Subtropical Elegance overlooking the Helford River

Brief:  

Due to the refurbishment of the house and construction of a new infinity edge pool, the garden was in need of restoration. The proposals had to tie in with the sub-tropical feel of the existing garden. Fresh and fragrant plants were to be incorporated, where possible. Late summer and early autumn colour was required to extend the flowering season of this Cornish garden - especially during the first year after completion.  

Design:  

Creating a garden that feels well established within just one year, I wanted to keep the sense of wonder I felt, discovering magnificent magnolias, acacias and camellias flowering in the winter. Dedicated to preserving the subtropical feel of the existing garden, the garden to amazes and surprises by the hidden fragrant plants, that will catch on the breeze throughout the year. Extending a late summer and early autumn with vibrant colours is one way this garden keeps giving year-round interest.

Once again I worked with Illumina Lighting in Cornwall. Claire added gentle lighting, turning the garden into a mysterious and mesmerising space as dusk settles its inky fingers over the Helford River.

PROCESS:  

The following images show impressions of first site meetings, the development of the design and progress on site. 

The Old Granite Cider Mill

Brief:

Redesign an existing garden space and link with the newly built extension and existing farm house. Include an antique granite cider mill and transform into a bespoke water feature. 

Design:

The old granite cider mill tells the story of the ever hard working mare pulling the weighty wheel, pivoting round the central point of the old granite cider mill.  Crushing fresh juicy apples, she ploughs on, round and round and round. 

The worn Cornish granite cider mill was carefully placed and settles in the centre of the Cornish Farm Garden. The circular pattern of water ripples echoes in the surrounding heavy granite paving and elegant planting of ornamental grasses and perennials.

A difficult shaped terrace has transformed into a tranquil outdoor room. 

Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press

Works in Progres:  

Setting out the intricate pattern for the granite paving. 

Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press
Farm garden Design Cornwall Granite Apple Cider Press

Mediterranean Flair in Cornwall

Brief:  

Add Mediterranean vibe to include the client’s existing gnarled olive tree

Design:  

Breathing in the heady Cornish air, I was transported to Mediterranean fields and immediately I thought of Irises. Latin for rainbow, the flower indeed comes in a variety of colours. Adding in pathways gives this small and practical garden a secret feel to it. The wonderful lighting was designed by Illumina Lighting, Cornwall. 

Cornish Farm Garden

Brief:

Design of planting beds with mature feature plants and interest all year. 

Design:

In this design, I chose ornamental grasses in combination with palms and deciduous shrubs to create an earthy, natural looking garden.  Pastel perennials give it a soft and magical edge in spring and summer, followed by a great display of colours of witch hazel and fothergilla in autumn before the leaves fall. Then again in the depths of winter, the secret but richly perfumed blooms of witch hazel and viburnum burst into life .

Meadows come alive at various stages throughout the year, as much for their insect life as the changing plants that bring colour throughout the seasons. Perennials and ornamental grasses blended the garden to its surroundings. Such plants house insects that create an evolutionary soundscape all year round.  Yew hedges were added, creating a juxtaposition between formal and informal and defining the garden from its meadow.

Contemporary Sun-Trap in Cornwall

Brief:  

Create a garden space complementing a stunning, contemporary new-built near the Cornish coast. 

Design:  

The garden's formal lines in structural features and architectural planting enhance the architect's vision. Earthy tones of stone and the honey coloured timber support the green and silver hues of the planting. Sheltered from the prevailing wind, the new garden embraces three sitting areas, which allow for sunbathing and outdoor dining alike.  The wonderful lighting was designed by Illumina Lighting, Cornwall. 

 

Border Revamp

BRIEF:

The client asked for a border revamp with colour all year to include cut flowers and a selection of favourite plants.  

DESIGN:

The new perennial border includes a great variety of perennials, grasses and evergreen shrubs. Hues of green, grey and silver create a backdrop for an array of pastels which vary as as the seasons change. Wait for the winter months, when a beautiful display of colour will lighten a dull  and grey Cornish day. 

