This week is all about entrances and exits. Or as fancy builders would say…access and egress. But in a garden, they become more than functional; there’s the promise of a big reveal, or an unexpected view. or the mystery of what’s around the corner……. So I love making more of an entrance, through the addition […]
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: My garden, which is surrounded by woodland, […]
Just when you thought the performance was over, there’s been a spectacular season finale, with plenty of plants giving a last blast of fiery colour. These pics were all taken within in the last week – and go to prove that a bit of foresight and planning can give you a show that goes on and on….
Here’s a town garden I designed in Exmouth earlier this year. The client is busy working full time and wanted a low-to-no maintenance outside space to entertain friends and soak up the sun. The garden was on a slope with no level space for a table and chairs. The first step was to create two decked seating areas, to catch […]
Here’s a border I replanted earlier in the year, originally a big dark hedge that was cleared out to give me a blank canvas. It’s all about curves and spikes, to give the view a bit of a bounce….
Just to prove I’m not always about gravel and spiky plants, here are some mixed borders I’ve been working on in Lyme Regis and Farway, looking lovely in the sunshine. It can be tricky getting the right balance of successional planting – making sure there is something blooming from Spring through to Autumn. Sometimes it can take two […]
A client in Lyme had acquired a small ‘L-shaped’ slice of land behind their current garden. But it was such an odd-shaped space that they didn’t know what to do with it. So they asked me to come up with a design that would give them an attractive seating and dining area, and planting that would cope […]