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Garden design- what you can do in a small space

After removing 60 tonnes of soil and clay down 15 steep steps we put this Hot Tub to bed!

By using curved paths and varying the stone we used with a thinner Dutch brick we were able to make a dramatic difference to this back garden. The plants will come out soon and when you are in the Hot Tub the plants will form a subtle cocoon around your head.

For height we went for a Weeping Birch, Weeping Cherry, Malus Red Sentinel and Sorbus Pink Pagoda. Even in small gardens it is important to be bold with planting trees. If you choose the right one they will add weight and grace to the upper canopy and give the space more of a timeless feel.

I look forward to showing you this garden at the end of summer.

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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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Garden Design Transformation

Believe it or not we only finished the garden three months ago but because of the warm Autumn the smaller 2 litre Perennial flowers have grown and blossomed!




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Garden Design in Brighton-Before and After

A while back this space apparently used to be Lord Sackville's tennis courts.
(Sackville of Sackville Rd) . Then it became a neglected suburban garden full of Bay trees.

My clients wanted their garden to be a social space both for adults and children, with lots of colour yet low on maintenance.

We designed the seating area around a Corten Steel fire pit with lovely golden Cedar wood to match the house and the Summer house. We decided on a deep grey to offset both the wood and the greenery. Two pendulous Birch trees give atmosphere and a third dimension to the area without obscuring light.

We used Corten steel edging of the lawn to link the whole garden together.

Planting around the seating area has a 'mound' theme of Pittisporum Tom thumb and Pittisporum Golf Balls with taller more languid planting bursting through like Fennel, Crocosmia Red Devil, Phlomis italics, Stipa gigantic and Lobelia Queen Victoria.


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Garden Design using Japanese Principles

When I first arrived in this garden an old raised bed and broken up pond met me.

However, overarching the area was a beautiful apple tree.

My clients wanted a peaceful garden where they could relax and entertain friends and family and yet they wanted a loose and open feeling as their garden bordered onto the open expanse of a neighbour's lawn.

I thought of how the Japanese create microcosm gardens that reference a greater landscape and how the apple could be the Queen of the Valley.

After we filled in the old pond and cleared the old rockery we replenished the soil and reused the stones to create a mountainside feeling with aged stones in natural formations.

We used three good sized Japanese Acers to form a middle canopy and then lots of Japanese woodland plants like Hakonechloa as ground cover.
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