Overlooking stunning countryside, the clients required a beautiful and relaxed space to entertain guests or simply to sit back and enjoy sunsets. The garden features a bespoke rill with ‘floating steps’, cascade water bowl, a large porcelain patio, tier and sleek rendered walling and a raised garden studio. Lighting gives a relaxed ambience for evening entertainment. Planting provides screening, framing of views and architectural interest.
This commission comprised planting up a large front and back garden on a very windy site. The front garden had formally been the farm's concrete yard and therefore much soil preparation was required to get the borders ready for planting.
The client is very keen on wildlife and therefore plant choices reflected this with the inclusion of many native herbaceous plants arranged in a prairie style scheme.
The garden is surrounded by farmland and therefore we incorporated many types of grass to tie the garden in with its wider views. The grasses also fair well and sway beautifully in the windy conditions.
The design includes a new patio of sandstone paving, a large bespoke oak pergola and a bespoke curved bench of larch wood, made by Paul Stockwell.
Our sister company 'The Garden Manager Ltd.' now maintains this garden for the client on a weekly basis.
Thank you so much Elspeth for creating my beautiful garden. I felt so at ease talking to you about ideas and through this you designed the garden I was dreaming of. With the ground prepared, the planting of trees and what seemed like 1000s of plants, the garden has taken shape and is very in keeping with the house. The back garden, side and front flow in a pleasingly well-thought manner. I couldn't be more happy with the work you have done and it was a pleasure having you and your team working here. Thank you very much.
Difficult level changes in this garden needed to be addressed in order to provide the clients with large and relaxing entertainment spaces. Striking bull nosed Yorkstone steps draw you up to the lawn or to a large entertainment space with a focal slate sphere water feature. The design includes beautiful trellis screening above dry stone walling and ambient lighting for evening entertainment. The planting is inspired by the clients love of Provence: Lavenders laid out in loose grids and large gnarly olive trees.
Our sister company, ‘The Garden Manager Ltd.’ now maintains this garden on a fortnightly basis.
Rustic French ambience
This large garden enjoyed beautiful views and the clients wished to create some entertainment space, a degree of privacy and include the vegetable garden. They preferred a light ephemeral planting scheme. The lovely iron stone barn conversion and out buildings provided a beautiful backdrop to the garden, which now exudes a laid back rustic French charm.
A large part of the garden had been a car parking space and therefore much ground preparation was needed before a large new lawn could be laid, The herbaceous borders were filled with native flowering plants and grasses, and the private seating area with fire pit was secluded by a purple beech hedge.
Privacy to the driveway was also achieved by planting pleached Liquidambar trees beside an existing dry stone wall.
Show Garden 2018
A lovely opportunity to work collaboratively with local sculptor Jo Fairfax. The show garden, sponsored by John Deere, celebrated 100 years of tractor manufacture at the Royal Horticultural Society Chatsworth Show. The show garden featured bespoke charred oak benches, one hundred ‘mechanical blooms’ of golden tractors and a mix of monoculture and naturalistic planting.
The garden was awarded a Silver Gilt medal.
A tricky project that required a design to sympathetically unite a large Georgian courtyard with an adjacent Japanese garden. The Japanese garden included a large koi carp pond and so a good sized Iroko hardwood deck platform was included in the design to both conceal the pond pumps and provide an additional seating area that 'floats' over the pond.
The large courtyard required some levelling to provide a usable space. Silver-grey paving materials were selected to match the silver gravel in the Japanese garden. Planting in the courtyard was kept to minimum and within the restricted colour palette of the Japanese garden. Beautiful bull-nosed steps were included to give the design a quality finish.
The entrance to the courtyard was very open and therefore instant yew hedging was planted to provide an immediately more private entrance to the garden.
Thank you so much, Sue and I are delighted by how the garden is looking.
This woodland garden required a staged process of development. Starting with a blank canvas the soil required some serious preparation prior to planting. The borders were shaped and large sweeping lawns were laid, to create links to other parts of the larger garden. Mature trees (Silver Birches, Poplar, Acer and Sorbus) were planted and staked using underground anchorage systems. Large multi-stems (Acer, Alnus, Sorbus and Corylus) were included in the scheme. Shrubs, herbaceous woodland plants (for example, white Hydrangeas, Dogwoods, Foxgoves, white Anemones, Persicaria) and many varieties of fern were planted in large drifts. We also added 1000s of bulbs (several varieties of Snowdrops, Wood Anemones and, of course, Bluebells).
Paul Stockwell designs and constructs bespoke timber features for clients. He has recently created a curved bench in larch, a curved oak seat to surround a millstone water feature and most recently he designed and crafted the striking circular charred black oak seats for our RHS Chatsworth show garden. Paul also makes gates and pergolas on request.
Meadows are a labour of love and require much patience. The dividends are enormous however, not least for wildlife. This annual native meadow was seeded a few years ago and continues to evolve and establish year on year. Mown grass curved paths lead down to a charming dancing girl statue.
Show Garden 2014
This show garden was exhibited at the BBC Gardeners' World Live, Royal Horticultural Show in 2014.
The garden was featured on BBC Gardeners' World, Episode 13, 2014 and in Bradstone 2015 marketing materials.
The design was inspired by holidays snorkelling British coastal waters at low tide. The water garden comprising five small ponds aimed to capture the essence of coastal waters: the differing levels denoted a dropping tide leaving behind water 'abandoned' in small rock pools. The planting portrayed the bright colours and shapes associated with rock pool life.
The garden was awarded a Silver Gilt medal.
This tiny courtyard needed to be completely build from scratch. The garden was in a conservation area and therefore needed to be sympathetic to local architecture and materials.
The strong circular design for the garden draws the eye into the centre, important as the space did not enjoy views. The client required steps, walling, a bespoke oak seating/storage area, a water feature and bespoke oak garden gate. She was also keen to include some planting to soften the hard landscaping.
We used warm sandstone paving combined with local Ancaster stone walling, oak features and a stainless steel water feature.
Planting combined box balls with airy grasses, wiry stemmed herbaceous such as Verbena bonariensis, white Anemones and purple Alliums to give the scheme a purple and white colour palette.
Show Garden 2013
This garden was exhibited at BBC Gardeners' World Live, Royal Horticultural Show in 2013.
This contemplative planting scheme evoked the elemental forces of wind and sea. Grasses caught the breeze whilst Salvias tacked evenly through the border. Vibrant blues and greens dominated with drifts of Cornflowers, Aquilegias, Irises, Geraniums and Heucheras. Cow parsley splashes white whilst red Geums warn of peril.
The garden was awarded both a Gold Medal and Best in Category.
This city garden needed privacy and seclusion. We used a circuar design to draw the eye into the garden, which maximised seating space and space for planting. We loved the brick industrial look but chose to paint fences and doors in a pale colour to bring light into the garden. Plants were chosen for their constrained habit, necessary for a small space, and with four walls we made full use of climbers to give the garden a lush enclosed feel.
In a small space sun can be at a premium and we therefore selected plants which were happy to tolerate some shade.
The garden provides a private secluded space, away from the bustle of the city outside.
This exciting new commission for 2018 takes us into the realm of designing front and back gardens for a new Huf Haus build. The garden design will need to cleverly incorporate the strong horizontal architectural lines and glass frontage.
This beautiful ironstone barn conversion requires a strong garden design to the front garden to give it the striking entrance it deserves.