A small garden in London with a big heart. The garden was completely redesigned with all of the old paving broken up and transformed into beautiful gabion walls. Introducing the change of levels with the seating area adds interest as well as privacy.
With a brief from the clients that centred around having large open lawn space for their children, this project also involved constructing a stone water feature from scratch which looks like it has always been in the garden. It was, according to them, “the perfect place to spend lockdown”.
We have been maintaining the garden at this property for over 12 years now and, since 2015, we have undertaken four major refurbishment projects there. This project is a great example of us working closely with other garden designers to maximise the benefits for our clients. On this one, we brought in award winning garden designer, Humaira Ikram, to completely redesign the entire garden which contains several uniquely different spaces, all blended seamlessly together.
The bottom of this garden backs onto a golf course and is a haven for birds and insects. The paving is broken up with some bespoke brick patterns and the entire space is dramatically defined by a corten circular climbing rose frame.
Subjected to the tidal flow of the River Thames, the rear of this garden was just a continuous muddy mess, limiting what the client could do with what should be a spectacular location to be in. We designed and constructed a new oak deck with a glass balustrade to maximise the splendid views of the river.
This garden has a perfect row of pleached hornbeams, leading along a limestone path to a garden studio with a green roof, supplied by Wildflower Turf. Two finely pruned ilex crenata cloud trees add a sense of formality and structure to the garden along with newly installed mature planting.
Nestled in a busy London suburb, this secluded garden has a traditional feel to it, with a curved path we designed to create interest and practical access to two beautiful garden rooms. The planting is cottage style which is perfect for bees with heavily mulched beds to reduce the need for irrigation.
This project was completed in three phases over a three year period, surrounding a fantastic county manor house with a long sweeping lawn and driveway. A lot of the site was on sloping ground and the challenge was therefore to create different levels of interest and focal points.
This garden is one of our proudest achievements as the 13m long wildlife pond we created won a Gold Award from The Surrey Wildlife Trust. Not only does the garden feature stunning stone walls and paving for leisurely enjoyment, but it also boasts cleverly designed terraced vegetable gardens, made from British Douglas Fir sleepers and packed with edible and non edible plants
This garden is another great example of how well we can work in partnership with other garden designers. The overall garden was designed by Humaira Ikram, using brick pavers supplied by the famous Chelmer Valley Bricks and reclaimed Yorkstone.
On this one, we also installed a Woo outdoor kitchen, complete with a wildflower turf roof. Humaira wanted to have some seating around a brick circle so we designed a bespoke seat, complete with storage using cut Douglas Fir sleepers and splayed batons, perfect for a chillout corner in front of a fire pit.
This is the second garden we designed for our clients who lead a busy family life in London. Although the house is a beautiful late Victorian one, the idea was to design a garden that was easy to maintain and had a modern feel.
The choice of sand blasted sandstone for the main paving, lateral cedar fencing and a sunken seating area, all add to the much desired contemporary look. We also clad an unattractive metal bike shed with cedar and gave it a green roof.
This garden used 10 tonnes of granite from Cornwall to make some beautiful stone walls and a sunken garden right in the middle of busy TW11. The client also wanted a wildlife pond but had limited space for it, so we managed to create a 2m x 2m pond with a log pile next to it which is a perfect spot for newts and frogs to hide near the pond. Some contemporary lateral fencing was also installed using pressure treated timber boards.
Sustainability is often something that is not thought about when it comes to driveways, with water run-off adding to the risk of flooding. Working with designer Humaira Ikram, we installed a gravel driveway to let the water filter down into the ground slowly. We also designed and built a bespoke bicycle/storage shed with a green wildflower turf roof which is excellent use of what otherwise was dead space.
This garden was redesigned by garden designer Arit Anderson. An additional step was added to an existing patio and a curved path was reinstalled, along with a bee friendly planting scheme, new circular edging, and a lawn. Biochar was added to improve the soil structure which was in poor condition due to overexposure to the elements.
Once the plants have fully established, this garden will be a wildlife haven, with plants specifically chosen by garden designer Pamela Barden. Pam has incorporated British red cedar into this lovely design which includes a bespoke bench that doubles up as an insect hotel. A curved sandstone sett path leads to this bench, complementing the circular paving and bespoke stone wall with cedar capping.
This project centred around a stone circle, with some simple bespoke timber sleeper seats, a spot where our clients can retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. The limestone paving slabs were laid using the permeable paving method which allows for the paving sub-base and a mortar substitute to be completely permeable, perfect for situations where there is a risk of water damage.
Stone walls can work well with lots of garden styles and can really add something special to a garden. The way the pieces tie in together is almost hypnotic and can often make a wall seem like a work of art. Stone walls can be made using mortar or, to be truly sustainable, dry stone walls can be built without the need for concrete foundations or mortar and will easily stand the test of time if built right.
Brick walls are probably one of the most common garden features in the UK. They can be freestanding or retaining and are often the most treasured part of a garden. Apart from their ability to provide privacy, they also offer plants a valuable surface to grow up against and add buckets of character to any garden.
Green roofs are a fantastic use of what otherwise would be dead space. They provide insulation for a building, helping it stay cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. In an urban environment they absorb pollutants from the atmosphere, slow water runoff, and provide valuable ecosystems for birds and insects. They are easy to install on bike sheds or bin stores and can potentially be retrofitted to existing buildings depending on suitability.
Water has a seductive, elusive quality and can greatly enhance any garden if used correctly. Its mesmerizing effect takes you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, calms us down and reminds us of the deep connection we have with nature.
Ponds can vary in size from the very large to the very small and are usually constructed using rubber butyl liner. Rocks and boulders can be used to create a more natural effect while clean, formal reflective pools can be more suited to a contemporary style.
Landscaping always involves bespoke timberwork. Pergolas can offer a different dimension and perspective to a garden, encompassing all styles from traditional to modern, as well as being made of different materials such as wood or metal. Quite often, a pergola can be used to frame a view from a certain angle or draw your eye to a focal point such as a water feature, tree or perhaps an urn cleverly positioned.
We can build raised beds, log stores, outdoor kitchens, sheds with green roofs, children’s play equipment or even stylish seats made from railway sleepers. There are no limits to our imagination or what we can build in a garden.
We love this garden, designed by Pam Barden, and a great example of what can be done with a funny shaped corner plot, a real credit to Pam’s excellent design skills. The angled sections of the garden create year round interest and also tie in perfectly with what must be the quirkiest pillar in the land!