Oliver Rutman

I have always had a love of the natural environment. After being blown away by Piet Oudolf’s High Line in 2015 my passion for garden design was born. I spent an inspirational year working at Great Dixter developing my knowledge of plants and planting design before embarking on the LCGD Diploma in Garden Design.





Contemporary woodland garden in Amersham

The clients are planning to build a modern glass extension on the back of their home in Amersham. They want the garden to reflect their new extension but also have an abundance of plant foliage. The house has stunning views of the woodland that surrounds it and the clients are keen that these views are enhanced by the garden.

My design uses the sharp geometric lines of the extension to form the backbone of the garden. I have integrated the surrounding woodland into the garden by the inclusion of native trees and shade loving woodland plants that I have chosen for their texture and the interesting shapes of their foliage. The rill, that runs in front of the deck, is a contemporary twist on a woodland stream and it complements the calm, modern atmosphere in the garden. A peaceful retreat at the end of the garden provides a sanctuary where the clients can enjoy the views and the evening sun.