Cloudpruning

I spotted this ‘Cloud Pruned’ Viburnum tinus in a front garden in Barnes yesterday. What a great idea to prune it in this way, the original bush must have looked quite untidy. It is now an elegant feature. The gardener of the house was there, and he told me that it had a taken a …

Visit to Silverland Stone

I am looking forward to visiting Silverland Stone, landscape suppliers, www.silverlandstone.co.uk in a couple of weeks. I am going as a member of the Surrey Garden design Group www.sgdg.org.uk. I joined last year and it has been a great way to top up my knowledge and meet and make friends with fellow designers/gardeners. We meet …

Horsham Stone front garden

This front garden in Caterham was designed to comfortably accommodate an extra car space. Like so many areas, pressure on parking is increasing.  The brief was to make the garden look good when no cars are on the drive, as nobody really wants their front garden to look like a car park. This is the …

Yellow roses

I am really enjoying these yellow roses in my own garden this year (unknown variety). Yellow is sometimes an unpopular colour in gardening, perhaps due to some brash yellows found in the plant world, like Lysimachia, and Forsythia, but this yellow is so fresh and clear, against all the green in my garden, it is …

Outdoor pizza oven

Following on from the previous post, here is the gorgeous pizza oven that Cathy Miller designed with her builder. Old stock bricks combined with the fossil stone create such a charming addition to the garden. The integrated bar with stools and the stainless steel barbecue tuck in perfectly to this underused part of the garden. …

Surrey Garden Design Group

Last week I joined this group, which is open to anyone interested in garden design and professional garden designers alike. It was such a friendly group and everyone that I talked to made me feel very welcome. I really enjoyed their first talk, about Arts and Crafts gardens, and I am looking forward to the …

Chelsea – WOW!

I really enjoyed watching the Chelsea flower Show on tv this year. This is the ‘Help for Heroes’ garden designed by Matt Keightley, which won a Silver Gilt and the ‘Peoples’Choice’ award. Gorgeous planting of white agapanthus, Stipa, foxgloves, bronze fennel, with evergreen Buxus, Euphorbia mellifera and Pittosprum ‘Nana’ for structure. The backdrop of a …