• Modern Arts & Crafts

    With this project, the house had been recently extended and the garden laid to lawn and a swimming pool. The design brief was to soften the pool's impact, reintroduce interest and provide a welcoming approach to the house. A series of traditional terraces was sculpted using cream-coloured York stone walling, while the top terrace was softened using clipped Yew pyramids to provide a viewing platform. A stainless steel balustrade allows minimal interruption of the view onto a herbaceous border walk marked by Hornbeam pillars. This leads to the pool where an Oak loggia and walkway provide shade and seating while also creating a greater sense of enclosure. Mature Scots pines, Rhododendron and Oak woodland frame the lower lawn, with plants taking colour into the summer.
  • Wentworth garden

    A pleasure year round, this garden perfectly complements the architecture of the house while maintaining a sympathetic and sustainable link to the surrounding landscape. Rhododendron, Laurel and coniferous hedging was cleared to give the garden a new lease of life before views were created along pleached Hornbeam avenues to take the eye inwards towards sculptural features within the site and outwards across one of the Wentworth Club golf courses. A pergola softens the architecture and creates a shady dining area. Roses and Herbaceous borders were added for cutting, colour and scent while the groomed lawns were balanced with a woodland meadow naturalised with bulbs and Cyclamen.
  • Courtyard garden

    Designed for a couple keen on gardening, this small garden is packed with detail for year-round interest. A multi-toned slate paving outlined in brick was chosen as the background for a profusion of summer colour. The borders feature white Floribunda roses, grasses, Rudbeckia, cat mint, and lavenders, while the upright form of Skyrocket junipers punctuates the more ephemeral planting. A David Harber sundial provides a focal point when viewed from the main windows within the house, and a stone water feature trickles gently by a shady seating area. Subtle lighting creates an ideal space for summer evening entertaining.
  • Sculpture garden

    Initially designed as a series of interlinking spaces, this small garden grew to accommodate the client’s interest in art. The existing land contours were used to create an elevated Oak pergola walk and gazebo, shady fountain courtyard, and open lawns, the perfect backdrop for the client's eclectic sculpture collection. Planting followed the site's varied aspects to include a sunny herbaceous bank filled with billowing Euphorbia, Geranium, Iris, Penstemons, and Salvias. Colours change with the seasons, from the early summer tones of lime green, cream, yellow and burnt orange, to the mid-summer heat of deep reds, blues, oranges and purple.
  • Cottage garden

    A fresh design approach was needed to integrate this delightful cottage and modern extension to create a garden that looks as though it has always been there. Reclaimed setts, York stone and bricks were used for a sheltered seating area near a small raised pool fed by three reclaimed clay pipes. Stimulating burnt orange, cream, blue and grey provides lasting plant colour summer-long, while a sense of maturity was quickly achieved by planting occasional wall and paving joints with creeping herbs and sprawling daisies. A low clipped Box knot garden and standard Golden Hollies define the cottage entrance, and an old well is softened with dwarf ferns and Euphorbia.
  • Elegant modern garden

    The landscape surrounding this new-build had been levelled during construction, with a driveway the only feature. Onto this empty canvas, a short avenue of fastigiate Hornbeam was planted to partially screen the elegant facade from the road. These are under planted with white Tulips for spring and blue cat mint for summer. An iron balustrade protects a raised terrace at the rear of the site which opens on to a radiating design across three levels of decking, paving and lawns. A cedar hot tub nestles amid a swathe of Pheasant grass while the top of the garden features a small terrace and two Adirondack chairs, enveloped by plantings of Lavender, Roses, hardy Fuchsias and Penstemons.
  • Woodland water garden

    A natural drainage ditch at the edge of woodland provided the inspiration for this pond and garden design. Three pools were moulded into the natural valley created by the ditch, linked by rocky outcrops and cascading water. Planting reflects the watery shady environment with the use of Astilbes, Iris, Ferns and Primula. Giant Gunnera leaves punctuate the planting, giving a bold sculptural effect, while a small thatched summer house and overhanging deck provide a platform for seating and occasional pond dipping. Crossed by several bridges, the water garden culminates in a small stream above which a tree house emerges from a canopy of tree leaves.
  • Walled garden

    This garden was created on a plot of land behind a country house which had been abandoned to shingle and muddy grass. The brief was to design an enclosed space for family entertaining and recreation, with discrete areas for sunbathing, barbequing, eating, and playing. As an additional feature, a pool for pond dipping was added, providing as much pleasure when viewed from inside the house as out. Screening and division of the site was achieved by using clipped pleached hedging, with a loggia against the house offering a shady seating area. Planting combines solid blocks of Clipped box with drifts of grasses, Lavender, ground cover Roses and Hydrangeas.