Thursday 4 October 2018

Planting for Polzeath Garden

The garden before planting and the turf....

The contemporary planting scheme is designed for the hot and sunny location by the coast,  including palms, agapanthus and grasses.



Monday 1 October 2018

Town Garden, Looe

The brief for the design of this awkwardly shaped garden in Looe was for a low maintenance design that solved the problem of different levels and slopes.  The new garden needed to be much more user friendly, with level pathways and seating spaces.  The design also needed to create one cohesive garden that would wrap around the house, instead of two distinct and separate areas.

The back garden 'before', looking down into the triangular corner, full of overgrown plants and weeds.

The 'after' view with new level lawn running off a deck from the house.
The 'before' view from the back garden up the slope into the side garden.

The same view during the build showing new levels and pathway around the house, created by retaining walls
The 'before' view of the side garden and looking towards the front garden.  The large shrubs were removed to open out the space and create more user friendly areas.

A ramp was created to link the lower level by the house up on to the front lawn, so that the client could move a mower around much more easily.
The 'before' view of the front lawn.  The slope made mowing difficult.

A new curving retaining wall allowed the lawn to be levelled up and created the space for the new pathway around the house and into the back garden.  This pathway and curving wall links the front, side and back gardens beautifully.
This 'before' view into the back garden illustrates the very awkward levels that made the garden difficult to use effectively.
Retaining walls brought up the levels and allowing the path to carry on round the house through planting and down to the circular lawn and deck area.

Contemporary fencing, a pergola and large pots all add to the look.
The planting was designed to be low maintenance with evergreens, grasses, some perennials, and importantly, to be beautiful to look at.
The bird bath is a lovely focal point and feature.

A small step down from the lawn allows access to the planting and bird bath.
When the plants fill out next year this garden will look even more stunning.



Tuesday 18 September 2018

Wadebridge Town Garden

The garden space for this contemporary new build site was a complete blank canvas with quite poor stony soil.

The clients wanted the corners of this rectangular plot to disappear, so a pergola on the diagonal creates a gateway into a garden room for the swing-seat, which disguise the corner spot.
A curving path winds its way around the garden so the clients can walk through every part of the garden and access all the planting beds.

A curving lawn lies at the heart of the garden.

A vegetable garden has been created down an offshoot from the main garden.  The pergola, for a vine and golden hop, creates the gateway into the garden, and an olive tree helps to divide off this separate space.
The clients wanted a cottage garden style planting scheme...

Yellow flowered Phlomis, purple Salvia and Euphorbia mellifera, with Phormium in the background...

Nepeta and Iris...

Yellow flowered Achillea...
Climbing, Shrub and Species Roses...

Pale lavender flowered Salvia...

Allium Christophii...

The planting has thrived as the clients made sure they watered regularly throughout the really hot weather.


Even the little pond by the house is starting to look like its always been there.
On a recent visit the clients expressed their delight with the finished result - a  beautiful garden to work in and enjoy all year round.




New Design for Looe Coastal Garden

This is a design for a courtyard style space but in a lovely coastal setting. 
The plan is set on the diagonal to create the illusion of greater depth in the garden and to maximise space.  The planting will reflect the sunny coastal location.

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Contemporary Planting for Constantine Garden

Lots of architectural plants have been used in this garden, along with low maintenance plants suitable for hot and sunny coastal conditions.
This contemporary fencing is a great backdrop for these palms.
Borders cut in the lawn on the diagonal add interest to the rectangular lines of the garden.
White hydrangeas work well with the client's white planters.
Evergreen westringia and ivy are really good low maintenance plants for these planters.
Phormiums with their strappy leaves are fantastic architectural plants.
Trailing rosemary will fill and trail over the edges of these bowls.
Lavender is perfect for hot and sunny borders.
Beautiful planting!