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Classic Modern Town Courtyard Garden

This was a very interesting project, the house was in the process of being built and the
garden was a blank canvas. The clients wanted to achieve a space that was simple, classic
but low maintenance, child friendly, to include a play house of their choice, pizza oven,
bbq, swing seat, patio to seat up to eight, a large lawn area, scented and architectural
plants. They both had different ideas and so the design of the garden needed to include and
combine an architectural feel, winter/evergreen interest, with a softer style.

The house had been lowered quite considerably in order to achieve the height required
which meant that the garden walls were very dominating. Part of the brief was to hide/
distract from the walls. This was achieved by not only using climbers on the walls but by also
using varied verticals accents of different heights for example; bespoke arches, pleached
hornbeam and pencil thin cypress trees.

The main climbers used for screening were Wisterias, Trachelospernum jasminoides,
Hydrangea, Solanum and climbing roses in variety.

Wisterias, Trachelospernum, Pittosporum tobira’ v’, Lilacs, Philadelphus, lavender, roses
were used for scent, Penstemon, Salvia, Geranium, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, Caryopteris,
Phlomis russeliana; shrub roses, Tulips and Alliums in variety were used for long
successional flowering periods.

Magnolia stellata, Camelia, Azalea were planted to give structure and spring interest.

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Growing Vision Gardens featured in North Herts Life!

We were very excited to be featured in North Hertfordshire Life magazine recently!

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Traditional Family Garden – Planting scheme and revamp

This garden suffered from many really harsh winters and neglect. We needed to simplify the planting to make it more colourful and low maintenance.

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Garden Designers Marmite Plants

During my experience of designing and planting gardens in London and Hertfordshire; many of the people I have met seem to dislike certain plants existing in their gardens. I am the same; there are certain plants which I feel really do not earn their place in a garden; for example the common Forsythia.

However some of the plants that seem to get bad press are actually very good for specific problem areas. I like to call them the Marmite plants of the Garden design world.

I have listed a few of these so called Marmite plants that I have used several times in my planting plans and schemes.
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Estate garden – soft landscaping

This was a project which took over a year to complete. The existing soil was solid clay and needed a vast amount of soil preparation, drainage and improvement.

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Modern Classic – revamp

This garden was built and planted three years ago.

It required some fresh ideas, new planting and soil improvement due to two really harsh winters. We needed to replant certain areas in the borders with more deciduous shrubs and perennials to be able to withstand a tough winter being such a young garden.

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Town Front Garden

This was a very simple classic design for a front garden; we created a timeless classic parterre and hedging using Box and Yew.

A beautiful multi stemmed Betula as a focal point in the middle. This is low maintenance and very sophisticated.

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Country Garden

This was an area in a large established country garden where soft landscaping and new planting were needed.

The soil was heavy clay and there was an awkward fence around the existing lake that needed some subtle disguise. Winter interest with a low maintenance approach was the idea around the lake and to create a curved mow path to allow tractor access.

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Suburban garden – Modern classic

This was a garden that was a complete blank canvas with very little planting and just a large lawn with very poor drainage.

The idea behind the design was for the very modern house to sit comfortably within the garden and to be dramatic, bold and architectural.

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Large Country Garden with a Lake – soft landscaping

This was a large project where the lake had been re-sculpted and the borders reshaped. The focal point of the garden is the lake that is quite imposing as you enter the drive.

The new planting needed to soften all aspects of the lake and new waterfalls, which looked rather stark and heavy in the setting without planting. The hard landscaping needed to sit comfortably within the existing landscape.

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