Milltimber garden project offers homeowners a low maintenance, modern space to relax

Milltimber garden project - Papillon Designs & Landscaping

Milltimber garden project offers homeowners a low maintenance, modern space to relax

Aim:

To create a contemporary garden space that will make for easier living with low maintenance, whilst providing a space that looks good and can be enjoyed.

Desires:

- More parking
- Easy maintenance
- Nicer path leading to the back garden
- A larger patio area
- Furniture to make it easier to watch the children play
- A hot tub

What we did:

Papillon re-designed the front garden and removed the grass altogether, making it easier to maintain. Doing this made way for a driveway extension, which now has space to park up to five cars.

To the rear of the property, we added Millboard decking, a sunken hot tub and constructed a modern cream and grey porcelain paving area, which runs along the length of the property. A bench will be added to the front of the house to make it easy to watch the kids.

Dry-river beds were planted throughout the garden and offer a modern look. They are easy on the eye with sporadic planting adding a pop of colour. This, along with the extended driveway, makes the garden low maintenance for the busy homeowners.

Dry-river beds were added to the boundaries of the garden with evergreen planting.

Features:

> Hot tub
> New patio in porcelain paving
> Extended lock-block driveway
> Dry-river beds with planting
> Bench (to follow)
> Bollard lighting

The outcome:

A contemporary garden full of interest and ready for fun.

We have created a space that is manageable for our clients, with a design that makes for a relaxing atmosphere in a space where hobbies can be enjoyed, serenity can be found, and family memories created.

View more pictures of this garden in our portfolio page.

For more information on garden design by Papillon, please contact us directly.

 

 

Sporadic planting
Lock-block driveway
Porcelain patio in cream and grey. Papillon Designs & Landscaping.

What will 2019 hold for your garden? Is it time to write a Garden Plan?

How to create a garden plan in 2019

What will 2019 hold for your garden?  Is it time to write a Garden Plan?

It’s that time of year when people start thinking forward and putting in place New Years’ resolutions. When it comes to your garden, a garden plan can be a great tool to help you think ahead and given that its ‘tools down-time’ for most, January is a great time to do it.

As well as giving you something to look forward to, your garden will benefit from a bit of attention and it’s good to set goals and to keep control of your garden before it starts taking control of you.

Papillon has experts to help you with this process...making the process quicker.  By using our years of experience in design and construction, we can come up with ideas that are innovative.

What do you want from your garden?

So, let’s start thinking about what you want from your garden, not just in the short term, but also the long term.
To help you create a garden plan, we’ve pulled together ten steps to help:

1. Draw a plan

Start by drawing out a map or plan of your current garden to scale. Once you’ve gone through many of the points below, you can start to draw a plan of your new garden.

2. Make a list

Write a list of what you like and dislike about your garden, as well as what your aspirations are and your ‘big dreams’.
Some examples of problem areas:

  • A need for more plants/vegetables/colour
  • A desire for an outdoor room to enjoy the garden all seasons
  • It’s not private enough
  • There’s nowhere for the kids to play
  • There is a damp patch in the garden
  • No sitting space
  • The garden is too exposed to wind, so I never get out to enjoy it
  • I have a big slope in the garden (see our previous blog on what to do with a sloping garden).
  • My plants aren’t growing

3. Lifestyle - how can your garden work around you?

Being aware of your lifestyle will help you work out what is realistic and what will conflict with your plan.
Some areas to consider:

  • No time for gardening
  • Having young kids
  • A lifestyle of entertaining
  • No gardening knowledge or skills
  • A disability that impacts on the time spent in the garden
  • No time to learn about gardening

4. What are you going to do about it?

What actions can you set to help you combat the problem areas and build your dream garden? Write them down.

5. Consider the variables

Go through your action list and consider each of the factors below – do they have an impact?
Are your actions practical solutions?  Will they work in YOUR garden?

  • Wind
  • Sunlight
  • Heavy foot traffic areas
  • Shade
  • Maturity height and width of plants
  • Soil
  • Drainage
  • Views
  • Access to Water

Choosing plants, as an example, can be difficult. Not every plant will take to the soil it’s planted in, so more research may be required. For damp areas, you might want to use thirsty plants to help dry out the surrounding areas. Ease of care is another factor that could influence choice. Native plants are recommended, as these will take less care and are likely to give you the best results. However, be aware as these can take over and overcome other ornamental plants.

6. Resources – people, materials, budget

People: think about the resources you have and the people you know who could lend a hand. Many of the actions will be easy enough to undertake yourself, but for some, it might be best to seek professional help and advice. Speaking to an APL accredited garden designer, such as Papillon, can help.

Materials: what materials will you use and how will you source them? Carry out your research and consider different materials for the elements they’ll be exposed to.

Budget: how much do you have to spend on your garden? This could have an impact on the materials and plants that you use, so it’s good to understand this at the outset.

7. Upcycle & recycle

If you can upcycle old goods and bring new life to them, then that is great! This will help to protect the environment and reduce emissions. Think hard about what you need for each project and have a look at some of the second-hand sales websites out there to see if you can source second-hand goods. If throwing things out, be sure to check if they are recyclable and dispose of them ethically.

