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Transformation- Before and After the Garden Design in Brighton

June is a productive month to revisit gardens that we have designed and built, especially when the work was done in Winter or early Spring. During that time plants arrivde and once planted the perennials could only be noticed by a few small sticks. It takes all my efforts to assure clients that there is more to come!

In this garden the overriding design theme was tranquility. We choose woodland plants to suit the large Cedar in the back garden. At the back the clients wanted a more open prairie feel so we used Sesleria autumnal and because the soil was heavy clay we planted them onto little mounds to prevent their roots standing in water.



The client did a lovely mosaic pattern on the concrete bed bath which can be seen at the end of the path.
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Cloud Pruned Olive Trees and phosphorescent Tulips

We completely cleared this small Brighton courtyard, laid grey Indian sandstone and brought in three cloud pruned Olive trees. (It was a miracle we got them through the house.)

On the steps we used a bespoke ornamental tile and the Olives are underplanted with Allium Purple Sensations, Libertia peregrinas, Geranium White-ness, Verbena bonsariensis and Gaura. This underplanting will take over from the Alliums to provide lasting summer and Winter interest.


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Great Dixter- more photos from an intriguing garden

In my last blog I gave some background to Great Dixter.

One striking element to the gardens is both the house and strong, dark greens of the Yew topiary. They provide a strong tonal background to the frothier temporal planting of perennials and annuals.

This garden is also well known for its use of rare plants and unusual combinations.

They beds are saturated in planting detail and even though the gardens are not big one can spend hours there immersed in each 'garden room'.


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Great Dixter- A garden designer's delight

Just to cheer you up with a dose of green I found these photos of Great Dixter's garden that I took last Summer.

Great Dixter was built by Edwin Lutyens in 1910 in the Arts and Crafts style as an ad on to a 15th Century farm house.

It was his son, Christopher Lloyd who created the innovative gardens that the house is now famous for.

In 2006 Fergus Garrett took over as Head Gardener and he has carried on the experimental, out of the box planting choices and schemes in the spirit of Christopher Lloyd.

I love the Giant Fennel, Ferula communis, and can't wait till I find a garden to plant it in.

I'll be posting more photos in my next blog.

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Garden Design- Japanese style woodland in Hove

We balanced the bright white paths with large limestone rocks, and lush woodland planting like Blechnum spicant, Hellebores, Epimedium and some Armeria maritima.

The two green wrapped columns are Australian tree ferns which we are ready to disrobe as soon as the weather improves.

In the far back of the garden we have planted Sesleria and Dog daisies to soften the picture and provide a backdrop of movement when the breeze picks up.

Japanese acres are dotted about and will blaze with their spring and Autumn colour and give some height under the canopy of this magnificent Cedar tree.



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