Small bog border and wildlife pond - Summer 2017

Client brief: a pond, a bog garden, red grasses, red flowers, wildlife.  The site: a 50cm width raised bed, quite windy.   Outcome: I'm pleased with how the grasses move in the wind and can't wait for the bog plants to get growing. The garden looks effective in the evening with the pre-existing up-lighting, and as the plants grow the foliage will cast really interesting shadows on the wall behind. My client has plans for some art to be mounted on the wall as an additional focal point and in the spring a compact red flowered honeysuckle will be planted to add vertical interest and fragrance. 

Planting Designs Summer 2017

Planting Plans - Spring 2017

Garden Renovation - First Stage: Weeding, pruning and rescuing existing plants


Weeds and indistinct boundaries




Less than a month after some careful weeding, pruning and edging, the lovely plants hidden in the garden were revealed.

Next Stage: Planning the planting for the gaps and some elements to improve the garden's flow and accessibility. Watch this space!



Autumn Planting

Order is restored. The weeds have been removed (for now!) and new plants are in place, settling in over the winter, ready for spring

Planting Design proposal

Hertfordshire Garden - replanting  October 2016


The Leylandii hedging was dying out at the base. The soil was depleted of nutrients. Soil improver would need to be incorporated before re-planting with dry shade tolerant plants.




As the Leylandii hedge plants had become tall trees they were no longer fulfilling their role as a privacy screen.





An Acer needed liberating from the trees. 




Willow screening installed by Chris Milner of Milnscapes to wind between the trimmed back Leylandii tree trunks. With the soil improved a selection of dry shade tolerant perennials could be planted.




With privacy secured a golden stemmed bamboo was planted between the Acer and camellia in one of the clients' pots. the lower level planting in between consists of perennials with contrasting foliage shapes and colours. The new turf was edged.




A potted black stemmed bamboo contrasts with the smart white paving and creates a focal point closer to the house.



My winning design for a new outdoor space at RHS Hyde Hall, 2016. A competition judged by Chelsea Gold winner Adam Frost


Planting Designs

Garden Design Project at Writtle College 2016

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