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Italian Elegance   Italian elegance

Italianate elegance garden design
This Edwardian arts and crafts villa, now boasts an Italian garden with clipped evergreens, classical statuary and formal lawn. Twin box hedges contain billowing herbaceous planting in soft blues and lilacs.

landscape garden designs   Rose

A formal rose garden
A lavender hedge lines this walkway of red and white roses which are punctuated with fastigiate yews.


Victorian town House
Parking problems solved whilst maintaining the essential elements of a garden. Evergreen planting and a succession of year round bulbs and perennials are packed into this tiny space whilst retaining sufficient space for cars.


A seaside family garden
This tiny converted fisherman’s cottage is a step away from the beach and has a wash-house, for laundry, and shower to clean off sandy feet. A raised platform offers extra space to watch the sun drop over the horizon and provides storage below. There’s an enclosed barbeque area and timber terrace for outside play. The planting will withstand the westerly sea breeze but takes advantage of the warmth of the Gulf Stream.


Mediterranean calm
This very private space is planted with sun loving plants which echo the feel of hotter climes. The terrace is inlaid with coloured pebble work.

Easy living

Easy Living
The complete refurbishment of this, previously rather dull, bungalow demanded a strong design statement from the garden. By excavating into a steep bank the space now divides into a series of purpose specific areas which have good access from the house. By achieving a balance between lawn, hard-landscaping and planting the result is an easily managed garden.

8 Urban Family Garden   urban family design

Urban family garden
This large Victorian property now boasts a garden which works for the whole family. Bespoke screening keeps the dog confined to the back garden whilst the front offers plenty of parking for a family of five. Together with tough planting there is an area at the front for basketball practice. The private back garden has a small breakfast terrace which leads, via steps, to a larger family sitting area. The planting consists of evergreen shrubs, some with a Mediterranean feel and a deep border of perennials, punctuated with three smart fastigiate golden yews.

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cheshire gardens

Revitalized Arts & Crafts
The rather dull rear of this house has been transformed into a contemporary living space and complemented with a hardwood terrace stretching the full width of the house. Broad elegant steps drop down to the lawn and modern parterre planted with white roses and Lavender. There are hardwood raised beds too, for seasonal vegetables and herbs, close to the kitchen area of the house. The original summerhouse has been renovated and is the focus of a tiny fruit garden. Rendered raised beds are stuffed full with pale grey evergreens, purpley, lilac perennials and masses of spring and summer bulbs, in the same hues.

cottage Gardens   cottage garden designer

award winning gardens

New cottage garden
Created just four years ago, from open farmland this garden is almost a thousand feet above sea level. It is protected from the ravages of the weather by dry-stone walls. Dry-stone raised beds are the basis of a quite formal and geometric garden layout. These strong lines counter perfectly, the voluptuous country garden planting. In the winter, this strong frame work is complimented by clipped topiary to complete the year round interest.

staffordshire gardens   derby gardens

cheshire garden

Old water mill
An old french courtyard treatment, gives this garden a strong sense of maturity. Vertical plant supports for climbers bring intimacy to the space. There are enclosed paved areas for sitting and a timber balcony to catch the evening sun. The planting, from a palette of soft pastels, is quite loose and allows for the self seeding of fennel, Verbcascum, Verbena bonariensis and white foxgloves. Pathways leading this way and that access a potager, a rose garden and an old fashioned English country garden.

© Heather Boardman 2006

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