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Quality Plant Sourcing Service

On returning from a successful plant sourcing trip to Italy, we’d like to share a few photos and highlight the importance of our specimen plant sourcing service. Quality plants are one of the main elements that really make a project shine. Including beautiful specimen or key plants within your scheme is pivotal to that top-end finish that designer and clients …

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When To Get Your Garden Designed

When to design your garden

When is it the best time of year to commission a design for your garden? Several factors fundamentally influence the timelines: 1. Finding a Landscape garden designer who inspires you and gives you confidence he/she can achieve creating whatever style of garden you are looking for. 2. Once appointed, the design process itself. After the initial meeting and once the …

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Olympic Park

Olympic Park Landscape & 2012 Gardens

I couldn’t wait to see the Olympic park in all its late summer glory when I visited for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Its been a long time coming and I remember browsing round Landscape Architecture Masters Exhibitions 4 years ago, where many of the students had chosen the Olympic park as their Masters design project. It was finally time to …

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Water Feature Design – 5 top tips for a successful garden water feature

Water is such an important element in a garden.  The sound of water both cascading strongly or moving slowly over natural rock is so soothing. It provides a great ambience. Things to think about when deciding what kind of water feature would be best for you: 1.   What space do you have?    Water can be incorporated into any …

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Contenporary Garden Water feature

Contemporary Garden Water Features

The challenge, as with so many ‘contemporary’ garden features, is to design a water feature that looks original, has clean lines, works, and is easy to maintain! Water, such a desirable element, can be unpredictable, particularly when designing a new concept, or employing a familiar construction method but in an exposed environment, such as a roof garden or a roof …

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Stop Press! – Promotion to Mark our new Website Launch

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new website.   To mark this occasion, we are running a promotion for the months of February and March 2012.  We are offering 20% off all design fees and free consultations. Enquiries from all countries are eligible for the discount. All size residential projects as well as commercial / business …

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Structure Winter Garden

Gardens for All Seasons

I popped down to Wisley on a frosty chilly morning and the winter displays were wonderful! So I thought I would share with you the great winter structure that is out there if you leave it on display long into the winter months. Various shapes and textures are a must when designing for all season interest.  Frosty mornings like this …

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Contemporary Design

Designing Landscapes for Tomorrows World

Whilst attending the Iberflora Nursery / horticultural trade show in Valencia, Spain, Phil and I took a time-out from the work side of things and went to explore La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences) The City of Arts and Sciences is a magnificent collection of buildings by the contemporary architect Santiago Calatrava. …

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Strictly Roof Gardens

“Gardens in the sky” are, by nature, a breed apart, requiring a fundamentally different approach. With no soil, exposed to the extremes of weather, with limited access, and more often than not, significant weight and space limitations, designing and constructing an outdoor room can be a real challenge. It is also an opportunity. An opportunity to think differently and create …

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Colourful Plant Combinations For Shady Areas

The colours and contrasts in this plant combination, makes it one of my favourites for shady areas. The Acers provide stunning leaf colour and shape and a mid canopy to the scheme. The carpet of underplanting is made up of drifts of ferns, Carex, Liriope and Hellebores, all with varying leaf shapes and colours; with the variegated Carex and the …

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