creative maintenance

What does it mean? The best way we've found of explaining it is by imagining going up to a plant and saying, 'You're a nice plant, but is there anything I can do to make you look even nicer?'

In most cases, the answer is a resounding, 'Yes'. Raising, thinning and shaping the crowns of trees and shrubs, removing the tired old leaves on palms and yuccas - you'll see many examples on our site. It's all to do with producing a garden of beautifully sculpted plants and a look of well-groomed verdancy, which is what Architectural Plants is all about anyway.

Most of the techniques that we've developed over the last 20-odd years are borrowed from nature. If you look at a garden that's been creatively maintained by us and yet it still looks completely natural, then we have succeeded.

Call us on 01798 879213 and chat through your needs with one of the team, or email us at

Creative Maintenance Gallery


Cordyline australis with every brown and tatty leaf removed

Removing the trunk hair on a Trachycarpus palm

Properly cleaned up Phoenix palm

Clipping a Phillyrea angustifolia ball

Bamboo cleaned up to reveal coloured stems

Sculptural Lonicera nitida

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