We Specialists in the design and build of gardens, with experience of the development of small areas of public green space, commercial landscapes and community gardens.
Personal consultation is offered on the design, construction or planting of your own garden or garden project, as well as the project management or site management of landscape builds.
With over 10 years of teaching experience, bespoke training is offered in landscape design, landscape construction, AutoCAD, surveying, horticulture and in the operation of selected landscape machinery.
We have over 10 years experience in the design and build of show gardens and show features at a number of national, regional and local shows. Show builds are offered to designers, design and build services offered to sponsors and organisations, and sponsorship sought for our future show garden projects.
Talks and presentations are offered to garden clubs and other groups and organisations on subjects to suit your needs, or on the design of gardens, landscaping or show gardening.
Please see a selection of projects, which Iain has designed and installed. Please click images to enlarge
A Large Terraced Garden.
This is the rear garden of a new build property, the plan really was to level up the space creating two flat surfaces whist keeping the retaining wall as low as possible. To achieve this the borders surrounding the lawn are still slightly raised, and supported by log roll edging. The retaining wall was bult from bricks matching those used to build the house, and is a good height to sit on when using the large patio space below which is constructed from a now discontinued Bradstone Weatherdale paving. The lawn area was seeded rather than turfed, a lower cost alternative, and whilst not as instant as turf creates just as good a lawn.
A Modern Low Maintenance Garden.
This was a garden designed and built for a young family in a relatively new built property. The garden, based upon a large elliptical lawn, has clean modern lines, a large practical patio space and a place to sit in the sun, reading that best selling novel or simply enjoying a glass of wine. The garden has limited planting of mainly shrubs and trees to allow for ease of maintenance.
A Practical Slope and Driveway.
This was a development of an existing, but severely sloping front garden, the concrete driveway had already been modified to increase its practicality, but had left a raw concrete edge. We originally redesigned the access and path spaces with steps to prevent having to walk down the sloping driveway. We then developed a more aesthetically pleasing driveway alongside the house and in the process improving access from the slope to the flat. Finally we retained the existing banked lawn with a sandstone wall creating an easier to maintain flat lawn and rock garden.
A Slightly Mediterranean Approach.
This was a complete redesign for this awkwardly sloping rear garden. The remains of the existing garden after the build of the conservatory was dominated by the shed, now hidden in the far corner, and the pergola seat which now takes pride of place as the garden’s focal point. The use of Marshall’s Saxon paving provides this Mediterranean feel, but is also one of the best products for a truly flat, but slip resistant surface. This design starts in the courtyard style front garden, follows the path around the side of the property to the practical rear garden space with the sunken lawn and shrub borders.
Front Walling and Barbeque.
This was just the installation of a front wall and a brick built barbeque. We worked to match the bricks of the house, which had been built around thirty years previously, and whilst not an exact match, are remarkably similar. Local authority planning restrictions prevented a solid wall at the height required by the client, and therefore brick piers were used to support locally made bespoke decorative railings. A short wall was also built across the driveway entrance to support a pedestrian gate, and the brick build barbeque and working platform were constructed using the same matching bricks. Retractable driveway bollards were also installed at the end of the drive.
A Low Budget Redesigned Front Garden.
This garden was originally a decaying tarmac surface with overgrown rockeries and borders. We used existing sand stone to build in the focal feature around the tree, and added to existing Victorian edging tiles to provide the edges for the newly planted borders on to new clean and flat paving areas. Paving blocks were used to edge the steps down to the gate to make the changes in level as visible as possible.
A Grade 2 Listed Cottage.
This garden was constructed in the rear garden of a grade 2 listed cottage. The aim was to lower the maintenance levels, create a useable space, but remain in keeping with the age of the property. The paving used is Bradstone’s ‘Old Town’ paving, providing the look of weathered limestone flags, with a very slightly riven, but flat surface. The project included the dismantle and rebuild of the traditional mortared sandstone garden wall, trellis fencing and then spare stone from the garden was used to extend the paving pattern in to the borders.
A Large New Build Garden Project.
This was a very extensive project. The property had just been completed, with internal works still going on when we started the garden. Situated within a conservation area, it also presented a few issues based on the original plans of the home owner, and a number of changes were made to meet the regulations based on design consultations with the home owner. The main adjustment was to the woodland area, which was originally planned for removal, but the conservation area and TPO’s prevented this. The project included fencing to the back and roadside, walling of various kinds, paving, block paving, gravel driveways and edgings, raised beds, planting and turfing.
A Front Garden and Driveway.
A low maintenance front garden and driveway constructed on a limited budget. This project on its original budget was not feasible, as the driveway alone had to be constructed to a minimum standard. As a solution, we phased the project over a number of months, installing all of the edging and sub-base as phase one, this left the area clean and usable. As a second phase we returned to lay all of the pedestrian paving to both sides of the driveway, leaving the driveway still usable. Finally we returned to install the block paving to the driveway, leaving the planting for the client to add to the borders in their own time.
A Redeveloped Rear Garden
This garden was redeveloped stage by stage over a period of time, and included a paving area behind the house with a double skinned planted retaining wall. There is a shed and utility paved area with trellis screen to one side of the garden. A circular paving pack was installed in the far corner of the garden with a shaped pergola seat and enclosed water feature by the side. The borders were all edged with timber log roll and all of the remaining area was covered with slate pieces.
A Very Severely Sloping Garden.
This was a development of two halves we were originally employed to build the decking area at the lowest level of the garden, connect it to, and surface the next terrace. A large project considering the fact that over its reasonably narrow width it goes from being dug in to the bank by half a metre on one side, to standing a metre and a half off the ground on the other side. The construction included a built in tree seat and timber steps up to the newly gravelled terrace. A year or so later we returned to design and construct the top terrace, after construction of the new extension and conservatory were completed. A large retaining edge was installed to level this lawn and shed area.
A Low Budget Alternative for a Rear Garden.
This very awkward sloping garden was originally designed as a timber decked space with rockeries etc. This design however came in way over budget for the client, so a decision was made to attempt to keep the overall shape of the design whilst lowering the budget as much as possible. A basic level, but good quality Marshall’s paving was used for the main surface, and cut on site to produce the circular feature on the top level. The raised bed and step risers are brick, and all of the retaining work is done with concrete fencing gravel boards, rock faced at the lower level, but cheaper plain ones where buried underground at the top. The lawn edge is paving blocks, not only defining and retaining the lawn edge, but also hiding the concrete gravel boards underneath. The whole of the fencing was replaced with concrete posts and gravel boards too.
A Basic Rear Garden.
This garden was just an extension to the paving surface installed by the house builder, installation of raised sleeper beds to the far end of the garden, a lawn area with borders to either side and an enclosed water feature.
A Water Feature and Other Projects
This is a collection of smaller projects for the same client. The main project was the pond and waterfall, which was constructed as an extension to the corner bed. The pond is concrete and walling block construction topped with paving blocks, these extend to the garden boundaries to finish the borders. The project included fountains and lighting to complement the waterfall. Other projects in this garden have included fencing, plant shelves, rustic timber structures, steps and a block paved path.
A Terraced Patio Space.
This project was to level off and surface a lower area of a very severely sloping rear garden. The project involved lowering the garden at the far end, and raising the end nearest the house. To achieve this retaining walls were constructed, and the existing sets of steps at both ends of the terrace were repaired and added to, which made matching in the levels and angles very difficult. The paved surface is surrounded by raised beds constructed from reclaimed sleepers to match in with the rest of the garden, which when planted will soften the edges of the space.