On my first visit to clients, i'm often told that the reason their garden doesn't look great is because they have "no time to do anything", we then talk through what they want, and then I have to explain that what they want will take time to achieve and maintain, and they either have to find the time, or pay me or others to do it. However today I might have spotted something that might fall into the No maintenance garden category.
While packing up the truck today, I glanced over to my clients neighbour, who had this hanging up outside her window
Now I know it's fake, but it didn't look too bad, and my hairdresser had asked me if I knew where she could find plastic box balls, - so I went next door to ask about them.
Dawn who lives there actually runs RTfactflowers.co.uk, - which is a company with a shop in Claygate, that sell silk flowers. - and as well as giving me a card, she showed me some of the other plants that they do.
She was also enthusing about a new range of grasses, that I could plant for clients, and I found myself saying "no I wouldn't use these, I only use real plants" - but looking at these photos, and thinking about some areas (like by front doors) where clients have managed to kill plants through neglect, i'm thinking, - Would I?
Would you? - what do you think about Silk/Plastic plants, - are they worth using in a garden that itsn't going to get attention, or should they not be part of a gardeners range?