Here is a selection of some of my projects. More images from work in progress will be added soon. In the meantime please check out my Facebook page for more information and images.
Colourful Contemporary Garden
The client wanted a complete overhaul of her garden after it was left in a less than perfect state following a kitchen extension. The new kitchen contained bold, modern colours and the client wanted this contemporary use of colour to continue into the garden. It was also very important to have a space for growing vegetables, as well as seating and dining areas both in and out of the sun. A small raised patio was created to enjoy a view of the garden in the evening sun, as well as a larger paved area near the kitchen for entertaining. The client wanted the garden to be fairly low maintenance and easy to use in years to come, so raised vegetable beds were constructed and high quality artificial grass was used for the lawn area. This also provided a space for the client’s beloved Labradors to relax. Bright pops of colour were brought into the garden with modern orange trough planters, pink wooden screens, and complementary planting. These contrasted well with two shades of contemporary grey porcelain paving and grey painted fences.
“Rebecca was professional throughout, her plant knowledge is amazing and she has the ability to visualise the final outcome. Now the landscaper has finished, all I can say is "WOW!" It is amazing and everyone who sees the finished result is equally impressed. I wanted a garden with colour and I have it.”
Ms Porter, Colchester
Work and Play Family Garden
The garden had obviously been designed at some stage but the sharp edges and hard landscaping made it completely unusable for a family with two young children. There was also a lot of unused parking space to the rear of the property, which we all felt could be put to better use. The clients had a lot of requirements for a fairly small space so thorough planning was essential to get everything to flow. The modern garden office helped to form part of the rear boundary with the rest being extended into the parking area to make the vegetable garden. Smooth porcelain paved pathways enable the children to ride their trikes, with the same paving being used on the patio dining area. An area of lawn provides more space for play including a sunken trampoline surrounded by hardy grasses to help it blend into the space. The planting is in a bold palette of purples, green and white, with some orange to complement the copper tones in the paving. It features various grasses, Kniphofia, Salvias, Geums and Irises, as well as other herbaceous perennials and bulbs to bring colour and interest throughout the year and attract to wildlife. The first photos were taken in spring, followed by some later images showing the summer planting. The final images show the garden as it was before the transformation.
"From first contact to completion Rebecca was professional, friendly and easy to work with. She came up with a design that ticked all of our boxes that wasn’t just functional, but attractive and worked from a design point of view without feeling crowded. When my wife and I first saw the original concept plan we both knew we’d made the right decision picking Rebecca."
Mr & Mrs Redpath, Colchester
Small Contemporary Garden
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 a water feature; and sleek porcelain paving. 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. A multi-stemmed Betula and Amelanchier create structure and interest. Umbrella-trained Lime trees will provide a shady seating area in the summer. Corten steel walls create impressive screening to the utility area beyond.
Modern Cottage Garden
The clients wanted a space full of colour and cottage plants in which to enjoy their retirement. A radial pergola and granite stone circle surrounded with planting provide a place to enjoy a morning coffee or evening drink. A smart new garden building gives room for extra storage and a workshop, next to a fruit and vegetable growing area. A palette of purple, pink and white plants were used to complement the dove grey fences and pergola. The planting includes herbaceous perennials such as Echinacea and Veronica, shrubs such as Cotinus and Cornus, grasses such as Stipa gigantea and Carex, and plants for interesting foliage. Multi-stemmed trees give extra vertical, and seasonal interest. A staggered granite path adds to the informal feel, while stabilised gravel provides a firm surface where needed. Plants have been chosen to attract bees, birds and butterflies.
"We asked Rebecca to develop a modern cottage garden design for our new house. She did a good job listening to our requirements and ideas, developing an excellent conceptual design. We are very pleased with the result."
Mr & Mrs Scott, Wivenhoe
Shady Family Garden
Although this garden had a lot of established plants it was looking tired and lacked year-round colour and interest. The garden suffered from being very shady and dry due to a large Oak tree. The only paved area was insufficient for the family's needs, and in the shade. The owners also wanted a small space for fruit and vegetable growing, and to attract wildlife into the garden. A contemporary diagonal paving area was created as a space for entertaining and to make the most of the sun, while another smaller area provides a place to relax. Shade-tolerant planting will see a succession of colour throughout the year, as well as providing plenty of interest for birds, butterflies and bees.
"Rebecca has transformed our garden. Not only do we love the new design, but thanks to her clever planting plan we now have colour all over the garden throughout the year."
Mr & Mrs Lee, Colchester
New Build Front Garden
This space was bland and uninteresting and, as the only south-facing garden on the property, it was really important it was put to better use. The back garden is in shade for a large part of the year so a seating area here was essential. To keep costs low, a simple seating area was dug and some of the existing cobbles were used to fill it. The wooden painted bench adds some colour and creates a cottage garden feel. A tough rosemary hedge was planted to cope with the winds here. The plants were bought small but will start filling out come spring. Early & mid spring planting can be seen here, with summer planting in the last photo. Bulb collections in pots add to the informal feel.