I believe that every outside space has the potential to enhance our everyday environment, as well as contributing to the health of the planet. I create plant-filled gardens in a range of styles to provide habitats for wildlife, and beautiful views throughout the seasons.
I came to garden design later in life having worked in various sectors including the travel industry, and education, which included several periods working and living abroad. Whether at home or away I have always gravitated towards outside spaces, and it was a natural decision to retrain in both Horticulture at Capel Manor, and Garden Design at Writtle.
I established my business in 2015 and have enjoyed developing spaces both large and small for private, and commercial clients. With a particular passion for plants and planting design, I graduated from the London College of Garden Design in 2022 with a distinction on the Planting Design Diploma. Additionally, I was also awarded the college prize as the student with the highest mark in their year.
I am now particularly keen to work with architects, planners, developers, and other design professionals to provide planting design expertise for their projects.
A transformation from an overgrown unusually shaped garden to a contemporary space in which to relax and entertain. Features include Corten steel walls, edging, planters and water feature, as well as sleek porcelain paving, retained gravel pathways, and granite setts.
The planting is in a restrained palette of purples, green and white. It features ferns, grasses, Agapanthus, Salvias and Geraniums, as well as other herbaceous perennials and spring bulbs for seasonal interest. A multi-stemmed Birch, and Amelanchier create height and structure, and blur the boundaries in this small space.
Umbrella-trained Lime trees provide a shady seating area in the summer, while Corten steel walls create impressive screening to the utility area beyond.
This front garden was large but dated, with a tall hedge darkening the entrance, concrete paving, and disparate planting. The clients wanted a contemporary makeover to create a welcoming entrance to their property, whilst giving practical consideration to access for a cherry picker when the cladding needed to be renovated.
A strong porcelain paving was chosen in a complementary tone to the brickwork, with striking detailing in a contrasting black basalt sett. This combination of modern and traditional materials ensures that the new design fits into its surroundings.
A mix of ferns, grasses and foliage plants look cool in the shady area near the house, and particular attention was given to bronze tones to accentuate the paving. Topiarised evergreen balls are combined with a palette of purple perennials and ornamental grasses to create a stunning scheme to soften the hard landscaping.
This traditional property has been enhanced by a stunning glass extension to the rear. Once the hard landscaping was completed the clients commissioned me to provide a planting design for a large, sweeping border, as well as some smaller areas near the house.
I also sourced some contemporary outdoor furniture to complement the new kitchen-diner, including a stunning concrete table, bioethanol burner, designer chairs, and lounge sofa set. Bespoke planters were made to pick up on the concrete, and chair colour. This was further enhanced with shades of yellow in the planting scheme.
Screening was supplied on one boundary with pleached Hornbeam trees, above a bed of shade-loving shrubs and perennials to produce points of interest all year round.
A range of containers by the seating area allows the opportunity for seasonal displays, and herb growing, making it the perfect spot for an evening cocktail.
The overall result has softened the patio considerably, while allowing impressive views from the house.
This garden was designed to address the need for a change in our gardening habits across the East-Anglia region to cope with future changes in temperature and rainfall. Taking inspiration from Islamic gardens a strong geometric layout was softened with substantial areas of drought-tolerant plants. As gardens get increasingly smaller it is crucial that they offer good views from the house throughout the year. Brightly coloured features brighten up winter days, and ornamental grasses provide winter structure. A raised patio area surrounded by Jasmine is a relaxing evening retreat, while drought tolerant meadow turf provides a wildlife friendly alternative to lawn.