8. Prioritise your list

Refine your list by highlighting the tasks that are ‘do-able’ within the next 12 months, as well as the ones that are causing problems. Tackling the real problem areas first may bring you the happiness you need to plough on. If your big problem areas are too big, then look for some ‘quick-wins’ to keep you motivated or get someone else to help.

9. Hire the right people

Ensure that your construction company have the relevant qualifications and a warranty period. A good place to look is Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).

10. Get started

Once you’ve outlined your actions and considered your resources, materials, waste, etc. it is time to get started! Do one thing at a time and don’t forget to take before and after pictures to help you see and monitor your progress.

Good luck!

For more information on garden design, please contact Papillon directly. Good luck with your garden for 2019!

New town garden offers low maintenance with a contemporary look

New town garden offers low maintenance with a contemporary look

Papillon has recently completed a town garden design & construction project in Garthdee, Aberdeen.

The design was built to fit with the lifestyle of the owner, giving them a garden to relax in, without the burden of a high maintenance space.  The steeply sloped garden was transformed into a relaxing open space to include planting beds, retaining walls, stone paving and a patio.

 

Garden design for Garthdee project
Decking area in Garthdee project - Papillon Garden Designs
Stone globes in town garden- Papillon Designs & Landscaping

To add to the contemporary style, a stone globe water feature was positioned as a focal point next to the main patio.  To complete the look, black decorative screens were added to create interest and screen the main patio area. On sunny days, the sun can be enjoyed on the composite Millboard decking that has deliberately been positioned to maximise sunlight.

 

Garden features:

  • Retaining walls with contemporary bricks
  • Natural sandstone paving area & steps
  • Composite Millboard Decking area
  • Composite Decorative screens
  • Stone water feature with light built-in
  • Planting to soften the hard landscaping

Before pictures...

Before pic - Garthdee garden project, Aberdeen
Before Garthdee, Aberdeen

For more information on garden design and landscaping, please contact Papillon directly.

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.

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

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!

Papillon projects in Aberdeen and Ellon shortlisted in APL Awards 2018

Aberdeen and Ellon gardens shortlisted in national APL Awards 2018

Two Papillon garden design and landscaping projects have been shortlisted in the 2018 Association of Professional Landscapers’ Awards (APL Awards). Recognition has been given in two categories, for garden design and construction work the firm completed on two North-east gardens in Ellon and Aberdeen.

The gardens shortlisted are for Papillon’s outside kitchen project in Ellon, under the category Hard Landscaping and a town garden project in Osborne Place, Aberdeen, which is shortlisted in the category for Projects valued between £35,000 - £65,000.

Outdoor Kitchen, Ellon

Ellon Outdoor Kitchen

Papillon came on board after the client’s already purchased large paving slabs and started laying them out. Despite the square shape of the main patio, the client asked for a curved design with built-in outdoor kitchen.

To achieve this without cutting the existing paving, Papillon used contrasting materials that helped to join the squares into the desired curves.  The two curved walls that wrap up the main patio have the outdoor kitchen built into one, while the other one is raised to a seating height. The contrast in the materials was also used to create undulating paths around the house and circular driveway. Smaller, darker setts helped to fill in the gaps formed by the large, creamy pavers laid in curves. This method resulted in creating a driveway that looks more like an interesting path to the front door, but can also be drive on. 

Osborne Place, Aberdeen

Creating more interest in a town garden.

Papillon extended the house’s modern interior outdoors, spilling out the creamy chocolate colours with contemporary sandstone paving and planting choices into a long and narrow walled garden. The raised stone planters in smooth, sawn finish and with floating benches incorporate a built-in barbeque.

The water feature, a sandstone sphere, sits in the planters surrounded by soft planting and can be lit up in the evenings. A robust, wooden arch opens up the social area to the rest of the garden, where tall Italian cypresses echo the granite spires of Aberdeen’s historical buildings. The mixed modern planting with box spheres also includes the client’s original fruit trees. The garden’s path leads all the way to the garage at the back. This is clad with Scottish larch slats that would grey in time and blend with the surrounding granite walls. 

Osborne Place, Aberdeen

Angelique Robb of Papillon
Angelique Robb, Director at Papillon comments:

“It was great to have the opportunity to design and construct these gardens. They’re both very different, but equally rewarding. The outside kitchen took careful planning, which paid off – it looks really slick, but yet it is practical too and makes for easy for outdoor living.

The project at Osborne Place was fun too: the garden was long and thin, so it needed more interest and features to cosy it up and make it feel wider and continue the modern theme of the home into the garden. There were some super features added for interest, including a sandstone sphere and a water feature, as well as a large social area, where large cypresses echo the granite spires of Aberdeen’s skyline.

I feel very proud of the work our team has done on these projects and I’m delighted that they’ve been recognised by APL.”

 

The UK-wide awards help celebrate and recognise outstanding landscaping work carried out by the association’s members. Winners of the awards will be announced at The annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 16 March 2018 at The Brewery, London. The event is sponsored by Bradstone.

