Armchair gardening

Kate Spray ( Garden Designer) has written a helpful article for Berrie Garden Design  to help us make the best of winter plants. Now is the perfect time to reassess your garden and make a plan. Without all the deciduous growth that arrives in spring, it is easier to...

A guide to planters

A Guide to Planters When decorating your home plant pots are often an afterthought, but choosing the right planters can set the theme of your property by either subtly complimenting its features or even creating a striking focal point. In recent years the search for...

Lighting in the garden

Extend the use of your garden with low voltage plug & play garden lighting. Low voltage plug and play garden lighting So what is low voltage plug & play garden lighting? Quite simply it’s a 12V system that consists of a transformer, a mains cable and garden...

Favourite resources from 2014 …so far

Versatile,elegant,practical paving Paving can be one of the most expensive items of a design. The stone and tray drain covers for this garden in my portfolio were sourced from  London Stone Company Self watering planters One of the most common problem with planters is...

Small town garden

Before photo of the area outside the house.No seating area. After photo of the area outside the house. Note the grapevine on the right has been retained. The deck was installed by Earthcare. Before - the garden borders were overgrown with plants which provided little...

Plant design in the Spring

Bleeding hearts and blue bells looking stunning in the shade. This garden was designed and built a year ago and the spring flowers are gorgeous. In the same garden as the one above I planted this combination of dark tulips and alliums and the combination is stunning....

Winter cheer

Here is a fantastic example of the vibrant colours of Dogwoods ( Cornus) at RHS Wisley One of my busy clients asked me to cheer up her existing troughs and hanging baskets. The designs worked well and brought a clean fresh look to the front of the house. This is one...

Lawn reshapes and added planting for colour all year

Both these gardens had an existing lawn and they were reshaped in different ways to give interest to the garden but also to allow maximum space for children to use. The planting accommodated shady and sunny aspects of the garden and trees were added to give height,...

GARDEN SURFACES

Garden surfaces can make or break the design of a garden. I have been dealing with a few gardens in the last few weeks where the clients have not always found it easy to select the best surface.  Factors to consider when selecting a surface are the style of the garden...

Trees for year round interest

Trees are beautiful and graceful in a garden of any size. They add structure and a sense of instant maturity to a garden. Yet, when we think of planting our gardens up, we often forget to include trees into the design. Trees are also useful as they attract beneficial...

Gardens which bloom all year round

The typical English cottage garden filled with pretty, delicate, colourful flowers is often the dream of many gardeners. However, this kind of garden is high maintenance, has high watering demands and it means that you will have an empty garden with no structure...