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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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Front Garden Design

The whole front garden was just shingle onto of old brick and concrete. The worse the garden the better for me as the transformation is that much more delightful.

My clients wanted a front garden design that would compliment and enhance the front of their newly renovated house. They still wanted an area to drive into the property to park and they wanted the bed to be very low maintenance.

I separated the drive area from the garden with a mixed evergreen hedge and a bespoke black metal arch to match the curve of the arch over the doorway and the metal trim pattern on the house.

A Cretian water pot bubbles away as they have their breakfast in the sunny morning space to the left of the front of the house.

Using shingle, 20mm white york, allows them to access the plants effortlessly, keep the weeds down to a bare minimum and allow a feeling of space and light in the front. 

I choose Cercis, Japanese Acer and Amelanchier lemarkii for the feature trees as they will hold their shape and not create any dense shade.

We used Euonymous Green Rocket to line the front path to avoid disease prone Buxus. Plus it has a dynamic upward growth habit which definitely adds to the front.

Draft plan.
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This pond in East Sussex had such a lovely curve at the approach end from the house that I decided to extend the design of the new decking over the pond and follow the curve for one end to the other.

Once the wood silvers in colour it will look like it has always been there. 

Large sways of ornamental grasses and perennial plants will link up the pond to the house and create a real journey from the courtyard garden of the back of the house to the pond, whereas at the moment thee is just lawn.

Paradoxically a large lawn can make a garden feel limited in size whereas curved borders full of rich planting, variation in heights and divided up spaces can evoke mystery and on going exploration. This slows down time, whereas an expanse of lawn can limit oneself to the time it takes to mow it!

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Garden design blending different styles into a natural Whole

This garden design, which we implemented this February, aims at creating what you might find in an hour walking in the countryside, into a single space.

We extended the patio and made new brick planters with more formal planting.

We created a formal lawn from high quality turf and in the remainer of the large lawn area we seeded with acid perennial wildflowers and an annual cornflower mix. This wildflower meadow will flow down the garden and on the right hand side reach a new wildlife pond.

Behind the pond we planted the dark green Portuguese Laurel to v=create an atmospheric grove with Spiribolos grass in front of that that will empty in frothy plumes over the decking at the back.

Paths will be created though the wildflowers with a lawn mower during the year.

From the pond a bark chip path flows into a newly planted woodland area.

We planted thousands of Bluebells, Snowdrops and Aconites which will come into their own next Spring.

Around the Black Bamboo we dug in a root barrier membrane and used a delicate black rope to tidy up the branches which tended to spread out all over the space.

In summary the design blends in formal, wildflower, contemporary decking and traditional woodland. We especially used different styles of planting, and plants that would transition from one style to the next, the unify the whole composition.

BEFORE


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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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