Thursday 29 August 2019

A Country Garden

Half of this large country garden in a village near Camel Valley Vineyard had been an old concrete yard with workshops, a garage and an old wall  The usable garden space and old lawn badly needed new life breathing into them.

The brief was to connect the two halves of the garden, to create a gentle garden with 'rooms', soft and lush planting for clients who loved to garden, a vegetable garden, a garden that connected with the countryside around it.  Also the steep drive up to the yard area was to be removed, this area becoming part of the garden.

The design had to take into account several areas within the garden, as well as existing trees, a new shed, and an old greenhouse.

The concrete yard before work started...

The old wall dividing the two parts of the garden - work already started, knocking through the wall and creating a terrace...

The new shed with all the scrub land that would become the vegetable garden.
A new deck and raised veg beds.

Borders on both sides of the dividing wall disguise and soften it...

The new gap in the wall, with a pergola, creates access between the two garden areas and 'rooms' in which to sit.  The pergola is planted and softened with climbing roses.

Pergolas, raised planting beds, and lush borders create different areas in which to sit.
The old lawn is shaped with curves and edged with setts to define it. 

You enter the terrace under a pergola clothed in roses.

The terrace sits amid borders on three sides and lawn on the fourth.

The steep old drive is terraced into garden rooms.

Grassed, perennials and herbs mingle together, working well with the gravelled areas.

The old greenhouse has a new gravelled and edged walkway around it to make access easier and to smarted up the space.

The existed conifer hedge has become a backdrop to a seating area and is softened by the borders and a pergola.

The planting a season or two on is now well and truly established and truly completes this gardens transformation.  It is the most beautiful space.

Formal Elegance, Bodmin

A simple but elegant plan for a neglected space not making the most of its potential.  The plan is designed around an existing summer house, large tree and formal steps coming down from the house.

Simple sketch illustrating the design.


And after...

This picture shows all the design elements.

This sett circle emphasises the grandeur of the main steps to the house.

An amazing transformation!

Thursday 30 May 2019

Gorgeous Planting in Wadebridge

These lovely plants have been chosen for a front garden planting scheme in Wadebridge and are just waiting to be planted up....

A mix of grasses, perennials and evergreens...

The striking blue of scilla with stipa in the background...

A lovely combination of knautia and sisyrinchum...

This pretty white and blue cornflower really stands out...

And libertia will provide a real focal point.

Monday 20 May 2019

Designs and Planting Plans for Garden near Falmouth

Designs and planting plans for two side-by-side front gardens.  
One garden is quite formal to suit the style of the house, and the other is designed to create swathes of planting enclosing small seating spaces.

The pathways and seating circles are designed to be in granite setts.  The planting in both is a mix of perennials and grasses with a framework of shrubs.

This plan for the sloping 'field garden' sets out ideas for planting, seating areas, a summer house, and pathways through the garden to the new pond.

This is the plan for the formal walled garden adjacent to the main house. 

Photos of the finished gardens to follow soon...

New Planting Plans

Planting Plans for a sunny garden at Pendoggett.  
A mix of redesigning the planting for existing borders and creating brand new borders as well.

Friday 1 February 2019

Garden Diary, January 2019, Before the Snow!

The late January sun brought these lovelies into bloom...



A sleeping, winter sunbathing beauty...


Aeonium and succulents soaking up winter rays...

Winter Jasmin flowers...

Trailing Rosemary in bloom...

Looking forward to spring proper now...

St Merryn Village Garden

The clients of this new-build cottage wanted a design for a low maintenance garden with lots of seating space.  The design divides the garden into different areas or 'rooms' with blocks of lawn, slate paving, and gravel.  Borders run around the garden providing planting that will clothe and soften the fence. 

A pergola with climbers will run across the garden, giving some height interest and reinforcing the division of the areas.

The contemporary planting includes palms, agapanthus and grasses.

More images later in the year to show how the plants have filled out and established...