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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 plantsWe used lots of bright, Mediterranean perennials in the front borders with more English shady loving plants as the beds receded to the back and the deeper areas of shade.The [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00June 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 that mimics old [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00May 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 an atmospheric grove with [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00April 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 so much to our dismay! Nature refuses to [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00September 25th, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden Design -The Waiting Game

Designing with Golden Bamboo

This newly built pool was surrounded by a scruffy and leggy Privet hedge which we took out. Golden bamboo to the rescue here. The powerful golden canes contrast with the blue of the pool and we planted some dark green ivy behind to eventually cover the fence. Designing with bamboo needs to be done carefully. I have seen it in the middle of an English Cottage Garden and the whole garden is then often dominated by the bamboo's exotic tone. However in a contemporary garden it can be the perfect choice giving screening and constant delicate movement.

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00May 26th, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Designing with Golden Bamboo

Romantic Garden Design

This garden, which won't come into it's own until the end of summer, has just been planted. But underneath the soil, tonnes of which we had to bring in when we took 10 skip loads of driveway rubble away, are planted little packets ready to burst open. This garden design in West Sussex uses two Yew pyramids to sabilize the planting and bring symmetry to the lovely little cottage which has it's own triangular pattern in the roof. Around each Yew are planted 13 sumptuous fragrant roses. And then the planting plan design spreads out with Dahlias, Heleniums, Pennisetum grasses, [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00March 25th, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Romantic Garden Design

Garden designing with Photinia ‘Red Robin’

Two garden design aspects that we choose helped to transform this back fence in Hove. One was painting the back fence and shed a beautiful dark grey. Garden design can often forget the most simple of transformations- paint. And in a couple of years when the fence begins to fade the climber Trachelospermum would have taken over. Another garden design technique is mistakes. We ordered 6 *10 foot Photinia 'Red Robin' standardized balls but when we unwrapped the protective fleece they turned out to be cones. After the initial surprise my clients and I saw how original and striking they [...]

By |2019-03-28T18:48:19+00:00March 21st, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden designing with Photinia ‘Red Robin’