Monday, 27 July 2015

City Terrace

A lovely warm west facing terrace on the top floor of an old warehouse overlooking the city.
The decking was removed and replaced with oversized porcelain tiles set on pedestals to regulate the uneven floor.
The plinth was clad with basalt V-Tiles and coped with a 50mm thick honed granite coping (made from the same stone as the central circle of Stonehenge)
Outside the balustrade we installed powder coated metal containers planted with a boxwood hedge on either end and a panel of sweet box under planted with white agapanthus, helebores and ferns.
The planters were secured to the balustrade with discrete metal brackets. 
To provide some screening to the neighbouring property we installed large powder coated containers planted with mature white flowering camellia. Behind these we insaalled a wooden screen fabricated from Western Red Cedar and painted in a dark grey RAL colour to compliment the planters. An infinity mirror was installed within the screen to reflect and provide continuity to the coping and V-tile treatment
All plantings were irrigated with a simple automatic irrigation system to help prevent dessication in the drying winds.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Prairie style planting in a small garden

We wanted to see if the beautiful Piet Oudolf style of prairie planting would work on a small scale in a small garden location no larger than 4 metres x 4 metres.
These images are from the first year following of planting and combine Echinacea 'White Swan' with Veronica, Eryngium 'Silver Ghost', Fennel and Hakonechola grass.
The central galvanized steel sculpture was chosen by the client and perfectly compliments the organic planting style.

Studentcastle - Cardiff

Upgrading the landscape areas around a modern student accomodation facility in South Wales.
Over scale white polypropylene pots were planted with a low carpet of boxwood and placed beside the doors to reception to identify this within the arrivals area. The pots are illuminated internally at night.

Tow of the existing beds were planted with a dense mass of young Silver Birch under planted with helebores, Pachysandra and ferns. The soil was dressed with a course grade bark.

A sculpture garden of different sized boxwood spheres was planted directly outside reception. These were under planted with Agapanthus for summer colour .

Other beds on the site were planted with a vibrant mix of hot summer flowering Helenium mixed with Cornus Winterfire for winter colour.

Panels of dark blue Agapanthus and Geranium Johnsons Blue were introduced in drifts amongst existing Viburnum tinus and Hebe 'Sutherlandii, to improve summer colour.

All beds were dressed with a fine composted bark mulch to help water retention and disguise the poor soil left by the developers.

Monday, 3 November 2014

A nice planting scheme for a shady basement installed last week.
Floor tiled in traditional Victorian black and white tiles, mirrored in the wall lattice.
Bespoke versailles planted with evergreen ferns and boxwood topiary.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Central  London courtyard garden built over an underground carpark giving weight restrictions to the scheme

slatted timber fence to screen the fencing provided by the developers and unify the scheme

existing raised beds coped in bull nosed York stone and reshaped to make the area more usable

raised deck to accommodate hot tub and a storage unit for the BBQ.
Top of unit contains a herb garden.

cream coloured clay pots planted with large Japanese Maples provide screening to the neighbouring property.
Set within Harts Tongue ferns and Breedon gravel

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

over sized black clay pots planted with large boxwood spheres provide a backcloth to the dining area.
Teak table with a contemporary white glass top and chairs with cane seats

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Outdoor shower

A beautiful stainless steel outdoor shower installed beside the hot tub in this inner city garden

Nice contemporary garden under construction in richmond

Fire place structure has been built, and oversized york stone flags delivered ready to lay.
Infrastructure of electrical, gas and irrigation services have been laid around the garden


fire place installed and in operation 

pleached trees provide screening for the properties beyond and an enclosure for the dining area whilst leaving an open feel to the garden

Friday, 27 June 2014

Cottage garden planting in the formal garden are developing under the careful management of the site gardeners.
The Nepeta is cut back each year in late May to provide a second flush in late summer

Containerised Poolside Planting - Oxfordshire

A collection of Italian terracotta planted with traditional topiaries and Agapanthus to reinforce and enhance the corner of this terrace

Cottage Garden Oxfordshire

A new metal gate set within a yew hedge provides a welcome replacement to the brick wall which excluded the garden beyond

A small courtyard garden in central London
 enhanced with slatted panel screens and a much needed storage unit. Existing walls were coped with york stone and underlit with LED lighting

dramatic sun yellow painted slatted screen on the right hand side of the garden to compliment the interior colours and the fruit on the specimen Eribothryia.  

Friday, 27 September 2013

A Sedum roof laid over a new car port to help screen the structure from a neighbouring property located uphill.
Tall black stemmed bamboo were also planted in our clients property to screen the neighbours house.

Friday, 25 January 2013

We used an unusual combination of flat drystone walling and silver Birch retaining logs used to create a low wall in this north London garden.
Subsequent planting included structural evergreens, prairie style grasses and herbaceous plants to create a loose natural effect.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Front Garden and Driveway - South London

This beautiful front garden was created for a pair of stylish designers living in a unique detached house in South London.
Parking was important so the central area was left clear and paved in random Yorkstone with inset strips of granite cobbles.
Screening on the left hand side was achieved using pleached hornbeam trees underplanted with yew hedge and panels of evergreen jasmine.
The colourful 'prarie' style bed on the right hand side includes Echinacea, Helianthum, Calamagrostis grass and brich wigwams of runner beans and yellow squash. 

Monday, 13 February 2012

A central London terrace on a new residential development prior to redesigning

The new scheme using hardwood decking inset with hardwood 'cobble' detail. Container planting in bespoke clay planters using strong structural evergreens.
Each container is uplit with a low voltage warm white LED lamp recessed flush into the deck