Gardens I’ve Designed
New Look Back Garden, Headington
Originally an uninviting back garden with a rough lawn, concrete slab path and side beds. A fresh look was given by moving the arch, re-shaping the lawn into intersecting circles, and moving the slabs to form a stepping stone path…
Sloping Back Garden, Headington
A semi-detached 1930s house in Headington, Oxford, with steeply sloping back garden. The ‘before’ pictures illustrate the concrete upper patio and the 4 ft drop to the grassy garden. The steps are steep and the garden can be seen at a glance – effective deterrents to further exploration. The backs of neighbouring houses are the dominating features.
Small Square Garden, Headington
A small garden behind a semi-detached house. A stagnant pond had been removed and concrete walls dug out, leaving a weed-covered area of earth and gravel. With a limited budget the design specified a split-level garden, using new oak sleepers for the retaining wall and steps.
Large Courtyard, Farmoor
Originally a cow-yard behind a farmhouse, raised beds along the wall had been added, but otherwise it was just an expanse of ugly, uneven concrete, with hollyhocks growing in the cracks. The only glimmer of interest was a limited view of local fields beyond the stone wall.
Front Garden with Parking, Marston
A front garden in Marston, Oxford. Space had already been made for parking one car – using coarse, deep gravel with no sub-base. Another parking space was needed but the client also wanted plants and an attractive outlook.
Very Small Back Garden, Abingdon
A small square garden behind a modern brick house; the existing strip of concrete slabs along the house was too narrow and there was nothing to draw you into the garden.
New Look for Established Garden, Summertown
The main garden had been largely dominated by a shed/office (now removed and replaced by a more substantial building further down the garden). Advertised on Freecycle, the shed was quickly taken away. This left a paved base area, with adjacent lawn and ill-defined side beds. (The trampoline was to stay, but it would be moved frequently to allow the grass to grow.)