Going swimmingly well…

It’s gonna look fabulous when it’s done, but in the meantime, we’ve made a lovely big soggy hole! Here’s progress on the large pond project I’m currently working on. When I say ‘I’,  I really mean the poor chaps at AB Aquatics braving this rain-soaked January…. Still, as the saying goes, you have to break […]

Making an entrance…

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 […]

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: My garden, which is surrounded by woodland, […]

Party season…

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….    

Town planning…..

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 […]