Wednesday 6 September 2017

Polzeath Garden, Late Summer

The planting for this garden was designed to reflect the coastal vegetation and thrive in the coastal conditions.

The planting includes grasses, santolina, ballota, nepeta and helichrysum, amongst others.
The artificial turf looks amazing - more than a match for those pesky rabbits!
The gently sloping path from the terrace down to the sunken patio.
The beautiful seat is in smooth curving slate.
The sunken circle provides a private and sheltered seating area.
Planting pockets soften the paving.
I love this colourful sedum thriving in the slate.

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Looe Town Garden

This garden in Looe was a lovely space but had no colour or interest.  It had a bare lawn, some overgrown shrubs and a hedge....viewed from the clients' balcony above it was very boring...
The design had to provide colour and interest, smaller lawn space, give access to an existing shed, and deal with a significant level change...

During the build...

Following completion of the landscaping...what a complete transformation!
A central planting bed with a water bowl and water lily provide a real focal point to the garden...

Agapanthus are planted around the bowl...

Tumbled limestone sett edging defines the gravel paths and borders, as well as framing the new smaller lawns...

New borders wrap around and soften the existing patio's hard edge...

A new pergola with climbers provides interest to the existing steps that take you down to the gardens' lower level...

The existing laurel hedge was kept and pruned as it provides a lovely green backdrop to the garden...

To finish some lovely words from the clients' say it all...
"Our existing garden was drab and colourless.  We wanted a garden with colour, low maintenance and pleasing on the eye.  This is exactly what Sarah has given us.  We are delighted with all aspects of the garden.  Sarah has managed the whole project from design through to planting, with further advice for maintenance.  Thank you."

Friday 11 August 2017

Stylish Minimalism

  This is how a garden tucked away near Mount looked before it was transformed with a very stylish and contemporary, low maintenance design and planting plan....

It was cleared and completely re-landscaped, giving the clients lots of seating, and sunbathing space.

The existing walling and terraced levels were kept but remodelled and revamped.

The planting is designed to be low maintenance and in keeping with the garden's surroundings.
The planting scheme is designed to cope with sun and shade and includes several Acers.


Contemporary Plan for Devon Garden

Clients who moved from Looe to Devon have commissioned a design to be built alongside their contemporary house renovation.  The design covers all the garden space around the house.  The largest space being the front garden will become the main garden, with seating,  a raised planter which will screen off the drive, a sculptural wall, lawn and curving planting beds.  The planting will include grasses and perennials and architectural plants.

Wednesday 7 June 2017

St Neot Garden Planting

The clients at St Neot wanted to create a garden out of a sloping raised area, behind and  curving around the house. 
The design.
The client undertook the landscaping himself, after which the planting went in.
Low maintenance planting with palms, lavender, grasses, rosemary and poppies amongst many others.

This is a lovely sunny spot and the plants have been chosen to suit the site.

The plants in the lower raised bed have some shade from the wall behind, and include Hellebore, Astelia and Astrantia.


Mousehole Contemporary Courtyard

The planting is now complete in the Mousehole garden (see previous blog post for 'before' photos).  The clients needed low maintenance planting, which had to have a contemporary feel to match the style of the landscaping.  Palms, Agapanthus and Astelia are some of the plants used.

Trachycarpus and Agapanthus add interest to the vintage tubs by the door.
Raised beds divide the long garden into different 'rooms'.

Astelias fill the contemporary square planters.
A low dilapidated wall has been rebuilt to divide the lawn from the rest of the garden, and wide enough to act as a seat.  A border for Echiums and palms is sheltered by the wall.

A slate path has a dual purpose, acting as an access path to the bottom of the garden
and as a French drain for the rainwater run off from the neighbours unguttered old barn.

This courtyard is an amazingly sunny hot spot right in the heart of the village, so the plants should thrive.   It almost looks Mediterranean!




Padstow Family Garden

The turf is now down and all the landscaping completed (see the before photos in the previous blog post). The new steps take you up into the garden. The oil tank has been disguised with trellis for climbers.
The new path winds up the slope through the lawn and past a new circular bed for an existing Acer that the client wanted to keep in position.
The old wall has been transformed as a raised bed for roses, that is the backdrop for the new terrace.
The new terrace leads out into the rest of the garden and is surrounded by borders.
The greenhouse has been given a new lease of life with a timber retaining wall pushing back the ground level to create a new wide path around the greenhouse, and raised borders for herbs.

At the back of the greenhouse timber steps take advantage of the raised level, and take the path up the top corner of the garden, allowing the client to walk a complete circuit of the garden by pathway.
The old concrete path needed to stay in place because of pipework beneath but has been transformed by paving.

The old dilapidated veg beds have been replaced with contemporary timber veg boxes with a pergola for climbers.

The client now has their wish, to be able to plant up a garden in their own time and putting in all their favourite foliage plants for flower arranging.
What a beautiful space to be able to do this in!