Boconnoc, Cornwall 2017

Bespoke Smoke-House

BRIEF:

A Private Retreat 

DESIGN:

A Place to Unwind

A fusion of succulents, ferns and ornamental grasses as found in some of the world’s secret coastal areas give away rich textures and opulence. Glaucous, silver, mauve and nearly black foliage blend together effortlessly. A Smoke-House nestles among rare plants and the raw crust of Cornish granite as its herringbone pattern complements the surrounding textures of pines and wispy grasses. The charred wood reminds of smoky, culinary treats slowly maturing inside. The fresh scent of pines and kindling sticks, ochre needles and orange tinted ornamental grasses add rustic warmth. A garden to delight, enchant and inspire. 

The Smoke-House

A slight breeze rustles the long grass, and on it drifts the distinct scent of a clear coastal morning in late spring. It could be a bonfire or a barbecue, but when the days are getting longer and when the first school of mackerel appears, the smell of smoke carries the flavour of curing fish and the promise of good, slow eating.

Plant List

Aeonium balsamiferum Aeonium sp.

Aeonium haworthii Haworth’s Aeonium

Aeonium tabuliforme Dinner Plate Aeonium

Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’ Silver Spear

Carex testacea Orange New Zealand Sedge

Dasylirion serratifolium Sandpaper Sotol

Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ Black Hens and Chicks

Echeveria elegans Echeveria sp

Echeveria ‘Duchess of Nuremburg’ Echeveria var.

Echium pininana Giant Tree Echium

Fascicularia bicolor subsp. canaliculata Sun Bromeliad

Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’ Leucadendron var.

Magnolia ’Black Tulip’ Magnolia var.

Paesia scaberula Lace Fern

Pinus monticola Western White Pine

Pinus wallichiana Bhutan Pine

Protea cynaroides ‘Little Prince’ King Protea

Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ Stonecrop

Veltheimia bracteata Forest Lily

 

Boconnoc Show Garden 2017
Boconnoc Show Garden 2017
Boconnoc Show Garden 2017
Boconnoc Show Garden 2017
Boconnoc Show Garden 2017
Boconnoc Show Garden 2017

Southport Flower Show 2010

DESIGN:

Garden Design Competition - Runner Up

Southport Flower Show 2010
Southport Flower Show 2010

Bespoke Fence

The brief for this bespoke fence was a light dog-proof barrier.

The result is a seemingly weightless, but strong feature complementing the garden and building. It sits beautifully on the patio edge. Depending on the angle the fence is viewed, it is almost transparent.  

Bespoke Fence Design
Bespoke Fence Design
Bespoke Fence Design

Bespoke Hanging Baskets

One of my projects features two hanging baskets. I have designed these to complement a set of exquisite terracotta planters. Whether filled with seasonal plants or on its own, these will add playful elegance and sophistication to the garden. 

According to my design, the bespoke baskets were forged in Cornwall by Steven. Then sent away, galvanised and painted. Soon they were ready to be lined with a reinforced coco liner, which I made to measure.

The first planting is a show stopper nonetheless. 

 

The rich purple foliage and pink flowers of Tradescantia 'Purple Sabre' are a beautiful bold statement. In contrast I have planted Erigeron karvinskianus and Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' for a light, whimsical feel, which adds volume at the same time.


Garden Sculptures to last a life-time

I design bespoke Garden Sculptures and Planters according to my client's wishes.

They are made to last a life-time and will withstand the harsh Cornish weather.

Each peace is unique and will enhance a new or existing garden scheme.

Price on request.   

Bespoke  Art in a Garden in the Cornish Sun
Bespoke Garden Sculptures and Plants in Cornwall Art In a Garden
Cornwall - A Piece of Art in a Garden
Bespoke Garden Sculptures and Plants in Cornwall