This courtyard has been transformed into fun outdoor room, extending the living space of this centrally located London apartment. My client wanted some low maintenance bold foliage plants, A screen to hide the not so nice view and some original artwork by Viki Lim (follow her on instagram @vanjimmer of colour with).
We used astroturf for a soft, pet friendly floor covering.
The Alley Pocket Park, Trinity Triangle Hastings
The Alley Pocket Park is a project organised by the White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures.The park is located in the Alley behind Claremont, Trinity Triangle, Hastings.
I was asked to design and plant up a user-friendly pocket park for the Alley. To provide a space for social gatherings, entertainments and also a quiet space for relaxation. All of the plantings provide year-round interest with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials. The plants chosen are wildlife-friendly which provide food and shelter.
The design needed to be in keeping with the industrial nature of the Alley. We used rough timbers for the seating area and large planters on wheels which provide ample room for trees and plants to flourish.
Darren French and Colleen Dawson built the first phase and Darren has built the new awning, vegetable garden and additional planters.
Lee Dyer Designed and built these fantastic new gates for the Alley entrance.
A Garden in Hastings
This garden had a very steep bank with difficult-awkward steps leading up to the house. We completely redesigned the garden by terracing the bank with brick and oak timbered retaining walls to provided a safe, complimentary and user-friendly set of steps up to the house. We also made sure to include wildlife-friendly planting schemes. It was very important to include a pond for the frogs, newts, stickle-back fish, bathing birds, dragonflies, foxes and badgers!
Long Narrow Garden, Hastings
A long narrow garden in Hastings, East Sussex. The garden needed to be low maintenance with a minimal plant palette. Stipa tenuissima, Echinops, Geum, Sanguisorba, Alliums, Miscanthus, sedum and lavender. The boardwalk-style pathway compensates for the sloped garden and connects with the ‘chunky’ decking next to the house. The boardwalk path leads to two raised vegetable planters, shed and compost area. One planter is for growing beans that also camouflages the tin shed. The other is a large raised planter to make gardening easier. Oak timbers were used for the planters and chunky treated timbers for the boardwalk. The fence along the path is painted black which is an excellent backdrop for the plants.
Gentle renovation of a London Garden
This 200ft garden in the heart of London is an oasis for the homeowner and one very special black cat. It is also home to the abundant wildlife who find places to nest, roost and play.
The homeowner and I have worked together for many years refining, pruning, shaping and adding new plantings to this lovely garden.
Garden Projects Large and Small
A selection of projects from large estate gardens to small rooftop terraces here in the UK and the USA.
New build bungalow, Hastings
A new build bungalow in Hastings, East Sussex. Starting from scratch. The garden design required low maintenance and robust plantings, not only to look good but also stand up to strong and often salt-laden winds.
Painting the fence a pale sage green helps to reflect the natural light but also provides a more suitable backdrop for the climbing roses and vines.
London front garden
London Front Garden. Complete garden renovation and redesign.
Small courtyard garden, Hastings
The brief for this garden was simple. A minimal look using recycled scaffold boards and the provision of custom-made storage. The bespoke storage is multi-functional, hiding the cat’s litter box, gardening supplies and a log store. But also the storage can be used as a potting bench, barbeque space and display. The galvanised worktop is tough and very hardwearing.
The cupboard doors are painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Pidgeon’