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Garden Design in Brighton-Before and After

A while back this space apparently used to be Lord Sackville's tennis courts. (Sackville of Sackville Rd) . Then it became a neglected suburban garden full of Bay trees.My clients wanted their garden to be a social space both for adults and children, with lots of colour yet low on maintenance.We designed the seating area around a Corten Steel fire pit with lovely golden Cedar wood to match the house and the Summer house. We decided on a deep grey to offset both the wood and the greenery. Two pendulous Birch trees give atmosphere and a third dimension to the [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00September 21st, 2017|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design in Brighton-Before and After

Garden Design using Japanese Principles

When I first arrived in this garden an old raised bed and broken up pond met me. However, overarching the area was a beautiful apple tree. My clients wanted a peaceful garden where they could relax and entertain friends and family and yet they wanted a loose and open feeling as their garden bordered onto the open expanse of a neighbour's lawn. I thought of how the Japanese create microcosm gardens that reference a greater landscape and how the apple could be the Queen of the Valley. After we filled in the old pond and cleared the old rockery [...]

By |2020-07-01T14:49:50+01:00August 28th, 2017|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design using Japanese Principles

Garden Design- 2 years on

Originally this garden had about 8 old Rose beds in the middle of the lawn and a few sad shrubs around the edges. Our client wanted to open the space up for kids and dogs yet have a feast of different plants and colour.I took some detailed pictures of the planing last week. it is starting to knit together and become more than the sum of its parts. One great but tricky part of garden design is making sure the plants combine well and compliment each other as well as take over from each other when the other is flagging and [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00July 6th, 2017|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design- 2 years on

Before And After- From Mud to Magic

This was the perfect muddy mess. For a garden designer the worst a garden is the better as the transformation is that more satisfying. At first we thought to entirely plant up the area but my clients decided they wanted to keep maintenance and costs down and introduce some lawn. I think this was a great idea as the green, clean space and curvaceous beds brings out the delicate beauty of the plants   We used lots of bright, Mediterranean perennials in the front borders with more English shady loving plants as the beds [...]

By |2020-06-30T14:58:00+01:00June 15th, 2017|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Before And After- From Mud to Magic

Before and After Photos- A garden designer’s reward

I love Before and After photos. It reminds me of the chaos a garden was in when I first arrived and how I had to stretch my imagination to have a vision of a more beautiful space. Being a garden designer in Brighton means I have my fair share of small gardens to design and by far they are the hardest as every material and detail needs to be thought through. I was helped by my clients in this instance as their brief was a tropical atmosphere and they had already chosen a very clean, interesting looking porcelain tile [...]

By |2020-06-30T14:42:14+01:00May 30th, 2017|Bark, Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Before and After Photos- A garden designer’s reward

Garden Design for the Front of House

A garden design for the front of a house has to serve many purposes.It needs to be welcoming with colourful planting planned throughout the growing season.It should have some strong structure both to tie in with the solidness of the house and to look good in the winter months.It also needs to compliment the look of the house. Sometimes that is choosing a blousy, breezy garden design to balance the hardness of the house's facade or much more formal shapes to garnish the house with a formal presence.In this garden design we chose a simple succession of colour for April and [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00May 17th, 2017|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design for the Front of House

Garden design blending different styles into a natural Whole

This garden design, which we implemented this February, aims at creating what you might find in an hour walking in the countryside, into a single space. We extended the patio and made new brick planters with more formal planting. We created a formal lawn from high quality turf and in the remainer of the large lawn area we seeded with acid perennial wildflowers and an annual cornflower mix. This wildflower meadow will flow down the garden and on the right hand side reach a new wildlife pond. Behind the pond we planted the dark green Portuguese Laurel to v=create [...]

By |2020-06-30T15:05:11+01:00April 15th, 2017|Blog, Geometric Shapes, Inspiration From Nature, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden design blending different styles into a natural Whole

Garden Design on Brighton Seafront

This garden space was looking very tired with tatty palm trees along the edges and a ragged lawn. Our client wanted a garden that was contemporary, colourful and yet very low maintenance. They also wanted to sit comfortably outside facing the enormous southern sky. We used the black grass Ophiopogon, pink flowering Armeria maritima and the bright green grass, Sesleria. The hedge around the edges to make the space into a private room, Gresilinia, didn't take on the more windy south east facing side so we replaced it with Euonymus Emerald Gold. We also added some blue with a smaller [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00October 2nd, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design on Brighton Seafront

Garden Design -The Waiting Game

You may remember we created this garden in early Spring. We have had to wait till now for the small Perennials to burst into life. A slightly better result than the tarmac.        It is depressing to hear that the number of front gardens are disappearing in the UK at such a rapid rate as we pave over them all. It seems we are developing a phobia for anything that is green or brown and not 100% uncontrollable. I like the weeds that break through the pavement after a year or [...]

By |2020-07-07T15:12:51+01:00September 25th, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design -The Waiting Game