talks through Spring tasks that you can start now to prepare your garden for the summer ahead...she talks plants, pots, colours, paint and wildlife in our latest blog:

When the bright whites, blues and yellows start poking through the 50 shades of grey in our gardens, one can feel the heart jump. This cheery moment in spring kicks our brain and we start dreaming of our outdoor spaces transformed into picture perfect.

This is the exciting time for reshuffling the planting borders and refreshing colours on our fences, sheds and furniture. But this is also the time of dreaded chores, as weeds start pushing through, and patios await cleaning and sheds clearing.

If we have no budget for ripping the garden out and starting afresh, we have to make it work within the resources we have. And if Carol Klein or Alan Titchmarch are not our relatives, we just have to stick to our talent and handiness.

Think colour

So, it is the bright hues that seem to uplift our mood, right? Well, let’s start with adding colours to our gardens then. There should be no worries of getting it wrong; it can always be repainted next year.

Think of how interior designers work with choosing a colour for wall and floor and then they match chairs and tables to it. How they use cushions and indoor pots to highlight or contrast with the walls. In the garden we have fences and sheds, offset with planting and furniture.

Blue chair

Use colourful plants in your gloomiest corners

Any enthusiastic gardener is eager to get into the soil right after winter, because they know a good preparation is the key before any planting can take place. But what if you lack just that tiny bit of excitement to start with weeding, digging, feeding and scrubbing?

Let’s rethink the traditional spring clean. Don’t kill that keenness the spring bulbs sparkled in you. Go to a garden centre and pick a few flowers that smile at you. Plant them in your gloomiest corners, or pots. Start enjoying them, as you do, weed around.

Then weed a bit further. Clean that dead foliage left them from winter and prune that overgrown shrub in the way. Split that over-sized perennial and plant its offspring in a pot. If desired, enlarge the borders. Buy that Scottish-proof plant you’ve just admired in the magazine and mix fruit shrubs into ornamental borders. Scatter annual seeds to fill any gaps before plants start touching each other.

Colourful flowers

Paint colour

Now repair that broken fence and give it a new coat. The darker it is, the grander the plants in front of it will appear. And don’t just go for dark brown or grey. Try aubergine, olive, or navy blue. Paint trellises, frames and stick them amongst planting. Fix mirrors on the walls to ricochet the effect.

Then sit down and ponder over the colours of your furniture, while someone comes to clean your paving.

If you like the neutral, rustic looking furniture, add colour with outdoor cushions and carpets that can be left out all summer long. Flowerpots can help to bolt the carpets down, adding waterfalls of spilling greenery.

Purple chair

Combine Colour

With bold colours on your boundaries, shed and furniture, any green tones of planting will work their miracles. Just think of painting your trellis purple and planting lime-green climber (hops) on it. Or behind that forestry of green that you have, paint your wall burgundy colour. Then add reddish-purple blooms to the first image and orange-red spikes to the second.

 

As soil gets warmer, keep adding colour with annual herbs, fruit or veg, so that the taste buds gets satisfied too! The yellow-orange flowers of marigolds and nasturtiums, as well as the blue-stars of borage are not only edible, but also help protect your veg from pests and diseases.

Mix Veg and Fruit with Ornamental Flowers

By mixing your veg and fruit with ornamental flowers you are creating an ornamental kitchen garden that the French call potager. But the flowers can also be the ones produced by your veg. It’s usually the garlic chives that we think of when talking about flowering veg, but remember the white umbels of carrots and yellow/white blooms on brassicas when you forgot to harvest on time?

 

And there’s so much colour in the ordinary veg! Look at the yellow and red stems of chards or green and purple bulbs of kohlerabi. There’s purple kale leaves and lime-green seashell-looking romanesco. Just imagine these poking out through creeping purples and whites of thyme and camomile.

Colourful planters

Encase colour

Trailing and running plants are also ideal for pots. Fill them with dwarf runner beans and trailing strawberries to admire the cascading flowers and later taste their produce. Stick a standard rose for fragrance or red currant for nibbling in the middle of these pots.

Pots again can be unified in colour and work as features in your garden, or they can be muted and let the plants steal the show. In that case you might think of evergreen grasses, which keep their bold hues throughout the year and their colours range from intense blue through chocolaty orange to golden green.

 

Protect wildlife with colour

The more cheery and ecological your garden, the more it attracts wildlife. The bees will happily work on your flowers, leaving you to enjoy your cake in peace. Predators, like birds, will munch on your slimy pests that will not get the chance to taste your cabbages and hostas.

The paint will seal cracks in wooden fences and trellises and preserve them for longer. Re-painted furniture will feel like new and so will the pots and raised beds. You will learn the beauty of up-cycling and you’ll have more time for your garden.

But this doesn’t mean more work in it. Pretty much the opposite. By letting the flower colour creep into your neglected bowling green means you’ve cut down on mowing and feeding. By mixing veg with flowers you let them take care of each other. The wilder you let the colours mingle, the less maintenance there surprisingly is.

 

Colour in all seasons

And when the summer’s planting season is over, the colours will remain in the fences and furniture. The dying, bronzy foliage will contrast with the vibrant walls and pots and we will be excited for the next spring to come!

For more information on garden design and how to protect your garden, please contact Papillon directly.

Happy gardening!

Papillon picks up two Gold Awards at APL Awards

Osborne Place
APL Gold Awards
Kitchen garden Ellon

Papillon picks up two Gold Awards at national APL Awards

Papillon has been awarded two gold Awards at the APL Awards 2018.  The awards were received in two categories for garden design and construction work the firm completed on two North-east gardens in Ellon and Aberdeen.

One of the Gold commendations was received for a town garden project at Osborne Place, Aberdeen under the of Projects valued between £35,000-£65,000 and the other was for an outside kitchen project in Ellon, under the Hard Landscaping category.

Angelique Robb, Director at Papillon, comments: “Although we didn’t win these categories outright, we are thrilled to have received two Gold Awards. The awards are highly regarded in the industry and it is a great boost for the whole team. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to design and construct these gardens. We put a lot of thought and research into our work, so it’s always rewarding to see them come to life. These particular gardens involved intricate design and careful planning to ensure the gardens work for the owners and within the landscape surrounding them too. We feel very proud.”

The UK-wide awards help celebrate and recognise outstanding landscaping work carried out by the Association of Professional Landscapers' members.  This year's ceremony was held at The Brewery, London on Friday 16th March 2018.  The Awards were sponsored by Bradstone.