Paula Napper

Paula takes ideas from observing architecture, art, nature, and interior design but enjoys simple, modern, timeless design the best. Her aim is to create gardens that fit seamlessly with the house and landscape and are contemporary, unique and beautiful.

With a background in client service and project management in investment banking, she has a good understanding of working with clients and budgets.

She achieved an RHS gold medal for ’The Lavender Garden’ at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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Paula Napper Garden Design was established to help clients achieve a garden which is viewed as an extension of the home, and which can be enjoyed throughout the year as a relaxing, beautiful living space.

The aim of every project is to create a beautiful garden where quality materials and textural planting compliment and enhance the house. A consideration to the flow of space and how it works with the building can create interesting views and make the most of every inch. Paula loves to explore innovative ideas and materials to bring a design element that is unique to each client.

Paula Napper Garden Design’s ethos is to promote the local ecology by creating gardens that fit in with the immediate environment, encourage wildlife and use sustainable materials where possible. Only contractors who have proven their capability for quality are introduced.

Fifteen years in investment banking as an executive director and managing teams in London, Frankfurt & India has given Paula the experience to deal effectively with the needs of clients and manage design-and-build projects.

A garden re-design can mean significant investment of time and money. Choosing a designer to plan and oversee build of your garden will avoid costly mistakes and ensure you as a client receive a garden that is unique to you and exceeds your expectations.


A Modernist Garden in the Chilterns

The clients, an architect and an interior designer, wanted a space in which to relax, entertain and play the occasional game of Bocce. Views out to the Chesham Bois was a main consideration for the new garden. The clients both like Modernist architecture and have plans to update the house so the inspiration for the garden design was the principles of the Modernist movement, and a sculpture by the mid-century metal artist Ernesto Riva.

A Shared Courtyard Garden

The brief was to create a garden for two houses with a shared courtyard. A natural swimming pond is the central feature of the garden, creating a physical barrier but still allowing the length of the space to be enjoyed from both sides. A deck with privacy screen overhangs the pool for sunbathing and the water is kept clear with natural filtration including aquatic plants. Both houses also have private terraces which enjoy views over the pool. Planting is architectural with topiary and vibrantly coloured perennials.