Sunny Garden

The clients had recently had a lot of building work done, and the garden was completely wrecked!


They asked me to create a garden with lots of planting, but also a large lawn, and two seating areas – a lot to squeeze into a small space!


A sun study showed the sunniest areas at different times of day. The seating areas were eventually placed where they would catch the sun earlier in the day, and evening dining could be lit with festoon lighting.


The initial design included a lawn reached by stepping stones and surrounded by plants, with an octagonal pergola. We then increased the size of the lawn, and changed the shape of the pergola, making it more enclosed.

I supplied an illustrated plants list for the clients to approve, generated via the Shoot website (

The final planting plan was created in SketchUp. The planting evokes the feel of an English country garden in miniature, with formal topiary and small standard trees blended with effusive and colourful flowers and flowering shrubs. The colour palette is calm purples, blues and mauves, with yellow highlights. The textures range from very fine to medium, with a few large leaves (the hostas) for contract. Height is achieved with the pleached trees and small standard bay lollipops.