West Lavington Manor

West Lavington Manor is a 5 acre walled garden first established in C17 by John Danvers who brought Italianate gardens to the UK. There is a stunning herbaceous border,  a redeveloped beautiful Japanese garden with tea house, a new rose garden chockablock full of different varieties,  an orchard and an arboretum with some outstanding specimen […]

‘Pearl’ garden in South west London

Pearl garden in South West London For this small Streatham garden we needed to create the perfect place in which to entertain. The owner is a busy professional who travels massively and who wanted a garden that could instantly look good on arrival home; daytime or evening. What was an untended space has turned into […]

Complementary and matching plant colours!

Sanguisorba and Knautia macedonica – matching plant colours! I’ve decided this summer that I like the look of matching plant colours in perennials… cut out the contrasts and get a lovely block of colour using different plants but same tones. The combination that I like most at the moment is Sanguisorba officinalis, Knautia macedonica and […]

Small London gardens simply improved

Here are some tiny London gardens that have been quickly improved and enhanced by simple use of good paving, raised beds, painted fencing, horizontal trellising.  As you can see they are only just finished so in most cases have not even been planted. See the before and after shots in each case: Streatham garden design, […]

Chelsea orange and arid

The Chelsea Flower Show this year was dominated by an arid look.  Desert, gravelly, dry and hot.  Most of the gardens had pebbles, dry river beds, palms, grasses and succulents to give this effect and the colours were orange, white and some purple; the main colour was orange.  And the geum plant appeared in 5 […]

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