A complete garden design and installation. The clients have a young family and needed a lawned area for the children to play on but also wanted plenty of paved space for entertaining.

The orientation of the house meant that two large paved areas were required to capture both lunchtime and evening sun. In order to retain the garden, large raised planters were installed around the periphery to enable future planting to be undertaken – helping to soften the boundaries.

New fencing installed using slotted concrete posts and closed board panels. The light grey sandstone paving chosen by the client really offsets the timber planters and reflects back plenty of light to brighten the more shaded areas. A resin-based jointing compound used ‘Easyjoint’ which never degrades unlike traditional cement-based pointing.

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The images above show a new patio area, retained using an oak sleeper wall built in a garden with a fairly steep bank, so the project required the removal of 15 tonnes of soil to create a level area for the paving. The sleeper wall was then constructed to include a wide yet shallow step up off the patio on to the garden for easy access (the client has a young grandson). The choice of paving here is again natural sandstone in a set of pastel hues to compliment the oak timbers used. The patio is deceptively large at 4 x 4 metres to accommodate a large table with eight seats for when the clients extended family are over.


A complete, now mature, herbaceous planting design for a riverside garden with spectacular views across open countryside. We designed this garden two years ago and continue to manage the planting for the owner, the importance of structure in this garden is essential to create layered beds that provide interest throughout the seasons whilst sheltering the garden from exposure to the prevailing wind and delivering a sense of intimacy.