Raised beds in the garden

Indian sandstone paving and raised beds

This raised bed design divides the garden up into productive and decorative areas. Higher raised beds are helpful for those with mobility difficulties and can enable them to carry on a hobby. Raised beds can make it easier to grow crops which don’t suit your current soil conditions. They lend themselves to growing herbs and … Read moreRaised beds in the garden

Stone circle

A simple paving circle

A stone circle can make a lovely focal point to use as an outdoor dining area. As it is fireproof it is a great place to position a firepit, barbeque or a chimenea to avoid scorching the surroundings.

Modern design garden

Modern minimalist garden

A modern design is achieved here. This garden is minimalist with crisp clean lines and simple feature planting. It is very low maintenance and is therefore designed with busy people in mind. It was originally a rather unloved space with a simple path and lawn but has been changed so it is quick and easy … Read moreModern design garden

New build to lovely outdoor space

New build garden

New build houses often come with nightmare areas where a garden is destined to go. They are often filled with builders rubble, poor drainage, and lots of other unmentionables. I have even known a buried car in one plot. To transform this wasteland into a comfortable outdoor space suitable for a garden requires some imagination … Read moreNew build to lovely outdoor space

Planting styles

Lovely Iris Sibirica

Planting styles from this post are both relaxed and informal. I picked these to showcase the garden as a green and inviting space. These are a few examples of my designs or even chosen plants that I have trialed in my own garden to see how they work. Once I come home from work I … Read morePlanting styles

Dry River Bed

River bed garden theme

A dry river bed is an effective idea for anyone wanting to have a less formal feature in their garden. We came up with this attractive idea to make it very low maintenance and as natural looking as possible. Its also child friendly. The planting will naturalise over time.

Large Garden with several elements

Outdoor fireplace in stone

This job was quite a large piece of work. There are various rustic dry stone effect walls. One of which features steps up to another layer of the garden. As a relaxation focus there is a fireplace and chimney built in the same style. This means they can use the outdoor space into the cold … Read moreLarge Garden with several elements

Yew trees

Yew trees framing a pathway

Yew trees are very architectural. You can use them to frame a natural gateway when planted like this. They are very slow growing and stay tidy and therefore require little or no maintenance. Yews are often found in very ancient churchyards where they grow to a considerable age. Some of the oldest trees in Britain … Read moreYew trees