contemporary garden

The client wanted a contemporary garden, as an extension of the house, and the brief was simple: “create a reason to go outside.”

The lawn was replaced with gravel and paving installed to lead to a pergola and decking area. The raised bed creates added interest and additional seating for social gatherings. And a reflective pool surrounded by Buxus adds a contemporary focal point to the garden as well as bringing added light in.

The fencing was stained to help it recede into the background so the eye focuses on the features in the garden instead of an orange fence. And the planting softens the boundaries and will also disguise the shed, with fragrant climbers planted around the pergola to create a scented and sheltered area in this very sunny site.

the night garden

Garden lighting adds a totally new dimension to a garden.

It extends its use and creates an interesting and dramatic effect at night, from both outside and from inside the house.

This illuminated night view adds different colours and shadows, creating a totally different view from that during the day.

Especially in those dull winter months, it’s great to remember what the garden looks like by illuminating your favourite features rather than staring out into darkness.  So if your budget allows this is a great addition to go for.

Click here to see the garden by Day.


outdoor room

Our client wanted a modern garden to transform her gloomy, uninteresting space into an outdoor room as an extension to the house for summer use. She wanted a really contemporary, modern feel.

We created this modern garden using contemporary fencing, which has built-in trellis at the top for added light. We dispensed with the lawn and replaced it with maintenance-free, pale granite paving and flint gravel which reflects the light.

This created an open area for sitting and dining which can be used well into the evening with the addition of the lighting.

The planting is mainly evergreens to provide all-year structure, with the addition of some perennials and bulbs to extend the seasons and add extra flourishes of colour.

See here when just changing the planting makes a big difference.

small back garden

This small back garden belongs to a lady who loves plants so wanted a manageable cottage garden where she could fully appreciate them.

She wanted to keep some lawn, so we pared this down to a minimum, created an oval on an angle to visually extend the space then added gravel over the rest of the area to really show off all her plants and make them more accessible.

We added stepping stones to a corner seat, which catches a lot of the sun and is appreciated by the client if she can manage to evict the cats which seem to have adopted it as their home!

The original small back garden now feels a lot bigger and the ‘Cottage Garden’ feel has definitely been captured and has brought in much wildlife which can be appreciated from the Conservatory.

To see a Front garden using pebbles rather than gravel, go to the pebble garden – Harrow

medium garden

These clients had a medium sized garden and wanted design ideas to make it more interesting with space for entertaining friends and family.

Therefore, we enlarged their existing patio, providing ample seating, added easy-to-use steps to replace the slippery narrow decking steps and added another patio further down the garden for catching more sun in this north-facing garden.

The planting added is easy to maintain and is mainly low-growing, but with lots of all-year interest with the different coloured evergreens and additional flowers and bulbs to add seasonal colour.

So, if you would like ideas for your medium sized garden, please do get in touch.

large back garden

The clients wanted to bring more colour and interest into their characterless space. So garden planting advice was given as well as ideas for different shapes and structures that could be added to create more visual appeal.

The design needed to flow round their much-loved Pear tree and a woodland area was created here, with bark path and existing logs for low seating.

A quiet area away from the house was required where a water feature and Buddha would enhance the space. A pergola was also added to give height and enclosure.

The boundaries are very low as it’s a great neighbourhood for chatting, but height was required to break this up using bamboos, trees and junipers which complemented the surrounding planting.

We all look forward to see it develop and bloom over the coming years.

See here how just by changing a small area of planting can make a huge difference.

Community garden

The URC church in Ickenham wanted a garden that could be enjoyed by its congregation and the general community who use the church and garden.

The plants used are to give all year interest colour and scent. So we re-used existing roses that had been donated by a member of the congregation and complemented these with Lavenders, Nandinas, Pittosporum and scented Trachleospermum climbers. Then added bulbs of Daffodils and Alliums for early colour and Salvias and Mahonia for later colour.

This planting now brings warmth and colour and a smile to the visitors’ faces, who now have a community garden to enjoy.

japanese garden

A Japanese garden may not be what you expect to see in Northolt, but this client already had nearly 20 Acers, so a Japanese garden is what followed:

The existing layout made it look very long and narrow, so by removing the lawn and the defined borders and replacing these with pebbles over the whole area this visually widened the space.

We removed a number of existing conifers and trees which overcrowded the garden and made it very dark. And planted all the existing Acers and Rhododendrons in the ground so that they could thrive now out of their pots. Then we added Bamboo, grasses and other plants to complement these.

The Corten steel Moongate is indicative of a Japanese garden and brings in additional height and interest to lead you down the garden via the stepping stones to an attractive Summerhouse.

Another feature in Japanese Gardens is trellising, so this was added to the tops of the fences for added screening from the neighbours, on the garage walls for climbers and to screen the waterbutts.

Then when down the garden there is an additional hidden seating area with large reflective pool to sit by and relax.

This garden won an APL Silver Merit award in 2020.

minimalist garden

This client wanted a minimalist garden to complement the contemporary appearance of the interior of her house and extend this into the garden using mainly greys, greens and white.

Therefore a lot of clearance had to occur to remove the busyness of the space with its many different materials, the various small spaces and dark, cluttered overgrown planting.

By changing the fencing, introducing the large porcelain pavers and with the new planting the minimalist garden was created. An open, peaceful space evolved that can be enjoyed by friends and family with ample room for socialising.

There is just one vibrant area along the side-return, where the theme is a lush sanctuary of tranquil water with pops of lime green and orange.

rectangular garden

We nearly all have rectangular gardens and this is very typical.

This couple wanted a relaxing space for entertaining plus an attractive garden to look at rather than the typical rectangular garden that everyone has.

They were happy to lose some of the lawn which allowed us to use soft curves to create a more appealing space, which visually widens the garden and creates larger planting areas.

We used clay pavers to draw the visitor down the garden from two access points and another patio was installed outside the Studio which is a sun-trap for most of the day.

A Sorbus and Multi-stemmed Amerlanchier were planted in key places to screen neighbouring properties and to provide interest in the Spring and Autumn. And evergreen climbers – Trachelospermum – will soon cover the fences which will then provide the illusion of an ever bigger space, linking it to the surroundings.

All this disguises a traditional rectangular garden and provides a lot more interest.

wide, shallow garden

When you have a wide, shallow, garden it can be very demanding to design as you tend to view it across its shortest distance.

So to counter this problem we created diagonal lines to lead the eye from one side of the plot across to the farthest corner, so lengthening the perspective. Then by using plants to mask the boundaries, this extends the view even further.

The bright porcelain paving bounces light into the space and provides various options for entertaining. Within the patio are built-in raised beds full of relaxed, colourful planting to soften the geometric lines.

There are wide steps onto the lawn which also makes the space feel open and accessible.

So, if you have a wide, shallow garden don’t despair – we can help you achieve a design that will work for you.

mature garden redesign

The client’s brief was to “create a more interesting garden” as they were bored and uninspired with what they currently had. Planting designs, and other plans were drawn up to give the clients what they wanted.

Their existing layout was very fiddly, which made it look smaller than it was. So by introducing a simple sweep of lawn taking them to a smaller patio to catch the evening sun provided a strong simple design which would actually bring them out into the garden and use it and enjoy it much more.

They had some lovely existing plants, some of which had sentimental value so we were able to keep and relocate the majority of these. Then additional planting was added for all-year interest and which will hopefully cover the soil, so less maintenance and more sitting can be enjoyed.

To see how we transformed the front garden, please click here.