Shady retreats…

I’m often asked to design for areas that don’t get full sun. Turning an unloved empty space into a shady retreat is very satisfying, and it’s amazing how a dank corner can be transformed with a positive attitude and the right plants….

My own garden in the woods:

Shady poolside area

My garden, which is surrounded by woodland, is mainly filled with foliage plants; Hostas, Acers, Bamboo, Astilbe…..with shrubs like Fatsia japonica, Hydrangea and Viburnums providing the backbone. I’ve snuck a few conifers in too…

Acers, hostas and fatsia….

An Uplyme Holiday let:

I designed and built these raised beds in empty corner of a holiday let garden  – now a seating place in dappled light for the visitors. No ‘before’ pic sadly but you’ll have to take my work for it, there really was nothing there!

Corner bed…..
Seats with raised beds either side

Lyme Regis residence with a north aspect:

Susana and Tim’s garden….planted with grasses and everygreens for a modern, gravel-style look. But also chosen for their ability to cope with the shade from the house in the winter.

After work…
Before work…



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