2013 has been a busy year with a variety of new design projects from large country gardens to small gardens in towns, from an Arts and Crafts style garden with a planting scheme inspired by Gertrude Jeykll to redesigns of borders in cottage gardens.
This year has also seen three designs from 2012 finalised on the ground with one of the gardens using materials such as artificial grass and composite non timber decking – materials specified by the client, but ones that I have not used before.
Here is a selection of images of recent work.
Composite decking and artificial turf with timber raised beds
Circular lawns and curvy paths
Diagonal design to make a triangular garden look larger
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In late 2010 I was asked by a group of local gardeners who open their gardens under the NGS Yellow Book scheme, to design a new community flower border for their local Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council.
In my previous career I worked in public parks and open spaces and knew well the problems that can affect publicly accessible planting schemes.
I therefore designed the border to provide year round colour and interest and incorporated plants that are easily maintained to keep ongoing costs to a minimum for the Parish Council.
Whether designing borders for a private garden or a public space such as this the application of established design principles are the same!
The border situated on the junction of the busy A38 and Braces Lane near Bromsgrove was planted by Council contractors during 2011.
This commission was for a professional couple and their young family who wanted distinct areas for varying family activities.
The period property had been recently been extended by the addition of a modern extension and as well as accommodating distinct areas for adults and children the brief included providing a new paved terrace giving a seamless transition from the inside to the outside.
Hard landscaping -gravel paths, circular paved seating area and terrace are now complete
Structural evergreen planting – circular Prunus lusitanica hedge, Liquidamber and Betula utilis Jaquemontii trees and evergreen shrubs planted in October
Herbaceous perennials – to be planted Spring 2012