This was a new build terraced house having a very small back garden with heavy clay soil.I created a very strong geometric design using fine grooved decking providing a dining and a sunbathing area. This led on to a boardwalk to a garden storage building.Minimal planting was used to great effect with soft uplighting giving the garden appeal after dark. A bubbling water feature was added to give a relaxing atmosphere whether sunbathing or entertaining.Black bamboos were used to screen the garden building which after time would complete the outdoor room feel.
This garden was originally designed in the seventies with marshalite walling and had a very ‘dated’ look, the end of the garden was overgrown with laurel trees and no perimeter fence between them and a pub car park. I decided to exploit the garden’s changes in level to create an entertaining and barbeque area using black sandstone paving and green oak as the retaining wall. This was surrounded by informal lawns which led to a childrens play area at the end of the garden.The planting was understated with the use of bold colours and textures with the use of numerous planters to the terraced area, which also included a herb garden adjacent to the bbq area.
The Clients had let this garden fall in to disrepair and was difficult to navigate as it had no walkways and several changes in level.I decided to use natural sandstone with red brick edging which complemented the style of the house,I also designed a non slip decking walkway around the side of the building to overcome the changes in level and to make it safe for the Clients elderly mother. A red brick path was designed around a central lawn to allow access to the planted areas which led on to a natural Koi pond.The planting had a cottage theme featuring Penstemons,Lillys,Geraniums and hemmerocallis,which added a riot of of colour and fragrance in the garden.
This garden was a large plot of sloping lawn backing on to woodlands.The property was grade 2 listed and I wanted the garden to reflect the ‘Country house’ feel.The design incorporated a natural stream flowing from a source near to the house, across the main garden dropping down a cascade to a meadow before reaching a large informal pool.The garden was split in to two levels with the upper garden being the more formal with manicured lawns and a large natural stone terrace leading through a timber pergola planted with fragrant Clematis which led to an informal meadow with a small orchard.The project was to be completed in two stages and as the the Clients had small grandchildren it was decided to have an enclosed rock water feature centrally in the main lawn,until they were older when they would complete the design.The planting reflected the country theme with the use of native trees such as birch and hawthorn. A yew hedge seperated the formal garden from the meadow and orchard.