An odd shaped garden...

This garden had to be planned around a new extension to the house and the mature borders running its length. Furthermore, a large lawn was important as well as a good sized seating / entertaining area. To the left of the house was a small unused corridor or walkway. The owner wanted to turn this area into a small courtyard garden with a water feature.

Planting plans

If the general garden layout is satisfactory then why not give it a makeover by redesigning just the borders ? The planting plan to the left of this image was done for a problematic dry, shady border. The one to the right a new raised bed that needed filling. In both instances the customers wanted to create a beautiful look without wasting money on unsuitable plants.

New build terraced garden ...

This customer had just moved into a new build property which was overlooked and sparse on character ! Therefore, straight lines and lots of red brick required softening with curves and planting. The garden was also large enough to consider putting in some suitable trees. As a result this broke up the fence line and view of the windows behind. A patio, water feature and courtyard planting were designed for the lower terrace. The top terrace  was laid mainly to lawn.

A PLACE FOR ENTERTAINING AND ENJOYING...

I was asked to design a garden that was both low maintenance and yet retained an element of green. The client didn't want to loose sight of the fact that a garden should have plants and colour. However,  constraints on time did not allow for desired 'country style garden'. In additionn, another important element of the brief was that it should be a place to entertain friends. By introducing a large hardwood decked area this was possible. A paving circle and pergola in a dark corner also allowed an otherwise under utilised area to be brought into play.

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GRADE II LISTED GEORGIAN PROPERTY

I was contacted by a couple who were renovating a Grade II Listed Georgian terraced property. The garden had been neglected over time and was pretty much a blank canvas. With a beautiful original lime mortar wall around the perimeter this garden needed to be brought back to life. With planning permissions on an extension pending they maintained a wish to retain the overall character of the property. However, they also wanted to bring it into the 21st century. Consequently it was agreed that the garden should have a very traditional layout. The planting and style of the summerhouse (which was to be the main focus of the garden) should provide the more modern features. With building work ongoing, I look forward to seeing the garden blossom in due course....

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