Planting & Design Portfolio

Emma had an interesting project

A big existing raised sleeper bed , split into 3 raised squares– originally planted with vegetables and now completely overgrown.  She wanted it turned into a Cottage Style Country Garden.  Packed with lots of colour.

I suggested rather than plant the entire bed, lets create a simple focal point in the middle square so that the surrounding cottage style really stands out.

I membraned & gravelled the middle section using cream pea gravel and mounted a simple rusted iron sphere on a slab of slate then planted the cottage garden around it incorporating a mass of coloured perenials but also ornamental grasses and shrubs to give both shape and structure.  Plus in winter, when all the flowers are cut down, there’s still something to see.

To add a bit of structural height I also incorporated a rusted iron obelisk at each end for clematis to grow up.

Using planting to screen neighbours

Nikki & Andy were over looked by the neighbours.

They get on fine but just wanted a little more privacy but how to solve it?  A 15’ hedge or Fence would have looked like the Berlin Wall so I used a planting solution instead.  These 3 small Rowan Trees are ideal.  These will fill out and form a low density screen for their garden. Rowan are small trees perfect for blotting out eyesores (and neighbours windows) or adding height and structure to an other wise low vists garden.  They grow red or yellow berries but their advantage is they naturally grow into a small tree – you don’t fall into the common pitfall of that wonderful term ‘well it was only small when I planted it’ phrase I hear so often when clients plant beasts like Eycalyptus, Certain species of Silver Birch, Lelandii and the like in small gardens!

Sarah Bath

Sarah has a lovely house but the lawn was totally out of control.  Pitted and rutted it was impossible to mow.  She parks the car at the bottom of the garden and hates having to look at it and the industrial estate behind is an eyesore…..what shall we do? Hmmmm