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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Best of Both Worlds is a show garden inspired by the stories of couples who share a love of gardening - but have very different tastes. The key to a happy partnership? Create a garden for each of them. On one side, a traditional space with loose planting inspired by country gardens; on the other, more defined contemporary geometry. The traditional side has seating for breakfast and lunches; the contemporary…

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New Build Garden in Harpenden - children enjoying garden

New Build Garden, Harpenden

This large town garden was designed for kerb appeal to a new buyer. Large reconstituted stone planters frame the entrance. Planting is formal yet soft. The resin bound driveway is an easy-to- maintain surface that is both modern and traditional in appearance. In the back garden the natural stone terrace is perfect for entertaining. The planted beds set within the terrace help to soften the space and divide it into…

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Large Garden in Harpenden - dog statue

Large Garden, Harpenden

Front and back gardens were designed for this newly built property in Hertfordshire. The design for the driveway created a spacious circular bed around the protected Monkey Puzzle tree. The drive is surfaced in resin-bound stone, coloured to sit pleasingly with the house. Large planters with yew balls frame the entrance. A pair of coned holly trees frame the gates, and Rhododendrons and azaleas sweep around the drive with a…

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Formal town Garden Welwyn Garden City

Formal Town Garden, Welwyn Garden City

Rosemary was brought in to renovate this 1930s garden in 2012 and has now worked with three consecutive owners, helping each one bring their own personal touches to the space. This garden had solid structural elements but needed a planting scheme to enhance the mature Rhododendrons and enliven the area closest to the house. A sweeping path leads to a wishing-well brought to England by a previous owner. A surprise…

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Family Garden in Harpenden - seating

Family Garden, Harpenden

This large family garden needed renovating. It contained beautiful mature oak trees but also a jumble of overgrown and past-their-best shrubs. A terrace leads from the house to a seating area on the sunny side of the garden. Two oval lawns are woven together with curving paths and sweeps of planting. On one side, a woodland garden; on the other the sunny dining and relaxing area. Granite, hardwood timber and…

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