Here are some of the different types of project that I've been working on recently. If you're thinking
of replanting your garden, or simply filling in for more seasonal interest, I'd love to hear from you.
This garden had already been laid out when
I was asked to come up with a planting plan for the owner, who is a keen gardener herself. I was able to successfully incorporate her collection of rhododendrons and established shrubs with a new range of herbaceous perennials and bulbs.
Then I was invited back to plant up a border in the front garden, too.
This planting scheme was for an 11-and-a-half metre long border divided in half by an oak trellis and gateway. The owner was particularly fond of lavender, so after clearing the original planting, the new plants were chosen to bring greater interest during the summer to a key part of the garden, when it's most in use.
IDEAS AND MOOD BOARDS
The hard landscaping of this garden had just been updated, and the owner was looking for new planting to bring the main border in the rear garden to life. A minimal colour palette was used to heighten the effect, and a structure of cubed Taxus baccata and Nandina domestica selected to provide evergreen interest. A new border was also built in the front garden (by ProperJob of Ampthill) and that was planted with a range of evergreen flowering shrubs, and pollinator-attracting perennials. The decorative aggregate mulch was selected to match the driveway colour.
This is a garden where I work regularly, and together with the owner we've been renovating the garden borders. After clearing the view down the garden, I asked for a list of favourite plants (which is often how things start out) and worked up a plan to introduce more movement and 'waftiness' into the planting.
The owner of this large garden in Ampthill wanted to make some big changes, as they'd been living with it since having moved in.
In the end the project didn't go ahead, but this sketch served its purpose, by flagging up lots of areas in the garden where the owner really wanted to explore all options.
Some areas of the garden can be incredibly frustrating for owners, where nothing seems to work. Putting down ideas, sharing them, and then coming up with a planting solution can make a huge difference, especially when it's at the front of a property. This home, with a shady front border near the house, needed careful soil management and plant selection to really get the wow factor.
The owner of this garden wanted to completely revise the planting, without making too many structural alterations. We decided on a cottage-style approach
to introduce lots of colour, texture and scent. I also installed plants in a tricky strip-shaped border in the front garden, with lavenders, tulips and yew balls.