For more information on the APL Awards 2018, click here

 

To find out more about Papillon's garden design and construction work, please contact us directly.

How to make the most of your garden this autumn

How to make the most of your garden this autumn

How to make the most of your garden this autumn

Summer may be ending, but the shorter days and the cooler evenings needn’t stop us from continuing to enjoy time outdoors in the garden. With a little preparation and some creative thinking, we can continue to enjoy our gardens well into autumn and even beyond.

Designing your garden so that you can enjoy outdoor living all year round in Scotland can be a challenge. We have the weather to contend with, which requires practical solutions. But, practical need not be boring! So, here are 5 ideas to inspire you to create a wonderful garden to enjoy all year round.

1. Outdoor lighting to combat the dark

As our days shorten, outdoor lighting will help you to continue to enjoy evenings in your garden.

Paloma illuminated bird lights
Paloma illuminated bird lights

Beyond its obvious practical use, the best outdoor lighting will add beauty and create an atmosphere and ambience to your garden at night. Also, nice lighting will enhance your garden’s appearance from inside your house on winter evenings.

Don’t be afraid to think creatively about your outdoor lighting. For example, festoon style lighting will add warmth and atmosphere around patio areas. We also love Stone Globe lights, which are beautiful additions to a garden that will add interest both day and night. Another favourite at Papillon is the Paloma illuminated bird; a fun and quirky sculpture by day, that takes on an enchanting quality as darkness falls.

Outdoor lighting can at times be harsh and artificial, but positioning lights among plants will soften lighting and provide a more natural look. Bamboos and grasses are particularly effective, creating a dancing effect to light, especially on breezy evenings.

2. Outdoor heaters do more than keep you warm

Alongside attractive lighting, enjoying your garden as the cooler days of autumn arrive will require outdoor heating.

Outdoor heating for gardensThe best outdoor heating solutions will provide not only much needed warmth, but that they enhance the appearance and atmosphere of a garden. Traditional patio heaters will work well on any terraced or patio spaces, but if you want to add a little more pizzazz and drama then there are plenty of alternative options to consider.

Wood burning stoves will create a lovely atmosphere. We particularly like Dutch company Adezz’s wood burning stoves, especially the ones that double up as pizza ovens! Corten fire pits will also create a cozy atmosphere for enjoying cool autumn evenings in your garden.

And to add warmth and atmosphere to your outdoor space Chimineas are also fantastic. We’re big fans of the Danish company Morso, who manufacture beautiful Chimineas, along with many other wonderful outdoor heating products.

 

3. Weather resistant furniture and accessories

If you enjoy dining and entertaining outdoors, then investing in good quality, weather resistant garden furniture is certainly worthwhile, especially if you want to continue do so into the autumn months.

Weather resistant garden furniture
Weather resistant garden furniture

The best hardwood furniture will withstand autumn weather, but will need treatment with teak oil to preserve its colour. Softwood timber furniture can be left outside in autumn too but it will require annual treatment with a preservative.

Cast-iron furniture and modern synthetic and resin materials are also good low maintenance and weather resistant options which need not be stored away come autumn.

To combat the chilly evenings, outdoor cushions, throws and blankets will provide warmth. Synthetic furniture and wood furniture are good materials for keeping you warm.

4. Biossun Patio Cover

Add protection with a funky and practical Biossun Patio Cover

Biossun patio cover
Biossun patio cover

The bioclimatic Biossun patio cover is perfect for enjoying an outdoor lifestyle in all seasons. It is a cross between an outdoor room and a patio cover and is versatile as well as stylish. The weather-proof aluminium structures are popular across Europe and perfect for our Scottish climate.

The Biossun can either be installed as a striking stand-alone structure or built onto a house or building to optimise outdoor space. Based on the concept of sun shades, the Biossun’s swivelling slats provide perfect flexibility to either enjoy, or seek protection from, the weather.

5. Perennial Plants

Perennial plants add colour and interest well into autumn

Michaelmas Daisy
Michaelmas Daisy

There are many lovely hardy perennials available to add colour come autumn.  A favourite of ours is the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’; a perennial with pinky-red flower heads that look great in all seasons - but especially in late fall/early winter, where they are blooming when many other perennials are setting seed.

Other attractive perennials to consider include: Persicaria bistorta 'Superba', who’s pretty spikes of tiny pink flowers bloom in Spring and can bloom again in autumn; Anemone “Honorine Jobert”, with its elegant white flowers; and the Aster “Little Carlow”, also known as the Michaelmas Daisy, which features a delicate pale blue flower with a yellow centre and is lovely autumn plant.

We hope that these ideas will give you some inspiration to enjoy your garden well after summer has passed. We can’t change the Scottish climate, but we can design our outdoor spaces so that it doesn’t stop us from continuing to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. And, while beautiful balmy summer evenings are a treat, snuggling up around a warming wood-burning stove or chimenea on a crisp autumn night can be magical too. Happy autumn everyone!