The joys of a small garden

The joys of a small garden

We sometimes get clients saying to us, ‘We’ve only got a small garden.  I don’t suppose you can really do anything for us?’  This is so not true.  We love working on small gardens, they have their own special qualities. When imaginatively and sympathetically designed...
We all need good structure

We all need good structure

Now is the time of year when our garden at last starts to fill out, the gaunt bare days are at an end.  Soon the trees will be in leaf, the joyous daffs and tulips will be joined by the annuals, the shrubs and ornamental grasses. Borders will become a riot of colour....
Spring is sprung, the grass is (nearly) riz

Spring is sprung, the grass is (nearly) riz

Last March we were in lockdown and life was getting tough.  Oh wait, we’re still in lockdown.  But the thing is, that’s just us humans – all the other wildlife around us is getting on with life just as usual this Spring. That makes me feel just a teeny bit better.  I...
Hygge in the garden

Hygge in the garden

I’ve been listening to Sandi Toksvig’s Hygge on BBC Sounds– an excellent podcast, I recommend it.  She and her guests are in a virtual log cabin in Denmark, talking about what the Scandinavian word ‘hygge’ means to them.  It turns out that it’s quite a wide-ranging...
Classic Garden Design

Classic Garden Design

It’s fascinating to look at contemporary garden design, which seems so hugely varied yet somehow keeps popping up with the same ideas, and tease out the threads of the older, classic garden design styles.  So let’s take a stroll through some of the most famous and...
Artists gardens

Artists gardens

When we think of garden design we usually think about gardens created by professionally trained designers.  Gifted and qualified people who have studied traditional and contemporary design, and understand plants and landscaping.  The more famous are often found on TV...
Community Gardens

Community Gardens

…and relax. Yes that really is in a community garden! We recently blogged about setting up a relaxing, convivial space for autumn evenings in your garden.  However we closed with acknowledging that many people don’t have gardens at all.  So we realised that in these...
In praise of the daffodil

In praise of the daffodil

Narcissus ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ in drifts   Some people call them daffodils, others call them narcissi.  Either way, they are one of the easiest and lowest maintenance bulbs to plant in the garden and I love them.  Now is the time to plant them for a display to...
The African dawn

The African dawn

We have settled into a style of design and architecture that has become so universal it’s now in danger of becoming a stale cliché.  The sleek hi-gloss modernism of the last couple of decades is certainly glamorous and was a welcome change from what went before.  But...