Courtyard Garden. New Build

This garden is for a new build , so the soil was absolutely dreadful, orange clay and flint. The client liked the idea of a circular theme so that’s what I worked with. The whole garden is walled which I think is something of a luxury ! Although being small the down side is that […]

Contemporary Garden , Northchurch

Contemporary Garden , Northchurch

This project was for a builder I know,who wanted to develop his own garden . The garden was on a steep slope and only 13m in length  so  it needed to be terraced.  The brief was that they wanted something very contemporary which led me to use lots of raised beds, rendered walls and steps . I […]

My own garden

We  have lived at our present address for 16 years . When we arrived there was nothing in the garden except the lovely mature pink Hawthorn tree and hedges on all 3 sides, I have since taken the hedges out. Since then I would say the garden has developed into a gardener’s garden, not surprisingly !! […]

Simple garden in Hemel Hempstead

This garden was done on a really tight budget. It was for a retired lady who wanted to enjoy her outdoor space now that she has more time on her hands . No hard landscaping was needed. When I cleared all the weeds from the end of the garden I found all the slabs buried and […]

Front Garden in Kings Langley

This garden was somewhat neglected when I first saw it. My client wanted something easy to look after .   A frequent request ! It it also a popular idea to get rid of a lawn.  The largest box ball was already there in front of the window, which would have been a shame to get […]

Courtyard garden in St Albans

This garden only had minimal work done to it. The lady had aggregate with her washing line in the centre, but she wasn’t happy with it. I kept as many of her own plants as possible, but got rid of most of the aggregate , and matched the paving she already had to replace all […]

Courtyard Garden in Boxmoor

This garden was delightful to work on. A simple design  for a young couple who wanted a garden for entertaining in and to enjoy their outdoor space . I love all the colours in the bricks which I have tied the colours used in the planting together with.  

New Build Garden in the Cotswolds

This site was completely derelict when we went to view it. The builders working on the house did a marvellous job of clearing it for me, they also laid all the paving for me beautifully following the plans I had drawn up. This meant that I was left with the best part- the planting up! […]

Contemporary Space in Leighton Buzzard

This garden was designed for a young couple with no children. It was their first home and they wanted to use the garden for entertaining . The decking is large enough for a dining room table and chairs as well as a bar b q .   The site was typical of a newly built house, the […]

Suburban Garden in Hemel Hempstead

This garden was dominated by a large tree which was replanted after being damaged in a storm.

Family Garden in Abbots Langley

This was a difficult site partly because of its aspect being on a steep slope, but when we came to prepare it it was thick with roots! It was certainly a challenge but a very satisfying project to complete. The customer was delighted. “A courteous and professional service. From the first consultation I was deeply […]

Evergreen Garden in Harpenden

When I went to look at this garden it was tired and dated . The brief was unusual in that the client wanted   an entirely evergreen garden because she comes from South Africa and doesn’t like our seasonal changes. I had great fun designing this garden, I could immediately see that the  lawn could be made circular to fit into […]

Treetops renovation

End of phase 3 It’s all over, pretty much (last bits of snagging ongoing) so it’s time for the obligatory ‘before and after’ video. A big thank you to Barry and his team ( and Jane who designed and planted ( Both are very highly recommended. Phase 3 Day 175 – Drive Last big job […]

Terracing a garden in Hemel Hempstead ( Treetops )

This was a complete re-design of the gardens which surround the house on 3 sides. There had been a lot of building work done so the garden had been neglected for some time. The couple wanted to have enough off road parking for 4 cars and to have an interesting garden to look at. Somebody […]

Summer 2013 – design and plant a low maintenance garden

The brief was to create a garden which is low maintenance, the customers are both at work full time so have little time for their garden. It is the front garden so the couple wanted to come home from work and see a beautiful space to come home to. They were particularly keen to have […]