Archive for May, 2016


Wrought Iron garden gate


As so many front gardens are being converted into driveways nowadays, there are lots of garden gates to be found on the second hand market. Some of the cast iron gates are going rusty and they do need restoration. The beautiful Victorian style gate above originated from Clapham and was found on GumtreeĀ going for [...]

Re-claimed granite setts driveway


This front garden in Chipstead has been redesigned to make the steps safer and easier to manage, and also the driveway is being extended to accommodate more cars. The original stone of the steps has been re-laid, vintage re-claimed bricks sourced, and to carry on with the theme, re-claimed granite setts are being laid for [...]

Screening trees required!


Screening is an issue that comes up time and again, and here is an example where it was desperately needed to break up the view of next door’s flats. Not least to give the people in the flats some privacy too. 3 x multi-stemmed Prunus serrula (the Tibetan cherry) were chosen. Given time, they should [...]

Prunus ‘Shirofugen’


Prunus ‘Shirofugen’ looking lovely at the moment, underplanted with wild garlic (Allium ursinum). ‘Shirofugen’ has tasteful pale pink double flowers which droop languidly, and are accompanied by the emerging bronze foliage. This tree is growing in a front garden in South Croydon, on thin chalky soil. It was planted 9 years ago, and as you [...]

Millboard decking and porcelain


In February I attended a talk on Millboard decking at my Surrey Garden Design group Here’s my resume: In February Russell Porter from Millboard Decking came along to introduce us to his company’s decking and porcelain products. It is a family owned British company, and their composite decking in particular is becoming quite [...]