Completed Designs

Residential Garden - Surrey

Completed Designs

Residential Garden - Surrey

Completed Designs

Residential Garden - Bethnal Green

To this...

A number of shrubs were removed from the border but the majority of the established shrubs were retained and shaped to bring them into the new planting design.  New plants have been introduced including a range of perennials, such as Digitalis, Euphorbia, Anemone and Salvia, softened by Hakonchloa and Calamagrostis grasses.  For the shady sections under the trees, soft ferns have been planted and new shrubs have been introduced to eventually provide structure and screening.

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To this...

An easy care garden with granite patio pavers laid towards the house and an Iroko deck installed at the rear.  A new lawn laid with perennial and shrub borders to the edges.  Wooden panels fixed to the walls to the rear and remaining fence panels painted to bring the whole design together with the house. Subtle lighting installed to allow the space to be used during the evenings.

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From this...

A much loved family garden needed some colour and structure to the long border at the end of the garden.  South-West orientated, the border is mainly in dappled shade due to the surrounding mature trees.  A carefully selected planting palate was designed to obtain colour and interest throughout the year, as well as to withstand the odd frisby or two.  

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The Future

As the border evolves, the planting will mature and additional plants will be added to ensure that the border is full without it becoming congested.  Spring bulbs, such as snowdrops, bluebells and paper white daffodils will be planted in swathes throughout the border to bring it to life after the winter. The bright lime green of the euphorbia and the fresh blades of Hakonechloa will signal the end of spring, followed by early summer bursts of colour from Wegelia, followed by the Digitalis and the Salvia.  In late summer, the anemone will brighten the borders fading when the autumn leaves start to fall.  The Cornus shrubs will show their vibrant red stems which will be rivalled by the autumn display of the Bloodgood Acer.  In winter, Daphne and Camillia will bring much needed colour and intoxicating scent to the garden.

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From this...

A long neglected, north facing walled garden which had become overgrown.  The new owners felt that the garden was dark and under utilised and decided to make a change.

To this...

Helping the client to draw up a design, a seating area with storage was introduced and a feature wall of glass and patterned tiles were used to bring a fresh new dimension to the garden.  

Stepping out from the kitchen directly onto a pathway, the pavers are surrounded by Ophiopogon japonicus 'Minor' to provide the look of grass without the maintenance of regular grass.  The pavers are flanked by two borders filled with a variety of Ferns, Hostas, Agapanthus, Hebe, Bergenia, Lysimachia, Salvia, Polygonatum, Acanthus and Panicum grass.  To the rear, scented plants encapsulate the seating area using Thymus and Lavandula. Carex grasses run along the back of the seating area and Passiflora is trained on wires across the upper wall.

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The Future

The garden is work in progress.  Due to the challenges of creating a garden during the summer of 2020, plants have not been readily available and have needed to be ordered.  The outcome is that the planting has been a staggered process. 

The planting has taken really well (thanks to the client for preparing the borders in advance) and once all the planting is in place, it will be a joy to watch this garden evolve over time.

The landscape construction was expertly completed by World Land Design, London.  Plants were supplied by North Hill Nurseries, Surrey and Provdender Nurseries, Kent.  

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An overgrown, poorly landscaped space. North facing so very little light received in the winter months.

The Planting Plan

Using VectorWorks Landmark, a planting plan was created to map out the locations of the plants within the borders.  

 

The plants are plotted using their eventual sizes so as not to overcrowd the border in later years when the plants have settled and grown to their full size.  Bulbs such as Allium have been planted in the gaps in between to bring colour and interest to the border in the late spring.

A full maintenance plan was created using the Shoot Gardening (www.shootgardening.co.uk) Garden Management system.  Each month, an e-mail is sent to the client to remind them on what action needs to be taken for each plant in the garden.  

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Completed Designs

Residential Garden - Surrey
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From this...

After removing an old pond and a dead Cornus, this area of the garden required a new cost effective planting scheme.  Situated under mature trees, in a shade section of the garden, plants such as Pulmonaria had happily self-seeded and a group of grasses had survived.  

To this...

Using a mix of plants which are dry shade tolerant, the border has been transformed into a woodland delight.  Using plants such as Helleborus, Tiarella, Digitalis, Anemone, Cyclamen, various ferns and spring bulb planting, this area will provide interest throughout the year.

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The Future

Overtime, the plants will spread covering the soil and filling the space with wonderful textures and a subtle colour palate.  

In order to keep the costs low, plants (such as the Anemone) were divided and moved from other parts of the garden.  The Pulminaria has been re-positioned to create a block and in the spring, the existing grasses will be divided and distributed to other sections of this border.  

Plants were kindly supplied by North Hill Nurseries, Surrey.

The Planting Plan

Using VectorWorks Landmark, a planting plan was created to show the client where the new plants would be positioned.  This particular planting project retained plants existing in the border already and the plan detailed on the right shows where the new plants would be situated and how they would work with the existing plants.  

Again, the plan used plants at their eventual size so as not to overcrowd the border once the plants reach full maturity.

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