Pershore based Nikki Hollier is a garden designer for bespoke and ready-made garden borders. Her business, Border in a Box, is an out-of-the-box, ready-made garden design in a gift tin to enable anyone to easily create a gorgeous garden without the designer price tag in less than a day.
Nikki's latest border design, The Jar of Life, will be on show at Gardeners' World Live at Birmingham NEC as part of the Beautiful Border exhibition to show how Every Space Counts. The event in June is expected to attract over 90,000 visitors.
For her design Nikki was inspired by the jar of life analogy. This is where a jar is filled with rocks to symbolise the most important things in life, followed by gravel to represent the next most important things, and sand to represent the small stuff. The analogy reminds us to prioritise what really matters in life.
Nikki will use about 30 plants per square meter in her design, which means she needs in the region of 150-200 plants to complete the design. The border will be filled with sensory plants which either smell divine, are tactile, taste amazing, or look beautiful – all contributing to our health and feeling of wellbeing.
The idea for Border in a Box started when Nikki moved into a new property and the garden was a plain patch of turf surrounded by a wooden fence. Like most new home owners, the garden was the last 'room' to be made-over mainly due to budget and not knowing where to start, so Nikki retrained as a garden designer in 2015. She created her first show garden in 2016 and won a silver medal and the People's Choice Award.
Nikki created Border in a Box garden design templates to help everyone easily create a pretty garden and take the guesswork out of what to buy and what plants work well together. Each template includes an easy to follow plan and can be achieved in less than a day, which is great for people with busy lives or who are new to gardening. All the plants listed are easy to take care of too!
Based in Pershore, Nikki said: "I'm very spoilt living where I do, my garden looks out on Bredon Hill and it's the best view in the world. Worcestershire is a great place to be."
Border in a Box has been awarded Garden Product of the year by Country Homes & Interiors magazine and can be found on Amazon, Not on the High Street and exhibiting at Gardeners' World Live at Birmingham NEC between 14 – 17 June.