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Recent Projects


‘A Garden Which Only Flowers In July’

“Stuart produced a lovely creative design. His hard work, meticulous preparation of the ground and attention to detail means we’ll enjoy our garden for years” - Philippa, Staverton


We were approached by clients in Staverton, Northamptonshire to produce a detailed garden design. The brief was to focus on improving the structure of their garden and at the same time create a Planting Design Plan providing year round interest.


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‘Replacing a border in a shady garden’

"Stuart transformed my overgrown garden into something much more manageable, replacing a small lawn with gravel opening up the whole site." I will now be able to care for it far easier than before." - Susan, Northampton


A client in Northampton contacted us to use our Garden Design Planting Service, replacing a shady border in the back garden which was in need of being refreshed. Whilst talking through the changes with the client , it was also agreed that we would produce a small garden design, which included the replacement of grass with gravel.


The site is located on clay, so organic matter will be added to help improve the soil structure.




‘A Tired Front Garden’

“I was really impressed with the design and the garden now looks fantastic.” - Helen, Northampton


We were asked to provide a design for a front garden in Northampton. The primary focus was to replace a tired uninteresting space with an interesting low maintenance garden.


This involved the removal of 2 brick walls, a rotting Cherry tree and digging out the grass which was growing on heavy clay soil. Soil improvement was next and having sourced the plants, they were planted up. Shortly after, Cotswold Buff gravel was added providing a Mediterranean feel. The final stage saw the introduction of two large box balls and one large box cone. This provided real structure to the garden and also ensured the client benefited from all year round interest.


The client is really pleased with the results and has received a lot of positive feedback from her friends & neighbours.




‘The House With The Well’

We were recommended to clients who were in the process of buying a new Cotswold Stone house in Oxfordshire. The brief required a design for both front and back gardens, including height changes of over a metre.


When visiting the site, we were excited to see an old well in the grounds, however, the original intention during the build was to cap the well off. Following our recommendation to the client, the well was rebuilt and will provide a fantastic talking point when visitors come to stay.


The design not only caters for the height changes, but also provides the clients with a formal garden for entertaining and integrates seamlessly with a small woodland area, where their children can play and explore nature.





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Garden Design

The garden space was such that it provided a fantastic opportunity to produce a feature, a circular brick path, which would not only connect elements of the garden together, but also link in with the house architecture. Hebes line the path, softening the design, thereby providing harmony by joining the planting and hardscape together. The design also incorporates a new patio near the house and a secondary patio to take in the afternoon summer sun. There is a corner of the garden, visible from the house, which is used for storage and an element of the design saw the introduction of stepped willow fence panels, providing seclusion.


A Planting Design Plan was produced with an emphasis on ensuring that the ‘right plants are in the right place’. Not an easy task for this project, as the aspect across the site is such that there are 3 borders and each have differing hours of sunlight. Consequently the herbaceous plants and shrubs selected are appropriate for each location.


‘Taking in the evening sun’

I was asked to improve part of the garden which was under used, particularly as during the summer the early evening sun lights up this area. I thought this would be a fantastic place to relax in when returning home from work and chose to include a small amount of hard landscaping, some perennial planting and created an archway to introduce some height.


A bench was positioned to take advantage of the evening sun and the gravel and plants were chosen to provide a space which is calm and tranquil. The archway is not only used as a feature to add height, however, it is also used to grow sweet peas, providing a lovely aroma when walking through.

Soil Improvement

Another important phase of the project, ensuring that the ground is prepared in readiness for the planting. Undertaken prior to the Winter, organic matter was dug in to improve the soil structure, water holding capacity, drainage and also to encourage the growth of micro-organisms.

Garden Clearance & Build

Following the Design stages, a contractor was employed to undertake the building of the patios and circular path. We undertook garden clearance at the same time, working closely together and within a couple of weeks, the second stage of the project was complete. At all times during the build phase, project monitoring was in place ensuring the build met the agreed design criteria.


Garden BEFORE Project Completion