Archive for the ‘Garden design’ Category

Less is Moor when it comes to designing modern gardens

While we think of modern garden design as being a relatively recent development the modern principles of contemporary garden design;  simplicity, minimalism, geometry, water, structural planting and conservation can be traced back over a 1000 years, to the deserts of North Africa and the early gardens of southern Spain. To the Moors of North Africa, water was their most precious commodity and they were experts at designing ingenious ways in which to capture, store and irrigate their crops with it. Converted to Islam, they combined their engineering ingenuity with the style and spiritual practices of the… Read More »

Choosing the best trees for a smaller garden

Trees for smaller gardens Most gardens have room for a tree, but if there is room for only one in your garden, which tree should it be? October is the best time to plant trees so if you are thinking about planting one and haven’t quite made up your mind, here’s a few ideas to help you choose. Choosing your tree As with all important partnerships in life, it is best not to fall in love with a tree from a picture, far better to get to know what it might be like to live with… Read More »

Living the high life in a tree house

On top of the world Who hasn’t at least once dreamed of having a tree house hideaway, a hidden place of your own in the leafy branches of a majestic tree, from where you can look out over your world below? So when my daughter suggested that we could put her summer house, which until then had been in a shady corner of the garden, up into the branches of our cherry tree, it was just the excuse I was looking for. Our tree house plan became our shared dream. Children’s tree house A children’s tree house can be… Read More »

Architectural arches and arbours and garden gates

These custom designed, hand forged, metal gates and screens complete part of the garden design for a courtyard area within a larger garden in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.                        The rose motif within the metal work has been designed in an art deco style to reflect the name and historical rose connections of the house.                 We are currently completing a further phase of the garden for which these individual architectural garden structures have been commissioned. The inspiration for these garden elements is an… Read More »

Simplicity in garden design

In the same way that rhythm and repetition in a garden is relaxing on the eye, simplicity too brings its sense of calm and restfulness to a garden. A garden with a little of everything in it tends to create a chaotic muddle. If there are too many things going on, your eyes struggle to take it in and the garden becomes restless and uneasy on the eye. Simplicity in design follows the, less is more, motto of architect Mies van der Rohe, an early advocate of simplicity in design through his influence on the Bauhaus movement and championing of the… Read More »

Be at one with your garden

Good looking gardens are designed around several design principles; these include such things as; rhythm, unity, repetition, balance, proportion, simplicity and focal points. Of all of the garden design principles unity is probably the most important principle to apply and one of the hardest to describe, but when it is present you know because your eyes and brain are pleased to see it. When you look at a garden, on an unconscious level your mind simplifies and organises what it sees, it looks for a connection between the elements, for some sort of organisation, for… Read More »

Designing rhythm and movement into your garden

With a succession of storms lashing us these past few weeks your garden may be looking a bit wind ravaged and waterlogged. Now though is a good time to take stock of your garden and perhaps look at ways to make your garden more inspiring for this spring and summer. But where do I start?   A good place is to consider some basic garden design principles. These include such things as; rhythm, repetition, balance, proportion, simplicity, unity, and focal points. Creating a rhythm to your garden will help create a natural flow and movement to your garden. Rhythm… Read More »