A Steep Garden
A dramatic transformation from a dangerous bank strewn with rubble and flints to an easily accessible and beautiful garden. This was the site of a brick pit, which meant that the soil was clay and easily transformed into healthy soil, now enjoyed by a rich variety of plants. The gradient is 40 degrees and there are two flights of steps from the lawn leading to level paths which meander around the bank, linked by short flights of steps. It is still a dizzying drop from the top of the bank but now my clients have a wonderful view and they've doubled the useful area of their garden.
A family garden with a natural swimming pond
For this large barn conversion in the Chilterns I designed a natural swimming pond which is central to the family’s outdoor living.
The curves of both the pond and the terrace suggest expanding ripples which draw one naturally outside. Throughout the year one can enjoy the reflections in the water, the wildflower meadows and the sun setting over the woodland beyond.
The pond is deep enough for diving at one end and there is a paddling area at the other. Safety is ensured by an electronic alarm system, avoiding the need for unsightly fencing.
A substantial oak pergola with built in seating beneath offers shade. Materials, such as the oak pergola and brick and knapped flint in the terrace and walls relate to the local building style.
A New Forest garden with ebullient planting
This farm garden reflects the clients’ love of colour and drama. The planting is bold and vivid around the upper lawn. The lower level is calmer with a circular lawn surrounded by plants in soft colours. The two are separated visually by a screen of tall grasses. The lower level feels secluded and includes an oak gazebo, clothed with rambling roses.
The orchard has been enhanced with wildflowers and is alive with insects.
A cobble and brick terrace beneath an oak pergola is inspired by New Forest shingle, clay and woodland.
A formal garden of rooms with woodland and meadow
This large village garden was neglected and overgrown but the lie of the land suggested this design to me. The garden naturally subdivided into formal “rooms” which I have defined with clipped yew hedging. Despite the formal layout the planting is naturalistic and exuberant.
A path leads from a seat across formal lily pond with stepping stones, through an inviting aperture in the hedge, to the woodland beyond the enclosed lawn.
The main York stone terrace has generous proportions and wide paths are overhung with soft and billowing plants.
There is a mown path winding through the woodland, around a wildlife pond, and passing sculptures and objets trouve en route to a meadow and orchard.
Award winning new garden in a Grade II listed setting
This garden unifies the contemporary house with its historic setting. The site was formerly a traditional vegetable garden which included a fine example of the serpentine or crinkle crankle wall in cob, fruit trees and old box hedges. The design links these curvaceous forms with the sharp angles of the modern house.
Salisbury Civic Society awarded this garden a Commendation.
A Silver Award Winning Garden
The unusual brief for this garden was that it should be “multifunctional, formal and precise” suitable for both for outdoor parties and occasional car parking. Besides this, it needed to be enjoyable for both clients, one of whom is in a wheelchair. Enclosed as it is with high boundary walls and south facing, this Mediterranean inspired design meets the brief with raised beds and water feature, steps manageable by a strong wheelchair user, and varied textures of paving.
An award winning garden for plant lovers
My clients are enthusiastic gardeners who wanted their sloping garden to include space for outdoor entertaining, level lawns for children’s games and, of course, plenty of plants. Crisp, contemporary paving, relaxed steps, walls comfortable for casual seating, and several interconnected spaces make the most of the gradient in this family garden.
An award-winning formal garden for a renovated property
This detached house has been completely refurbished by its present owners. The front garden is to reflect the period of the house while the back garden is simple and formal, with a large level lawn, paths, vegetable plot and places to sit.
A country garden
A fine pergola of brick and timber creates a sense of enclosure and shelter. There is a wonderful view over the river and water meadows from the dining area. Soft billowing planting is harmonious cool tones unites the garden with the open landscape beyond.
A garden of woodland and meadow
Not only did this garden need to unify the fine contemporary house, garden and wider landscape there were two extremes within the garden: a tall established woodland belt and open flat space with grazed meadows beyond. The design achieves this with swathes of perennial plants and grasses inspired by roadside verges, wildflower meadow, and winding paths through woodland plants. In addition, there is a fruit and vegetable plot, a paved space for outdoor dining enclosed by low retaining walls, and a secluded sunbathing space surrounded by tall grasses but open to the spectacular views.
A Town Courtyard
Though small there is space in this garden for outdoor dining and creative use of a potentially awkward change in level. Full planting softens the hard surfaces and brings vitality, colour and scent to the garden. The materials used – brick, stone and flint – echo those of the house.
Family Holiday Home
A holiday home for a young family, this garden is designed to provide outdoor dining space, a football pitch, sunken trampoline pit, and a vegetable plot - all in a garden of clean lines and beautiful planting. Being close to the sea, shelter is afforded by the woven oak fences and the gradient is accommodated by banks of plants and shallow steps. Several forms of the local Purbeck stone are represented here: smooth sawn and natural split paving, gravel and guillotine cropped walling.
Little Manor Care Home
This is a sloping site which is now accessible by the very elderly and frail residents, many of whom are in wheelchairs. There are many routes around the garden and places to sit for the residents and their visitors. Planting is designed to be appreciated by those with poor eyesight and from the windows, and to attract wildlife which the residents love to watch.
Quaker Meeting House
The brief from this Grade II listed Quaker meeting house garden was for an enclosed, contemplative, tranquil space. The circular design means it can be used for outdoor meetings for worship. Plants were chosen for their historic associations with the Quaker plant hunters in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and Quaker plant nurseries and breeders.
This garden is registered with the Quiet Garden Movement and is open to the public.
This garden was a finalist in the community gardens category of the Society of Garden Designers’ Award scheme.
A Contemporary Garden Linking to the Open Country
The brief here was for a contemporary garden using traditional materials, with a site for a large abstract sculpture, a moving water feature, shelter from both sun and strong south westerly winds whilst retaining the open views, and low maintenance planting. The design is geometric, using strong curves combined with squares. Structural hedges define the shapes, whilst providing shelter and an element of surprise. A raised pond is simply planted with architectural plants and water slides down a dressed stone slab. An oak pergola shades the house from the sun. The garden merges into the meadow beyond with a sweep of wildflowers.