Although we hope you will agree that the “Before and After” photographs in our Project pages look stunning, most of those were revisited after 2 years. We believe that prospective clients also appreciate the honesty of how a REAL garden looks during and immediately after construction. We do not build “show gardens” but REAL gardens and therefore plant realistically, spacing shrubs with their mature size carefully considered, with perennial infill between, providing ground cover and colourful seasonal changes. The hard landscaping and lawn shapes are the bare bones of a successful winter layout, with of course a degree of evergreen structure, and together with our detailed planting knowledge, the garden cannot fail to be a success from spring through to autumn. The impact of the planting on day one will very much depend upon the month in which it is planted, but whatever time of year, everything catches up by the second year as you can see from many of the photographs in our projects page. The following photographs will give a flavour of John’s very precise landscaping skills, and attention to detail.

PLANTING
Unless specifically requested by the client, we plant using 20ltr, 10ltr and 3ltr shrubs, and 2ltr and 9cm perennials planted in groups. The example below shows a garden planted in December, 6 months later, and 3 years later. All of the gardens in our projects gallery were planted using young plants, which with thorough soil preparation are all very keen to grow and will give a great show of colour in their first year. By year 2 there will be barely any soil visible. Shrubs are spaced realistically so allow for their ultimate size over 5 years.

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GROUNDWORK
On occasion where access allows and is necessary for major level changes, we use a digger, but the majority of groundwork is done by hand. Your garden will always get worse before it gets better, but like everything in life, success is all down to carefully considered and proper preparation.

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PRACTICALITIES
The hard landscaping ranges from patio and steps, arches and ponds but includes the more practical aspects like dustbin screens, and compost bins.

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Composting is a great idea, but must be accessible by a wheelbarrow to make it easy to use when ready. Here 2 bins have been built and will soon be screened by the climber on the trellis.

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Manhole covers can be very unsightly but can be seamlessly incorporated into any paving work becoming almost invisible.

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A timber dustbin screen now hides all of the dustbin and recycling boxes from view in this front garden.

INTRODUCING CURVES
Paving of course can be cut to any shape, but bricks are a very useful and attractive material for introducing curves and texture into the garden.

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A more unusual request might be a firepit. Here permanent timber seating around a free standing firepit on the left and a brick firepit built into the ground on the right hand picture.

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LEVELS
Some customers see their sloping garden as a problem, but steps and level changes can be a real bonus to adding interest in the garden. They need not be straight, and are much more interesting if they turn and change direction. The retaining walls can be constructed using either timber or bricks.

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TIMBERWORK
We often introduce an arch or pergola into our designs, since they give instant height to a new garden, but can be very useful to frame a view, and draw you through a pathway. All are built by John to suit the size specified on Anne’s design.

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Have you taken a look at our finished gardens? Choose from a selection of front, back or larger gardens.